An innovative residential site and building design directly responding to the pressures of environmental challenges and increasing populations; providing architecture that is restorative, flexible, and unifying.
Sited in Queens, our solution proposed a large scale infrastructure levee project creating a new nodal master-planning element for the reclamation and protection of at risk areas of New York City. The building plugs into a proposed tidal canal and floodplain wetlands system providing ecological remediative and restorative functions to the NYC coastlines. The base of the building presents flexible work/industrial/commercial spaces to accommodate productive economic and ecological activities for the residential community above. Facilities provide distributed water desalinization and treatment as well as power generation capabilities on site.
The residential tower above is designed as a single loaded skip stop tower with a mix of amenity and co-op farming activities opposite residential units. To encourage residents to stay in the city as they marry, raise families, and return to empty nesters, units are designed to expand and contract absorbing the revenue generating co-op farming space, providing a model for flexible growth and encouraging the development of community identity and ownership of building, neighborhood, and city by residents.
This project won 2014 Unbuilt Awards for both the DC and Maryland Chapters of the AIA