1400 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD
Cignal Corp
Completed February 2005
Architecture, Interiors

10-story, 48-unit luxury condominium including duplex units.


The site is defined to the north by the historic E.J. Cod Building, South Caroline Street to the East, Lancaster Street to the South and Spring Street to the West.  After a very public process of re-zoning, the building was designed to serve as a bridge between the tall, high-density mixed-use development of the Inner Harbor and the low-scale single-family townhouses of the Fells Point community.  

The tower sits on a two-story parking garage podium, where obscure glass conceals the parking and provides an attractive retail-like base at the pedestrian level.  The third and fourth floors consist of eight duplex units with terraces.  The western duplex units include a unique cabana that serves as a separate guest house, including a bathroom and indoor/outdoor fireplace. 

The three vertical towers of the western façade are oriented to maximize the view of Baltimore’s Harbor.  Glass, brick and precast concrete form the contemporary skin.  Norwegian-size brick was used for efficiency in construction as well as for its elegant 12-inch long proportion. 

The project’s location in a flood zone dictated that all habitable spaces be above the flood plane, which is five feet above the grade at the entrance to the condo.  This challenge inspired the geometric terrazzo pattern floor that helps to orient residents as they enter and proceed up the stair to arrive in the lobby.

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