Well versed in the art and science of placemaking, we’re an experienced team of developers and asset managers specializing in creating inspiring, context-specific places for people to live, work, learn and play. From one-of-a-kind architecture that reflects the fabric of a local community to surprising elements that foster “a-ha” moments of discovery, our multifamily projects are infinitely more than just buildings. In every project, we consider our Placemaking Essentials.
- CRAFT COMMUNITY
- REVIVE HISTORY
- IMPROVE HANG TIMES
- CELEBRATE LOCALISM
- THINK TRANSIT ALTERNATIVES
- RESPECT THE PLANET
People want to live more connected lives with their communities and each other. So we begin every project with questions: ‘What are the best things about this neighborhood? What are the positive growth trends? How can the project act as a catalyst for this growth? How can our project help to bring the neighborhood together?’ When the answers are in place, we can craft something greater than a residential address.
REVIVE HISTORYThe history of a place is part of what makes a place special. Remnants of the past—be it an iconic sign or a century-old tree—add rich character and deserve to endure. Rather than forever erasing historical elements, we strive to incorporate them into our projects and communities for everyone’s benefit.
IMPROVE HANG TIMES
IMPROVE HANG TIMESWhen spaces are comfortable and welcoming, they become spots where people simply love to hang out. Whether it’s a public plaza ideal for people watching, or an inventive water element that adds a relaxing soundtrack, we’re always devising new and innovative ways to enhance staying, playing and enjoying life.
CELEBRATE LOCALISMPlacemaking looks at the cultural identity that defines a place, and then supports its evolution. For us, this means seeking out and supporting local businesses, craftspeople and cultural influencers. Partnering with beloved coffee purveyors, enlivening spaces with regional art, utilizing furniture from local makers—all are signature attributes of an Ensemble project.
THINK TRANSIT ALTERNATIVES
THINK TRANSIT ALTERNATIVESWe believe a more ‘car-free’ existence can be a more carefree existence. Residents enjoying the convenience of alternate transportation are healthier and less stressed. We locate our projects in walkable and bike-friendly environments with proximity to transit, empowering residents to leave their cars behind.
RESPECT THE PLANET
RESPECT THE PLANETWe strive to live lightly on the land and leave every place better than we found it. Redeveloping brownfields, repurposing old buildings, embracing responsible building practices and materials, sourcing locally to help minimize our carbon footprint—these are some of the ways in which we hold the environment in highest regard.