Andrew Perkins

Andrew Perkins

Flint, MI, US


Inner City Chasm

Objectives: New apartment building + public program of choice

Given the small site, verticality becomes a preset. Reflecting on this and how to engage architecture with the city in an unprecedented way, the public component of the building becomes an urban climbing center: a climbable building.

The triangulated climbing wall is reflected on the street facade as a flattened system of wooden louvres. Visually, these planks are an extension of the board-formed concrete, implying a re-use of formwork.

Alternating double-height living spaces and climbing shafts create private triple-height climbing surfaces within each apartment. Additionally, the double-height spaces extend light penetration for greater passive heating and lighting.

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Status: School Project
Location: Buffalo, NY, US