Located across from the eastern edge of the Atlantic Yards development, Tygershark will be the latest addition to a vibrant stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tall, airy ceiling heights have been retained at the coffee bar storefront and group dining room toward the rear, while a lower, wood-lined dining space creates an informal experience open to the activity of the stainless steel kitchen. Exposed concrete, plywood, reclaimed wood beams and stainless steel give the space a refined yet raw and informal feel.
Project by Swis Loc Architecture
This comprehensive design studio was separated into two parts, the first of which we developed a flexible structural system/prototype, and the second part where we integrated it into a building and site, which was located over an existing one story bank and the the Kendall MBTA stop on the Red Line. Our prototype consisted of a three-story glue-laminated truss supported by two concrete piers, acting as a programmable covered bridge. When adapted to the site, the glulam truss became think tank/flex office space for local start-up companies, while one of the piers became the new Kendall stop and the other a reuse/renovation of the existing bank building to hold small retail, cafe, gallery, and MIT classroom space. To further integrate the public into the building, a gently sloping green roof bows down to grade level to provide gathering space as well as bring people up into the gallery where work from the startup companies is on display.
The city of Boston, largely a commuter city where people work downtown during the day and flee to their suburban retreats after is in need of new and innovative ways to draw people back into living in urban communities like during pre-’white flight’ urbanism. This solution draws upon the collective nature of the suburban neighborhood and its experiential qualities and combines it with the urban vitality of the city to create a series of vertically stacked ‘villages’, each having its own distinct character, unit layout and aggregation that provide a platform for a collective society as well providing residents with a sense of individualism that is quite often lost in most dense urban communities.
The city of Worcester has a vast number of institutions of higher education within the city limits,but none of them have a large presence in the City Center/downtown area. The objective was to create an “Urban Incubator” consisting of community center-type programmatic demands. This “hybrid” building was to fuse together the notion of public and private realms in a way that encouraged cross-disciplinary, unexpected and informal interactions. These unexpected interactions and informal conversations are the generators of some of the most innovative idea. The solution is arrived at through inflections on two opposing sides of the building, one adjacent to a park and one to an urban square, this new Urban Incubator accepts and embraces its surrounding urban spaces. The building is conceived as a lens for one to see the city through from the inside, as well as the city to see the innovative work occuring within the perforated steel mesh that wraps the exterior. The programmatic distribution and continuous exhibiton/shared lobbies allow the building to act as a microcosm of a city with its own urban networks, always having the city itself as a backdrop.