Carpenter’s Shelter + The Bloom at Braddock

Alexandria, Virginia

Carpenter’s Shelter and The Bloom at Braddock is a 7-story mixed-use project incorporating affordable income housing and a homeless shelter facility under one roof. Carpenter’s Shelter was an existing 2-story homeless shelter that Cooper Carry completely redeveloped on the original site in partnership with Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC). The hybrid design features a build-to-suit facility to house Carpenter’s Shelter and The Bloom at Braddock. The Bloom at Braddock houses 97 low-income tax credit housing units, with amenities including a community room, multiple outdoor spaces and a 1,600-square-foot production garden. The two housing facilities share several amenities, including a level of underground parking, 10 permanent supportive housing units, and a playground.

In addition to mixing uses, the building’s exterior blends the architectural styles of the surrounding areas. The north end features a taller, more contemporary facade with metal panels and large windows, while the south end presents a punched brick opening appearance. This strategy helps to visually break up the mass of the building and create a more approachable, human-scale experience, while also aligning with zoning requirements.

In The Bloom, floor plans include spacious bedroom and living rooms, contemporary kitchens and large windows for generous natural light. Residents have access to two outdoor terraces as well as a spacious community room with lounge seating, TVs, and WiFi. Throughout the apartment complex, branded signage, light wood and floral design elements nod back to the community’s name and ADHC’s mission.

project scope

163,000 SF




Alexandria Housing Development Corporation


  • 2021 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards, Juror’s Citation in Commercial Architecture