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One Highland in Fort Thomas

MA Monday: Design Inspiration for One Highland Exterior

Welcome to "MA Monday," a weekly feature we're doing in collaboration with MA Design. This first segment features Sari Lehtinen with the first of three in a series on Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Check out the video above for more.

Meet Sari Lehtinen, MA Design Cincinnati Senior Architectural Designer [ARK (FISE), LEED AP], and firm Associate. Born and raised in Finland, with a tenure of international design jobs, Sari’s designs are influenced by her global experience.

Sari is known internationally for her incredible multifamily residential designs, and we are lucky enough that right now she’s calling Cincinnati home, taking her talents and time to build the future of Greater Cincinnati. Vivacious and energized, Sari’s creativity is met with experience and a strategic approach for implementation. Her designs are defined through thoughtful intention; purposeful yet profound.

Today, Sari is taking us on a special exclusive tour of one of her latest - and greatest - projects, One Highland, capturing the spirit and heart of Fort Thomas.

Throughout the series, Sari will explain the reasoning behind key design decisions, educate the audience on architectural speak to increase understanding, and demonstrate the influence of the existing neighborhoods and communities she considers when creating her designs.

One Highland is designed to add vibrancy to and complement the downtown of Fort Thomas at the intersection of Highland and Fort Thomas Avenues with a mix of inviting commercial storefront spaces at the street level and two levels of beautiful condominium dwelling units above, ranging in size from 1,700 SF to 2,800 SF. Each of the units has a large furnishable balcony, generously sized open kitchen-living-dining area with large windows for daylight and connection to the surrounding community and graceful master suite with ample closet space. Residences feel secure with private, designated structured parking below grade while a separate area provides for the commercial spaces behind the building.

Sari’s passion for architecture is contagious, and her focus demonstrates her mission to push boundaries in design. Her work in Fort Thomas is a great example of all of this - with an architectural language based on the rich and varied historic built environment of the community.

To learn more about MA Design, or to see other projects they've worked on in Cincinnati and beyond, click here.