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Office + Retail + Residential Condos: 95% Sold Before Opening

Project Details:

  • Project Name: Tessera at Mosaic
  • Client: Eco Group, a joint venture of Lee More Capital
  • Location: Pittsboro, NC
  • Size:  64,662 sq ft, 3 Stories, 11 Residential Condominiums
  • Project Type: Mixed Use, Residential Condominiums, Restaurant, Co-working Office Space, Storage, Amenities

Client Challenge

Tessera at Mosaic is the commercial gateway to Chatham Park, a 7,100-acre Mixed Use project in Pittsboro, NC. Eco Group, the project’s developer, approached Finley Design with an ambitious goal – to create an iconic design for a mixed use building consisting of residential condominiums, office, retail and restaurant space.

The challenge was to develop a design that was both flexible enough to accommodate each type of use while establishing a strong brand identity. To make the project feel unique yet have a connection to the rural character of Chatham County and Pittsboro, NC, Finley Design blended contemporary elements with a traditional local, agricultural and industrial feel.

Design Approach

Finley Design blended influences from rural and old textile mill architecture to create a dynamic and uniquely contemporary design. Weathered brick, traditional brick patterns, steel structure, corrugated metal panels, backlit translucent glass panels in red and white – combined with a modern interpretation of rustic metal panels – create an engaging, town center aesthetic.

The multi-level plan includes a coworking office design on the first and second floors, an enclosed clubhouse at roof level, and a signature lobby tower with backlit glass panels. 

An outdoor seating area, fire pit, and stage were added to the south courtyard to provide residents, tenants, shoppers, and the community with a vibrant gathering space.

Lighting design was approached as an opportunity to incorporate lighting as an architectural element, rather than just fixtures that simply glow. Up and downlighting animate the surfaces of the façade at night, while rustic light fixtures in black metal accents reflect the craftsman brand of the overall design. 

Finally, a tower facing the central commons anchors the main street of the town center and features a vertical blade sign for Chatham Park.

Project Result

The collaborative design process and creative, cost-effective solutions made this project a great success. The combination of modern, agricultural, and mill architecture created an attractive style that appealed to potential buyers and renters alike. As a result, the building was leased at 95% condo sales before it even opened. This was well above the developer’s initial expectations for leasing prior to construction.

The combination of modern, agricultural, and old mill architecture created an attractive style that appealed to potential buyers and renters alike. 3D renderings allowed potential buyers and renters to get an accurate understanding of the building’s design elements, as well as its functionality, which built confidence in pre-construction purchasing decisions.