What is Plot 31?
Plot 31 is a pixelized housing courtscraper (read: a skyscraper with a courtyard) designed optimum direct sunlight, views, cross-ventilation, and exterior access.
Key Project Goals
Design a housing building that harmoniously fits with the adjacent and iconic Rockerfeller Center in Tianjin, China.
Role & Responsibilities
For the concept development phase, I worked as designer in a team of three with project leader Daniel Sundlin.
Plot 31 was developed over a period of 12 weeks.
Metric-tracked iterative research yields solutions harmonizing criteria that may have first appeared incompatible.
At the intersection of several major urban elements, namely the Rockefeller Financial Center, the Tianjin riverfront, a park, and Convention Center, Plot 31 seeks to create a landmark in which people want to live.
The challenge is to generate an urban form that strikes a balance between seemingly incompatible design criteria: dense Floor Area Ratio, high-level sustainability target, careful insertion within context, and most favorable condition for each housing unit. The whole is optimized so that each apartment has a minimum of two hours of direct sunlight on winter solstice, in addition to views to either the waterfront or the financial center, cross ventilation, and exterior space access.
A multi-step process enabled to find a form responding best to the program requirements.
It consisted in: 1) Generating several dozen concepts; 2) Filling the forms with modular apartment types; 3) Testing and optimizing them versus sunlight criteria; 4) Optimizing views and vis-à-vis by folding facades.
Case studies — selected by adjacency.
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