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Kevin Chamberlin

Kevin Chamberlin

Charlotte, NC, US

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[re]formation

The design of the two towers derives from the idea of a gateway into the redevelopment of the Debniki district. Reformation is meant to give a landmark to a district of Debniki that lacks definition. The forms themselves are created from ideas of hierarchy of the site and city, and views, and sustainability. An urban plan shaped the footprints of the site and the impact they have on the Wisla River and highway that provide the borders.

 

Hierarchy of the site is directed toward the new conference center and to the hotel. Green spaces are located on the site in these areas to frame the flow inward towards the redevelopment. The views from the towers are oriented towards the hierarchy of the Krakow: Wawel castle and the Vistula River. The observation decks at the top floors allow for a view to the city of Krakow that is unprecedented, much like the height of the towers proposed. These two towers will give a definition to not only the district of debniki but to the city of Krakow embracing their modernity.

Ideas of sustainability are represented through utilization of a double facade system that gives the storefront usage a thicker membrane while not sacrificing transparency. To keep the buildings true to their delicate nature, the materials used are steel, glass, copper, and aluminum. Copper is used as an homage to the historical buildings crowning elements that so well defined Krakow as a city with a strong artistic representation in the European community.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Kraków, PL

 

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