Copperwood, at 300 Bunn Drive with 153 rental units for people seeking a lifestyle never before available in Princeton, marked its official birth date on October 21. Delivering this project took a decade filled with challenges that J. Robert Hillier FAIA turned into a spectacular environment.
But the appeal goes beyond the obvious aspects of “luxurious, pleasing, elegant, and numerous amenities.” These words fail to convey why the lawyer, doctor, professor, Wall Street trader, parent of a college student, new grandparent, or newlywed, all with the sophistication and resources to live anywhere, will choose Copperwood in Princeton.
A word of explanation — not often associated with residential housing — is “compelling.” Those who visit this community are immediately drawn into an environment that offers a compelling and most appealing juxtaposition of a location that stimulates the mind and aesthetic sensibility, while soothing the soul.
Designed and developed by world-renowned architect J. Robert Hillier, Copperwood, with state-of-the-art energy saving and sustainable elements, has the architectural feel of a sophisticated, modern SoHo hotel with sunlit passageways, piazzas, gardens, and a fountain. Its five buildings nestled in a 21-acre densely wooded preserve are within walking distance of Princeton Shopping Center and a mile and a half from downtown Princeton, which combines the cultural excitement of a major urban center with the intimacy of a small town.
“World class” best describes Princeton University and its cultural venues, such as the free Princeton Art Museum, Richardson Auditorium Concert Hall, and McCarter Theater performing arts center. Everyday lectures feature international superstars in every academic discipline open to everyone at no cost.
Princeton, the town, features the award-winning Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Arts Council, Bainbridge House’s Historical Museum and the animated energy of Nassau Street, with its dozens of locally owned shops and national retailers. Top off this treasure of lifestyle assets with a mass transit system that provides easy passage to the rest of the world through New York, Philadelphia, or Newark Airport.
But, while at Copperwood, residents can open the door and be greeted by an arboreal environment featuring clean air and a starlit night sky, hundreds of 100-year-old trees, songbirds, deer, and hiking and jogging paths, throughout the preserved open space.
It is the perfect retreat from high-pressure jobs and meets the need to chill out on weekends with its fitness center, cafe, meeting room, and concierge services to respond to one’s every need. Parking is underground with direct elevator connection to every floor in the complex.
For those who are retired and seek intellectual and cultural stimulation in their lives, there are extensive recreational, cultural, and educational resources throughout the region, as well as the plethora of volunteer opportunities in thriving nonprofit organizations.
Architect J. Robert Hillier FAIA, is known throughout the world for his design skills but, in Princeton, known for his ability to listen to the citizens and elected officials and create outcomes that enhance the quality of life in the community. As a Princeton University alumnus, an adjunct professor in the Princeton University School of Architecture, and a developer in the Princeton area for decades, Hillier has an intimate knowledge of the sensitivities and strengths of the Princeton community and the town-gown dynamic.
From that knowledge he designed a tightly knit project with the feel of a European village with its internal system of piazzas and gardens. The project disturbed only four acres of the site and the remaining 17 acres have been placed into conservation for perpetuity.
Besides its small footprint, Copperwood is one of the greenest projects ever constructed in Princeton. It features green roofs — irrigated by water harvested from rain fall that eliminated the need for extensive storm water detainage basins. The buildings’ facades, colored to blend into the wooded site, are of reflective materials to repel the heat of the sun, and all appliances and plumbing fixtures are of maximum sustainable effect.
Copperwood thus is sensible and sensual — a winning formula for residential living right in the town of Princeton.
Copperwood Princeton, 300 Bunn Drive, Princeton. www.copperwoodprinceton.com or 609-924-0333.