Glasshouse Landscape Architecture

Designed for Trammell Crow Company on the site of Pittsburgh’s historic glassmaking factories, Glasshouse is positioned along the Monongahela River overlooking Pittsburgh’s Central Business District. The site shares a rich history with the city and the neighborhoods that surround it. This transit-oriented project is within walking distance of downtown with light rail and bus stops located adjacent to the site. The project was constructed on a brownfield and met environmental design standards for building adjacent to the 100 yr. floodplain.

Phase 1 included the development of two multifamily buildings providing 316 market-rate apartments, 5,000 gsf of retail space and structured parking with 450 spaces. The building and landscape were designed according to urban riverfront guidelines. Key concepts encourage residents, visitors and the community to view the water and utilize the Three Rivers Heritage Trail for walking and biking. Ground floor residential units include porches, stoops, and patios to engage the adjacent public spaces and access the trail.

The landscape of this former brownfield was transformed into walkable community with a focus on wellness, fitness, public space access and safety. Landscape features includes a Public Park space on the west side of the building, the Heritage hiker/biker trail to the north, streetscape with public access to the trail and several amenity courtyards for resident activities. The courtyards feature four activity lawns for exercise and games, two outdoor kitchen/grill areas, a shade trellis with outdoor dining space, a swimming pool and a variety of seating throughout.

HCM landscape architects were key consultants in the planning & entitlement for this project, including presentations to City and stakeholders for the trail, public spaces, streetscape and courtyards. The project went through zoning approvals, city design review, permitting, and CSX & Heritage Trail design reviews.

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