Situated in Cleveland’s vibrant University Circle, Artisan is a 24-story, luxury high-rise apartment property boasting 298 units and numerous amenities. Artisan is the first completed component of the Circle Square Master Plan, which is designed to develop a mixed-use, walkable community featuring retail, office, parking, and residential spaces. Surrounded by cultural institutions, Case Western University, and Cleveland Clinic, the building’s design reflects its position at the crossroads of art and science, providing housing for medical staff and contributing to a more engaged, connected neighborhood. 


FitzGerald spearheaded architecture and interior design, collaborating with developer White Oak Realty Partners, Ponsky Capital Partners, and Midwest Development Partners alongside local consultant Bialosky. The building offers a variety of floor plans in studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom formats, as well as a rooftop amenity level, covered parking, and ground-floor retail space. Building amenities include a dog wash station, yoga room, bike room, sports simulator room, pool, fitness room, coworking space, and a gear room that enables tenants to rent equipment for exploring the city.  

Connectivity is a unifying thread of the project, so the building design engages with and responds to its context. The face of the building was designed at an angle to align with view corridors connecting downtown Cleveland, Lake Erie, Wade Lagoon, and the rich campus of civic and cultural destinations within the neighborhood. The building’s glass exterior is a striking and modern addition to the skyline, visible from both passing vehicles and at a pedestrian scale. The sizable garage is clad in variegated metal panel, ventilating the space while preserving the exterior aesthetic.  

Light, airy, and comfortable, the building interior design draws inspiration from the surrounding cultural and natural context, with bold art pieces arranged throughout. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with layers of warm woods seemingly floating above the reception desk for an impactful entrance, while approachable and genuine materials establish a welcoming atmosphere.  Units were designed to allow tenants flexibility to select a scheme that works with their style, through a few options of finishes and appliance levels. The crowning jewel of this 24-story building is the rooftop amenity floor and deck, with unobstructed views to the lake on the East and views to the lake and downtown Cleveland on the West. To support the graduate student population and tenants who work from home, there is an extensive work lounge with a variety of seating to support multiple modalities of work. 

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Designed with environmental impact and wellbeing top of mind, Artisan has achieved a Green Building Initiative (GBI) Green Globes New Construction Multifamily certification at a Two Globes Level and is currently pursuing Fitwel certification. Wellness features include blackout shading in sleeping areas, acoustic sound controls, fitness spaces, and superior air filtration systems. Sustainability elements include a green roof that reduces urban heat island effect, high-performance glazing and insulated spandrels in the façade design, efficient LED lighting, and low-impact mechanical systems. The Artisan’s total operational emissions are 23% lower than a compared Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Median property. 

Maximizing its position in its rich cultural surroundings, the Artisan encourages residents to engage with each other, explore their surroundings, and fully enjoy where they live, work, and play.