For High-Rises, Balconies Are Going Out Of Style

Floor to ceiling glass walls are replacing balconies and terraces in many new high-rise residential projects.

"The swing in design preferences from balconies or terraces to glass walls and other high-rise glamour assets comes as cities big and small are experiencing a dramatic return to urban living."

"Ed Hord, a principal architect with the Baltimore architectural firm, Hord Coplan Macht and a past chairman of the American Institute of Architects housing committee, says builders are helping to meet the increased demand for condo and apartment housing with innovative mixed-use retail and residential units projects such as Camden Court, a 14-story rental apartment building designed by his firm with 221 units near the Orioles' baseball stadium and a light rail line in downtown Baltimore.

Though the rental property scratched balconies from its offerings at the request of the building owner, Washington D.C.-based Quadrangle Development Corp., the high-rise was marketed for its great urban location and proximity to the ballpark, which gives renters in some units their own personal skybox."

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Is This Really News?

It seems to anyone who has eyes this is obvious. I've even noticed old apartments/condos having their brick facades destroyed, and replaced with more modern wrapping and having their balconies enclosed.

coming in waves

Fashions come and go - the porch on my 1890's house in Minneapolis was enclosed in the 1920's. The same thing happened on old apartment buildings all over this town in that time frame.

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