VIEWPORTS OF ACTIVITY 457 West 15th Street
- Meat Packing District - New York City
Matthew Mark | Adam Mahardy
This city high-rise analyzes and explores the sociological aspects of an urban hotel. Three sets of communal functions are organized by the buildings height, view, and placement along New York Cityâ€™s Highline contribute to a morphological composition of Viewports of Activity. Through these three distinct viewports, the occupant is able to experience different visual aspects of New York City: The
Meat Packing District, The Highline, and Downtown Manhattan.
The development of a grated-permeable skin was inspired by the siteâ€™s heavy industrial background. The blurring of movement and activity behind an object of such stoic integrity was a defining identity of the site and the urban high-rise. A facade that is never more than 50% opaque, lends legability to the systems reacting within. Rather than a skin that completely dictates the view, there exists a unique interplay between Structure, Form, Aperature, and Facade.
4 SECONDARY STRUCTURE 5 STREET
1 SKIN 2 PRIMARY STRUCTURE 3 SPATIAL PUNCTURE
6 HIGHLINE 7 SKYLINE
1 2 3
ACTIVATING THE FACADE