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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 City’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

VIEW 1

VIEW 2

VIEW 3

Meat Packing District, The Highline, and Downtown Manhattan.


ENTERTAINMENT

RECREATION

RECEPTION


STRUCTURE

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FORM

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APERTURE

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VIEWPORTS

FACADE

The development of a grated-permeable skin was inspired by the site’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.

FACADE

4 SECONDARY STRUCTURE 5 STREET

1 SKIN 2 PRIMARY STRUCTURE 3 SPATIAL PUNCTURE

6 HIGHLINE 7 SKYLINE

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ACTIVATING THE FACADE

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FILTERS

SHADES

PLATE

FRAME

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