Super Studios Redefining the Center This project is conceived of as a means for the reaffirmation of a public center. Noticing the distance of greenspace from the highly pedestrian Armory Square area, the project aims to create an open gathering space; a means of engagement between the Armory Square district (civic) and Syracuse University (academic). A folded landscape is extruded upward defining the spaces below. With a creek passing directly through the center of the site, this primary form is then duplicated, rotated one hundred and eighty degrees, and placed on the opposite side water. The two forms are then linked by a skybridge passing over the creek, visually twisting as is combines the two forms. At the ground floor, the academic facing side contains a lounge and laundromat while the civic facing side is populated with flexible office and conference space, each serving to increase the number of students and city residents populating the structure. On the floors above, student apartments and a hotel rooms further encourage a potential exchange between different, at times disjointed, demographics. This rotation about the creek establishes the site as a new center point, redefining the understanding of this area as the true focal point of downtown Syracuse. Furthermore, it defines a relationship with other public locations within the city, allowing them all to be understood as radiated from this central point.
Portfolio as of March 2013