Clare Housing

Clare Midtown

A foundation for better health

Nestled into an existing neighborhood with many nearby services and within a short walk of a light rail stop, this mixed-use building offers 45 permanent supportive housing units for residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS along with offices for resident support staff, meeting rooms, a fitness room, and a community room. The building responds to the scale and texture of the surrounding neighborhood while offering a modern play of massing, color accents, and windows that reflect the functions of the interior spaces.

The design creates an amenity out of the challenging sloping site, introducing a light-filled, 2-story community room adjacent to the patio. Next to the patio is a healing garden filled with native and adapted plants and fitted with a natural stone seating wall and water feature, offering residents outdoor space to enjoy just steps from their home.

The welcoming design provides a strong sense of home and stability for residents, many of whom are dealing with multiple diagnoses and a history of trauma. Having housing security and assistance with medical needs helps residents achieve improved health outcomes.

This project was completed by Cermak Rhoades Architects before joining LHB.
Project Type Supportive Housing
Location Minneapolis, MN
Completion Date April 2011
Size 49,967 GSF
Features & Highlights 2014 AIA Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award
Market Housing
Service Architecture