Sep '06 - Aug '08
Our studio held its midterm review this week. It went better than I had expected. The presentations went in alphabetical order, and due to an absence, I went first. My project was as far along as most in the class. There were a few that were quite a bit behind. I had a good idea who they would be though, as it is hard to get much done when you're never in studio. On the other hand, there were a couple that were near completion. I don't think this was of any advantage, however. It seems when you spend a lot of time on renderings and boards you tent to forget about the architecture behind the project. Anyway, I think my review went quite well and gave me some much needed direction. The one major problem I am having is how to address the facade of the buildings. This seems to be a common obstacle in all of my projects. I guess it is something I will have to work through in the next few weeks.
Above is a sketch perspective of my project. The building in front houses retail on the first floor and office spaces on the second and third. The building in the back houses dining on the first floor, offices on the second and third, and lofts above. There are two circulation shafts in the back of the building, and the two are connected with an atrium that spans the axis of the building to allow circulation from two very pedestrian laden corners, one near Comerica Park, and the other near Harmonie Park.
This is a perspective from the other corner. Here you can see the vertical circulation shafts. Below is a list of comments from the critique on my project. Any additional input you may have is always welcome.
-Make sure to include 2 stairs
-Make retail space more prominent
-May need more retail space
-Dining doesn't require as much street exposure
-Building lobby is a little too big
-Office floors need more access to elevators
-Elevators need a security system or a separate elevator is needede for residents
-Provide restrooms on every floor
-Move stairs to core to make corner space loft
-Orient lofts to maximize views
-Don't be so rigid
-Raise ceiling to give more space
-Make sure the front building isn't too small for the streetfront
-Curb radius is between 15' and 20' at corners
-Moving people through the center of the building takes people off of the city streets, like a shoping mall
-Raise atrium to make circulation space more defined
-Define public/private spaces
It may be difficult to comment without floor plans, but I would like to develop these a bit before posting them. Stay tuned...