Beachwoods Modern Twenty Four Hundred
By: Caroline Merk
The city of Beachwood will soon have beautiful new luxury living options! Brickhaus Partners’ Twenty Four Hundred is under construction on Richmond Road, between Fairmount and Cedar.
According to Alexandra Yonkov, Principal, Brickhaus Partners, the townhome development will consist of four buildings with three residences in each. Architecturally all four are the same, but to avoid repetition, they played with shapes and colors. The exteriors will vary. One will be charcoal stained cedar, another will be metal clad, the third will be bleached cedar and the fourth will be cement board. The effect is meant to avoid a cookie cutter look and to create the appearance that each building is a single home. The entryways will be done in a warm cedar to be welcoming.
Twenty Four Hundred was challenging from the start, she says, because Beachwood did not want “modern architecture,” specifically objecting to flat roofs. “They wanted architecture that blends in with their traditional neighborhoods. So, we accommodated them by creating townhomes that marry modern design with the sloped roof of traditional architecture,” she explains. The solution has a creative twist. “There is no overhang and the angle of the roof is asymmetrical, elements inspired by Scandinavian design.” In Nordic countries flat roofs are seldom used because of the snow, and they also use a lot of wood in their construction. Their way of combining practicality and aesthetics is very much in line with Alexandra’s thinking.
All the town homes of Twenty Four Hundred will have metal roofs, in keeping with a modern aesthetic, as opposed to a traditional shingled roofs. According to Alexandra, the cost of metal roofs is almost twice as much as traditional materials. “The quality of design is the driving force,” she emphasizes.
Alexandra is an architect educated in her native Bulgaria. After ten years of working on both residential and commercial projects, she moved to London to study Project Management at the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. She serves as Project Manager for all Brickhaus construction.
“We were fortunate enough to collaborate with Horton Harper Architects,” she says, “They were so easy to work with.” Michael Horton, Principal and Co-founder of the firm, adds, “It has been a pleasure working with Alex on Twenty Four Hundred. She is multifaceted and often wears many hats. This gives her a unique perspective on our profession and allows her to develop creative solutions to the often complex problems that arise throughout the design and construction process.”
The creative thought is evident in many aspects of the project’s design. Windows, for example, were arranged in patterns combining vertical and horizontal ones in various sizes. “The windows become artwork from the interior and the exterior,” says Alexandra. A standout element of each residence is a spacious terrace on the second floor under the rooftop. There is nothing like it in Northeast Ohio. “If we had designed a simple balcony instead, it would have cost us 1/10 of the current terrace. We want people to have the outdoor experience.” The townhomes, which have approximately 2,400 square feet, start at $539,000 pre-construction price. Standard features include first floor master suites, two outdoor patios, high vaulted ceilings, Bosch appliances, quartz counter tops and other contemporary finishes.
The project’s prime location, like other Brickhaus developments, is of key importance. Alexandra thrives on creating urban oases that provide people with the opportunity to have a walkable lifestyle. Twenty Four Hundred is near numerous amenities, including shopping and dining (Beachwood Place, LaPlace, Legacy Village), green space (Metroparks’ Acacia Reservation) and quick access to major freeways.