The Yards is a 232 unit multi-family apartment building in the Stockyards District of Kansas City. Authenticity to the Stockyards past and creative present was the driving force behind the design.
The project’s 2-part massing speaks to the contrast of the traditional masonry construction of the adjacent Livestock Exchange Building while simultaneously addressing the more contemporary white metal facade of Helmut Jahns Kemper Arena.
Materials are honest and raw. Brick pavers salvaged from the area are incorporated to unify interior spaces with the open courtyard. A massive weathered steel feature wall in the Communal space is accented by sections of end-grain wood flooring, concrete, and exposed CMU walls. The Yards supports this district’s artist through the integration of art and architecture with curated local art and 60’ tall custom exterior installation, evoking the flow of pasture prairie grasses.
The Yards is a contextual yet contemporary transformative revitalization.