7 South Linn

Located on the small 41′ by 95′ site of the former historic landmark Van Patten House, the project will consist of first level retail space and 36 micro-units on floors 2-7.

This project provides a new type of housing for the city’s growing number of young professionals and single grad-students who want to live in the center of downtown. Inspired by Carmel Place in New York City, the building offers two micro-unit sizes – (24) 284 sqft units and (12) 474 sqft units. The fully furnished units will feature smart storage solutions and flexible furniture systems. High ceilings and oversized windows will create a sense of spaciousness. Additional amenities for residents include a rooftop gathering space with individual planting beds, a compact coffee bar in the first floor lobby, and storage units in the basement. A rooftop photovoltaic array will offset energy needed to power common areas.

The building is clad with a gradient pattern of pre-weathered and natural zinc panels, with black porcelain tile at the east entries.  The sheen of the natural panels will weather over time to aesthetically evolve along with the ever-changing Iowa City downtown.

Project Type

In Progress


Iowa City, Iowa


27,219 SF