Jan '05 - Feb '07
(this represents the work of a weekend. My girlfriend and I worked together on it, and entered it into a local design competition, which was displayed at the Emerging Architect's yearly gallery show. The competition brief asked entrants to address the Southbank of the St. John's River in Jacksonville....we plan on further developing the scheme and the individual pieces of architecture within it for our portfolios. comments / questions please...)
Activating the Southbank
A design proposal by Meredith Klein and Aaron Plewke
This design concept operates at 3 scales:
1 - Downtown
First, we propose connecting the Southbank with the Northbank. To this end, we are
creating a “Bridgewalk” that will connect the Riverwalk near the Landing to the
Riverwalk near the Maritime Museum and Friendship Park.
2 - Park
Second, we propose re-configuring Friendship Park to create a more comfortable public
space with increased opportunities. To this end, we are implementing expanses of grass,
trees, and various elements that reinforce the human scale.
Currently, the grand scale of the existing fountain overpowers the park. Although
Friendship Fountain is an important icon for the City of Jacksonville, it is our position
that it can remain iconic while giving way to design moves that make Friendship Park
a more habitable public space.
3 - Museum
Third, we propose consolidating the Maritime Museum's functions into a single building.
This new building will be located on the West side of the Main Street Bridge, in the
same general spot as the current half-Museum building. This location will allow the
new building to engage the newly re-configured Friendship Park. The half-Museum to
the East of the Main Street Bridge will be replaced by the Maritime Memorial Garden.
This intimate public space will serve as a counterpoint to Friendship Park.
The newly activated Southbank will become home to a Cultural Campus, complete
with the Museum of Science and History, the newly consolidated Maritime Museum, River
City Brewing Co. and Marina, and Friendship Fountain (the remix), all unified by a
re-configured Friendship Park.
Site Plan, the Jacksonville Landing on the Northbank, connected to the Southbank by a Bridgewalk
Site as it exists. The large fountain in the center of the park measures 100' across.
Our initial plan concept, as submitted to the Jacksonville Times-Union for publication in an article later this month. We were also interviewed for the article, which was previewed at the Jacksonville AIA chapter gala last night. Our comments were quoted throughout the article, including this, the closing paragraph: "It may sound cliche, but we represent the future of Jacksonville," Plewke said. "And as young architects, we have the potential of impacting the built environment. More than individual exposure, the EA Gallery gives us the opportunity to add to the public's discourse about architecture, design, and specifically, the character of downtown."
Perspective images in context
Section of Bridgewalk
Experiential section through site