The cultural, economical and ecological fabric around the site lends itself to the following strategies and a triple bottom line approach that guides our design development.
Human and Nature Connection
Given the site’s proximity to the floodplain and other green infrastructure of the city, the development of the site plays a pivotal role in addressing the urban ecology around. We focused on an ecological approach as a decisive mechanism for the site and to drive our social and economic strategies. Our aim is to create an ecologically resilient structure that acts a green sponge to mitigate urban heat island effect, retain stormwater, and help reduce air pollution.
Placemaking as an Indicator
The project creates a direct connection between the W 12th street and Bethune St to promote free flow of pedestrian traffic. The project acts as a diverse use model in itself with mixed uses (cafes, galleries, offices, library, childcare etc), communal spaces on the lower stories, immersive park space in the center, co-living spaces, and community garden spaces on the level above. The aim is to create a circular economy with anchor tenants which can generate revenues for building maintenance, thus creating a self sustaining economy.
Architecture and Co-living Strategy
Startups/recent graduate – pods/shared bathroom
Single parents/senior citizens – 1.5 bed/shared bathroom
Single professionals – 1 bed/shared bathroom
The architecture incorporates strategies to optimize daylight, mitigate wind tunnel effect during harsh weather conditions, and provide views toward internal garden and historic neighborhood. Green pockets in the building blocks help with providing pleasant views even if the neighboring buildings build up in the future and increases the perimeter of the units to receive more daylight inside.