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550 West Broad

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Student name: 
Nathanial Lephart Christina Tefend Clark Sabula
Discipline: 
Architecture
Level: 
Master 2
Instructor(s): 
Rob Livesey
Course: 
ARCH 7410: Advanced Architectural Design I
Term: 
Autumn 2016
Description: 

We started by looking at the scale of our program on the site and how we wanted to organize them. First we placed the commercial program around Broad St. offering a strong connection to the surrounding context through a main node. We created two more nodes on the north and south end which provide access to several elements. 

Next we stacked the amenity space above to allow accessibility but separation from the most public areas and a connection to the residential placed above. In an effort to respect the context we allowed the residential to melt down to the ground floor in between the three nodes. We began shifting the planes on the ground to create frontage for the commercial and shifting above to allow light and air in to our single loaded corridors.

Since the midterm, we focused on creating a space that interacted with the environment around it, rather than merely forming a barrier.

In an effort to accomplish this, we first concentrated on the terrace level. The floors above it were raised significantly, giving this new ground plane some room to breathe and cultivating a more welcoming environment. We concentrated a significant amount of effort towards programming this space, in hopes to make this terrace level an oasis above the streets.

We also started to melt down the residential floors onto the ground level in an effort to speak to the same scale as the built environment surrounding the site. This move created a more familiar street presence.

 

The third major move we detailed was the ability to have seemingly “floating” floorplates. This free plan was able to be integrated by incorporating post-tension concrete slabs along the first two floors, and a Veradale truss system above. This allowed for more shifting of the floorplates, a major motif throughout the project. 

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