Matthew Crnkovich | Quyen Ma | Viktor Ramos |Peter Stanley
Rice University won the China lab charrette. There were 22 entries. They are all on the China lab website if you want to check them out.They've put together a pretty interesting future city with the axons of all the entries.
It was a fun weekend. The timing was perfect because we submitted our proposals just before heading off on the studio field trip to Hong Kong.
Lift / Tuck was created to address many of the pitfalls of high density housing projects in China and Hong Kong. The scheme concerns the tower / podium relationship and how it can work to form a landscape. The block was conceived of as a solid that is carved away and has voids cut through the middle of it. The result generates a main promenade circulation which is obvious and
global. One travels through the podium by means of a secondary circulation system that is more circuitous and localized.
Sections of the building were lifted high off the ground plane, returning parts of the site to the city as ground level public space. These spaces would be a gathering place for residents and visitors alike—used for concerts, markets, movies, beauty pageants, political gatherings, trade shows, and more. In addition, the residential towers centered around communal open spaces.
Residential units collect at the corner towers, local retail clings to the residential towers, and destination retail pushes towards the exterior. The bi- level residential units lock into each other, and their relationship and configuration registers on the towers.