Advanced Design Studio: Bald/Birmann

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Project Description

This project is a proposal for micro urbanistic environment that integrates low density and high density housing within a 100 by 100 meter city block outside of Brasilia. A formal strategy that combines multiple scales of massing accentuates the drastic height changes characteristic of urban environment. The block is subdivided into two smaller parcels – the parcel adjacent to the destination street is mixed use with ground floor retail space and housing above. Duplexes and townhouses are mixed with smaller scale frontage for retail. A central retail courtyard space is introduced to encourage the pedestrians from the main street to circulate and shop within the block.

The block is subdivided into two smaller parcels – one adjacent to the destination street, which is mixed use with ground floor retail space and housing above; the other which is exclusively housing. The housing types placed along the “destination street” are duplexes and townhouses and address the need for smaller scale frontage for retail programs. A central retail courtyard space encourages the pedestrians from the main street to circulate and shop within the block. The courtyard’s perimeter of duplexes and townhouses maintains a small sense of scale. Large cascading towers feel less imposing behind the smaller housing blocks while managing to incorporate high density condos.

Although the change in scale between the housing types is radical, this project also attempts to design a sense of community by establishing various types of shared and private outdoor spaces throughout the city block. The duplexes and townhouses have series of shared small garden terraces and private roof garden. The cascading condo towers have large communal terraces that can be connected and combined at higher level.