We are proud to announce we have been selected as winner of the 2014 AIA Unleashed Architectural Ideas Competition.
The Jury for 2014 consisted of three members, representing a cross-section of practitioners from a diversity of practice and geographical areas. These included Rich Bamburak (Senior Principal at WTW Architects, Pittsburgh, PA), Francis D. K. Ching (Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA), and Kurt Hunker, FAIA (Graduate Architecture Program Chair at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego, CA).
For more information, here is our project’s write up:
To reinvigorate Wadsworth Park and bring life to an underutilized parcel of land in Rochester, we have designed a site for mixed use development, consisting of lofts, office space, retail and restaurant space and an art gallery.
With high visibility from the south end of the city and direct connections to Monroe Avenue, Interstate 490 and Downtown Rochester, this site is ideal for development, but we must first address some site concerns such as access and traffic noise.
A few highlights of the building include a new entrance that will allow for quick access to Monroe Avenue, creating a link to the popular neighborhood. While the west-wing of the development was designed to block noisy traffic, it will also create green space for residents to gather and enjoy sustainable living.
Keeping sustainability top of mind, the new design will be built to LEED Platinum standards with the use of solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof, recycled and local building materials, sun shading, rain gardens and more. The building will help educate residents and the surrounding community about sustainable living; markers throughout the space will inform residents of the building’s ecological benefits.
Being green is important to our community, but Rochester is also a community that values the arts. This new building will showcase that passion through a dramatic cantilevered structure, sculpture and LED panels.
The design of this building captures the essence of the human spirit: it is mindful, inspiring, playful and lively. Like those who will frequent the retail space and call the lofts home, this space will breath new energy into Wadsworth Park.
This post was written by Enid Bryant