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Mixed Use + Residential

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In mixed use and multi-family residential projects, you can achieve sophisticated design with simple forms combined with a focus on vibrant color palettes, high contrast materials, and creative details.

Specializing in:

  • Retail/office/residential
  • Retail/residential
  • Retail/parking podium design
  • HUD financed
  • Condominiums
  • Garden Apartments
  • Single Family


Mixed use buildings often tend to look like office or apartment buildings that just happen to have retail space. For a project to be really successful, the streetscape needs to have a strong retail focus.

Important retail design strategies such as pedestrian scale, engaging materials, dramatic lighting, and a robust sign program are critical to a dynamic streetscape for shops and restaurants. 

Featured Mixed Use Projects


Mosaic at Chatham Park is a dynamic mixed use town center that draws architectural inspiration from the nearby Haw River with streetscapes and design elements influenced by the outdoors. The mix of uses includes a performing arts theater, artist’s colony, entertainment and dining venues, offices, shops, and apartments. The architectural style varies with each building which establishes an eclectic and creative environment while maintaining the project’s connection to the outdoors.


Located on a prominent urban site, this Art & Entertainment Block incorporates a performing arts theater, 125 apartments, classrooms for culture and the arts, along with shops and restaurants. The project includes below-grade parking and an integral above-grade parking deck. The architecture emphasizes creative design with a rich pattern of glazing, color panels, metal, and masonry. Each mixed use function operates with carefully planned vertical circulation.


Douglas Development engaged Finley Design to renovate and rebrand One Seneca Tower, an existing 38 story building built in the early 1970s as a corporate bank headquarters. The first phase of the project will reposition the 250,000 sf 4 story annex building surrounding the base of the tower into a dynamic mixed use destination that will be a catalyst for the renewal of downtown Buffalo. Glass tower entrances along with a new retail wing, covered courtyard, and renovated facades establish an exciting and energetic environment that will transform the project, which encompasses a city block in downtown Buffalo. Finley Design is the architect for the shell, exterior, and outdoor spaces, while Antunovich Associates will provide the interior design.


The design of this nine-building multi-family project features a variety of colors for an appealingly complex appearance. The use of color dramatizes the project’s appeal while keeping a simple massing. The first recent multifamily development project in Alamance County was extremely successful with 100% occupancy within four months of completion.


The design of this mid-rise residential building features a series of facades with varying materials that compose a dynamic whole. The simple plan is articulated by projecting features that create a unique and engaging design while maintaining a cost-effective approach. The main structure is built on a concrete podium with open-air parking at the rear facade, a large amenity area, and a two-story clubhouse that opens onto the pool.


The Croatan Residence is a contemporary home for a professional couple and their family on a peninsula facing an inland lake in the Croatan area of Virginia Beach. The design features cementitious panels in varying sizes with an aluminum reveal system for a clean and modern but cost-effective cladding solution. Living spaces are organized around a swimming pool with views of the lake and surrounding protected forest.