RO-RO FLEX - A NEW GATEWAY

At the double corner of central avenue, roosevelt street, and first avenue sits the gateway to phoenix’s vibrant downtown; and the roosevelt arts district. Built around a main courtyard of activity, this design sets out to celebrate the differences that make this city thrive, pulling the city’s street life in and up, through a yin and yang of hybrid, flex spaces; fusing live, work, and the arts.

Project: Multifamily Housing

Year: Spring 2016

Professor: Wendell Burnette

 

Building Stats:

  • Public units: 90 units            
  • Private units: 150 units 
  • Total units: 240 units          
  •  (62.5% Of allowed)

The Site:                                       

  • Central Ave. & Roosevelt  - Connects 9 historic neighborhoods
  • Roosevelt Row, The Downtown Arts District
  • Less than a mile from Margaret T. Hance Park
 

Small modules of space extend into the walkways, acting as front yards, that engage both the courtyard below and the “streets” of each level.

These spaces give residents an opportunity to extend the hybridity of their units out, acting as storage units or front gardens; or shop extensions for the public units.

1.  REINFORCED CONCRETE ROOF          SLAB

2. DROP WOOD PANEL CEILING             (HIDDEN AIR DUCT)

3. SLIDING GLASS DOOR (INTERIOR      FLOOR RAISED FOR DRAINAGE)

4. INSULATED CAST IN PLACE                WALLS (SLAB TO WALL                      CONNECTION)

5. SLIDING PERFORATED STEEL             DOOR

6. PRECAST CONCRETE                           COLUMN TO SLAB                               (CONNCETION)

Juxtaposed against the urban exterior, the plywood wrapped, cast in place walls act as anchors for the hybrid spaces, bringing warmth into the interior.

TEAL - RESIDENTIAL | PRIVATE

YELLOW - COMMERCIAL | PUBLIC

Expressing the exposed post tensioned slabs, an oragami like fold of perforated and unfinished steel bends in and out of the patio spaces, pulling the city with it.