Lifestyle Living - Multi-Family Residential Design

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Lifestyle Living is a design concept based on today’s multi-faceted urban lifestyle. Our team designs flexible units that are complemented by social & service-based amenities, such as clubrooms, roof decks, and rooftop pools.

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    The BKV creative effort embraces the client and translates their vision into reality. It is a journey that involves the community in a vision for growth and quality, and is structured to rally support and enthusiasm a team of client, neighborhood and designers working together to build community.

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    BKV design creates the physical identity of the branded residence: the visual image and operations of the residential environment propagates the brand. The high demand for units in our Lifestyle Living projects reflects the success of this design process. At BKV, a projects brand involves:

    Lifestyle Living, a concept based on todays urban lifestyle and supported by social & service-based amenities.

    Activity gardens, terraces, and roof decks for gathering and respite Residential units with openness and creative quality A sense of style and uniqueness that expresses overall value


    BKV residential design efficiency provides 85% or more of the built area in the residents unit, which creates maximum income for the client. Reducing the amount of built area while maintaining the maximum rentable area creates the lowest construction cost. This is accomplished through:

    Adjusting plan organization to minimize hallways while emphasizing lobbies and community spaces

    Properly sizing passage areas to meet code and create a sense of unit entry Creating consistent vertical floor-stacking and unit arrangement Locating stairs and elevators to facilitate minimum travel distance


    Respect for the environment forms an inherent part of the design, construction and operation of the residential facility. Air quality, light and materials support the health and comfort of the residents. BKV Group defines green through:

    Energy-saving systems for heating, cooling, lighting, and water Daylit and climate-controlled interior spaces for comfort Exterior areas that promote natural conservations and resident rejuvenation Renewable materials that support a healthy environment

    BKV Group provides total building design, from the aesthetics of branding to the science of building technology and the challenge of creative cost control.

    Design Concepts

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    Innovative construction technology expands the potential of your brand. Our creative construction methods define both the short- and long-term value of the facility. By customizating the application of codes and building systems, our approach allows for differentiation in the market place. This potential includes:

    Combining building systems and code categories to increase density Research into structural systems to increase height and flexibility Exterior material systems for efficiency and speed of construction Interior panelization and modular repetition for labor reduction


    Amenities that serve the social desires, health and spirit of the residents

    Flexible social areas visible and accessible to the residences Intimate natural landscapes and animated outdoor rooms Unique, spa-level fitness areas and programs Animated clubrooms including rooftop skyroomsUnconventional common

    spaces for living, working and beyond, including theatres, performance studios, and cyber cafes

    Stylish hallways with individual alcove unit entries Extension of dwelling units


    Spacious and open environments enriched by beautiful materials and finishes.

    Great room concepts that promote social gathering Flexible bedrooms and imaginative yet practical storage arrangements Bathrooms and kitchens with beautiful yet sustainable materials Murphy beds & alcove areas for beds Creative built-ins and vertical storage Movable walls & mobile kitchen islands Multipurpose spaces Individualized unit types Feature stairs

    Design ConceptsBKV Group provides total building design, from the aesthetics of branding to the science of building technology and the challenge of creative cost control.

  • Soo Line Building City Apartments

    1800 Lake on Calhoun


    One Southdale Place Apartments is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 69th Street and York Avenue South in Edina. This five-acre development was completed in spring 2015 and features 232 units spread over three buildings a three-story, a five-story, and a 10-story high-rise. Floor plans include studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, as well as exceptional top-floor penthouses.

    One Southdale Place offers a condo-style amenity package, setting a new bar for rental housing in the Twin Cities. Open floor plans, oversized windows, nine-foot ceilings and luxury finishes, including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, are featured in the units.

    Resident amenities include a community room, rooftop terrace, outdoor pool, full fitness center, business center, underground heated parking, and landscaped walking paths with bocce courts.

    2015 Finance & Commerce Top Project of 2014


    Located just east of Lake Calhoun, this mixed-use development is the gateway to Minneapolis popular Uptown district. The design reflects the artistic exuberance of the area through dynamic patterns, colors, and materials, while also achieving a sophisticated air at its prominent location. The use of traditional materials, such as copper and stone, grounds the project and gives it an upscale. timeless essence.

    The project gains a maritime air through the projected balconies, cornices, and large window expanses, and the interiors wave walls and natural natural blue, white and green colors. This motif reflects the aesthetic of the nearby lake and its boat shelters, sailboats and docks. The culmination of the project is a rooftop patio. There, residents can take in the full panorama of the lake and neighborhood.

    2012 Multi-Housing News, Silver Winner, Best New Development Mid-Rise


    The mixed-use project is located at the heart of the vibrant Lyn-Lake neighborhood. It is a six-story community with retail and restaurant space on the first floor. Floors two through six have 171 units of market-rate rental housing. Below-grade, on two levels, is the parking garage with capacity for 242 cars.

    This location presents a unique opportunity to connect with the neighborhoods diversity, charm, and walkability/bikeability including the nearby collection of local bars, theatres, restaurants, and the Midtown Greenway cycling corridor that defines the propertys northern edge.

    Amenities include a roof deck with views of downtown, a splash deck with pool and hot tub, attached coffee and wine bar, 24-hour fitness center, and boutique-style lobby and gathering spaces.

    Exterior materials are contemporary and dynamic in nature to reflect this particular intersection, but are also familiar materials found throughout the Lyn-Lake neighborhood such as masonry, glass, metal and composite siding. Selected colors for the facades are vibrant oranges and yellows expressive colors derived from the neighborhoods logo and brand identity.

    Finance & Commerce Top Project of 2014


    The 19-story Soo Line Building was built in 1915. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in Minneapolis. The building was recently renovated as a mixed-use development with 254 apartment units on the second through the eighteenth floors, retail/restaurant spaces on the ground floor and basement level, and office/retail/amenity spaces on the second (Skyway level) and third floor.

    The historic interior contains a dramatic three-story lobby that features a floating glass staircase. Amenities include a concierge, business center, fitness center, and a rooftop which features a year-round, indoor/outdoor sky club, park and pool, coupled with stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi River.

    2013 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best in Real Estate Development Award- Adaptive Reuse, Finalist

    Top Project of 2013, Minneapolis Finance & Commerce

  • VUE

    VUE is a seven-story upscale apartment building located at the corner of Oak Grove and Clifton Avenue in Loring Park, Minneapolis. Historically, VUEs site was home to multiple smaller residences. One of the many challenges of the site involved responding to the historic site context while still expressing a contemporary, sophisticated presence. This was accomplished by including a series of walk-ups along Oak Grove, which enforces the connection to the street and allows a pedestrian-scale interface along the buildings north faade. To maintain the appropriate scale and context, the building steps back along the north faade again at the fifth and sixth levels.

    The 119-unit boutique-style apartment building expresses sophistication from the point of entry. The open plan of the entry lobby, concierge counter, live/work cafe and flex space allows the residents to welcome guests and clients into an upscale high-functioning environment.

    Residents also enjoy an amenity-f