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Tower on the Highline

Type: Mixed Use

The driver behind this project was to create an intriguing public space that would draw the user toward multiple areas of the site. One being the end of the promenade on the High Line level and one being the covered atrium/courtyard. The addition of two towers on the site and a hotel, to be utilized by the transient tourists and business visitors of New York City, is easily accessed from 17th Street and the High Line.  The taller tower (residential), provides panoramic views of the city. The design of the towers has a maritime influence, reminiscent of the great passenger ships, while the pattern on the glass is a tip of the hat to Frank Gehry’s IAC building design, as it provides shading to the residences encountering all day sun exposure. The building complex is an inviting oasis to those that venture the streets of Chelsea, brimming with multiple levels of public program and community space to keep the public engaged, while providing amenities and luxury to those that live and stay in the towers.

Campus Catalyst

Type: Civic

As part of a larger project that lasted the whole semester, the final proposal was to be a catalyst that would spark the framework plan (shown below).  To consolidate the program on the corner of Warren Street and Summit Street to specific areas will allow for the students that interact with this corner everyday to have a more pleasant experience. By densifying this area with placed program such as a large outdoor seating area to facilitate the currently placed food trucks, it will give pedestrians a reason to relax, and enjoy the company of their fellow students rather than pass by and hurry to their next destination. This project was presented in front of a board of judges from various organizations on campus that eventually voted on a winning project to be built.

Reinvisioning Newark

Type: Masterplan

With 40,000 college students attending school in University Heights, only approx. 3,000 of those students live on-campus between the four universities (NJIT, RBHS, Rutgers Newark, Essex County College). The population of Newark dramatically drops in the evening of weekdays and over the weekend, the only way to fix this sense of vacancy felt by the students of the various universities is the bring more people, program and development to the area. By consolidating the campuses to make one larger network of dense scholastic buildings, adding new housing and shopping districts along with park space, we provide a solution that will bring the capacity of on campus living to 20,000 students and 20,000 more beds will be available for residents of outside counties to come and live where they work.

Branching Out

Type: Civic

The goal of this project is to bring back the library to the missed generation, after asking many people as to why there seems to be such a large gap in people that use the public library. Their response was simple, I don’t see a reason to go the library.  This project gives the people a new branch library to visit. The new branch library will have two destination points, a community wing and reading wing, both cantilever out to the property line. The community wing brings together meeting rooms, an art gallery and large community room. Whereas the top floor includes a variety of study spaces and a large split level reading room. This library branches out and up, from a steel column core with a series of vierendel trusses and cantilevering beams. This creates a system of skinny columns freeing up floor space.

Soft City

Type: Civic

The Soft City Center located in Modasa, India will be a new city center for the villagers of the area to come and build and then showcase and sell their skills, learned in the learning center, to the people of Modasa.  Through the construction of these buildings, they dictate the privacy or public use of program that they accommodate.  With the market being in the center spine of the complex, the other buildings surround it by directing their unique corrugated roof shapes to other building programs. The movement through the Soft City toward the reservoir also makes for a unique experience from the approach all the way to the end of the wooden deck.

Newark Graduate Housing

Type: Mixed-Use

At the site, the academic area of Newark meets the downtown area. Newark Graduate Housing would become a mixing valve. Here, different professionals and graduate students can interact and share ideas. Two housing blocks frame a new street, a “Strøget” creating a new cultural center. The Washington Street housing block consists of quads and married graduate units, thus making it more unit- internalized. The façade offers horizontal windows and screens to continue with the direction and fast horizontal movement of Washington Street as well as to protect from the harsh western sun. The Halsey Street housing block consists of single graduate, quads and scholar’s units. These units are more externalized, thus the need for more lounge and computer space. The facade has staggered vertical windows to exaggerate the building’s height in relation to the new Prudential Tower and Hanes Building. Both housing blocks have fingers that plug into the pedestrian street, creating raised, private courtyards for the graduates.  The creation of this new “Strøget” creates a new urban-scape for Newark,  blending the two divided  neighborhoods into one.

Newark Scholars House

Type: Residential

NSH SparkPlug is a community for scholars that maximizes the potential for community interaction by connecting all levels of the program while still achieving a level of privacy that a scholar would want. SparkPlug has a number of features that will positively impact one’s stay in this community: A pitched roof system with solar panels for energy saving solar harvesting, large amounts of indirect sunlight for all day ambient lighting, as well as a mixing valve of seminar spaces that connects the community to the scholars.  SparkPlug is created with the notion that: Community is the spark and ideas are the flame, resulting in positive scholarly living.

Brick Build

Type: Competition

This project started as an individual competition with the design of a firehouse for Boonton, NJ. After a 3-week process one project was selected and a new 4-week process began to make a representation of that project into a real, built piece of architecture. Our team building is represented in our mock-up model, integrating elements of nature, multiple levels of circulation, and intimate spaces, including a memorial space that combines the elements of water and light. We used a series of brick and wood screens along with bamboo and precast concrete roof-ing to unify those elements.

50 James Street

Type: Facade Design

In this project for 50 James Street, our goal was to establish a system that could relate the inside of the house to the facade through different pulls and punctures that we applied to both the front and rear facade. We started with the structural conditions present in the plans of the existing row house, and what may or may not have been built in the plan for this house. The row house structure was divided into 3 bearing walls with the middle- bearing wall broken up from floor to floor for access and movement throughout the different spaces in the house. First, we took the middle-bearing wall, pushed it out on both ends of the house and exploited the bearing wall structure to the exterior of the building. Then the facade was divided into three datums to provide a hierarchy to the center-bearing wall that runs through the house.