High Density Urban Order
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
London’s skyline can be thought of as a collage city – where the unique individuality of each tower prevents it from engaging with the urban scale of its surroundings. This divergent urban order is neither unique to London nor a condition that will diminish without careful and direct intervention. This project seeks to address this collage condition by creating a complex that is at once individual and collective as a field of pencil towers blending seamlessly between one another – creating a new and iconic urban order as an archetype for London’s continued growth.
The project is organized into four main components: a high-density tower, a mid-rise neighborhood, a train station that bridges between the two, and a park landscape that mediates between the existing viaduct and the various access points throughout the site. The blending of four distinct architectural typologies addresses a diversity of urban functions, from living, working, recreation, and transportation. Respectful of its greater surroundings, this proposal creates a distinct sense of place in the city of London, a significant contribution to her public realm for pedestrians and city alike.
Boston City Hall
We propose a mixing chamber that encourages interaction through shared public programs. In other words, our project becomes a gathering hub for urban life; a microcosm of the city that brings in a multitude of public amenities.
The project engages with the existing site by creating a “ground” figure that organizes access into our site. It links the three nearby existing subway stations into a dynamic urban plaza with a centralized location in the city, and a connection to existing infrastructure leading to the airport and other major landmarks. It follows the pedestrian flow from the neighboring Faneuil Marketplace and creates a central courtyard adjacent to each of the four lobbies created for the added programs.
The aggregation of program stems from a couple of issues we’ve identified in the existing scheme. Mostly, the existing building and plaza don’t engage enough to encourage movement throughout the site, and having a singular governmental program leads to a singular mass with a centralized entry point and a limited number of visitors.
By adding a hotel, commercial offices, a subway hub, and a series of urban amenities, we aim to create more interaction between urban life and the traditional functions of City Hall.