Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Ithaca, NY

40,000 GSF

LEED for Homes Registered

Housing, LEED Registered, Not for Profit, Sustainable

Stone Quarry Apartments is a three-building development in the south end of Ithaca, consisting of two rows of eight, two-story townhouses, and one larger three-story apartment building.

The complex holds 35 units total with a mix of townhouses, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The organizing concept for the project is the central green space, defined by the u-shaped arrangement of the three buildings. The green space or "mews" becomes a central public/private transition space akin to a public square. The space is further divided by rain gardens that capture and filter water collected by the building's roofs. This central green space is supported by a larger playground and basketball court to the rear, with further water retention areas along the perimeter.


The buildings themselves are a unique take on the standard pitched roof house seen throughout the neighborhood. The single pitch dormers reference the traditional "peaked" dormer linking traditional and contemporary. The roof articulation also expresses the onsite water filtration. Particular attention has been paid to articulation of massing to create variety along the street scape and appropriate scale for the neighborhood. With the addition of fences, sidewalks and plantings along the street scape the project is a key link in furthering the walkability of the neighborhood.


The project is seeking LEED for Homes Gold Certification. Along with onsite water control, other sustainable features include, efficient envelope with efficient framing and spray foam insulating air barrier. Large high efficiency windows balance thermal control while providing ample daylight and natural ventilation.


For more information about this project contact Steve Hugo, AIA:


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