Porous city

building an innovative office space in east liberty, pittsburgh

48-205 Second Year Architecture Studio | Instructor: Jeremy Ficca, Eddy Man Kim

 

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East Liberty , Pittsburgh has witnessed a great change in its social and economic status in the recent 10 years. However, as large companies such as Google and Target were introduced to the community, social problems such as gentrification and social migration became inevitable.


The goal of this project was to inroduce an innovative workspace at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Centre Avenue that could address the concept of ‘giving back to the community’ by the idea of porosity.
In constrast of monolithic structures, porous architecture could be very effective in engaging the exterior with the interior space, the inhabitants with the pedestrians, and the surroundings with the building itself.
The goal of my design was to incorporate the three site factors into the building: circulation, pedestrians and daylight in ways which would help develop both urban and visual porosity.


site plan & diagrams

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floor plans

Exploded axon + renders

 
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section & elevation

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structure & envelope

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