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Irvine, CA | Chicago, IL | Denver, CO | Oakland, CA | Los Angeles, CA | Tysons Corner, VA

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KTGY R+D Studio: Skytowns | A Townhome High-Rise Concept

The urban lifestyle provides varied experiences and draws from a wide range of cultures, generations, and socio-economic backgrounds. However, the options for urban living are still relatively narrow. Unit sizes and locations provide options for cost, be it rental or for sale, but the vast majority of the units are limited to stacked flat units in a multi-story building. As business opportunities continue to saturate urban cores, there is a sense that more commuters might prefer to live closer to work if their desired type of living situation were available to them.

The Skytowns concept is a residential high-rise building, composed entirely of two-story townhome units. While a typical high-rise residential tower may strive to achieve 80% efficiency, the Skytowns concept reaches near 90% efficiency by minimizing corridor and elevator lobby area. Access to all residential units is located at the lower level of each townhome. Since access is not necessary at the levels aligning with the upper level of the townhome units, elevators only stop on every other level of the highrise tower, reducing elevator cost. The alternating levels can then recapture the shared circulation space as residential unit space, raising the overall efficiency of the building.

 
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Status: Unbuilt

 
Balconies and bay windows occur at alternating levels.
Balconies and bay windows occur at alternating levels.