City above Bos-Wash by Manu Chalumeau

City above Bos-Wash

By Manu Chalumeau

The project is part of a city of the megalopolis of the Bos-Wash corridor in the United State (East Coast). The place is a lively urban area, multicultural, the most populous. The existing residential building is common, medium density and widespread.

The architecture is very linear, repetitive and aging. It has a typical character, the use of the brick is the symbol.

No green space around, with lots of shops and mismatched multicolored signs. Some iconic cultural buildings line the area.

A city on the city:

This proposal represents a dynamic expansion of the city.

The same design principle could be achieved on neighboring buildings different scales and connect them with bridges or streets to form a new urban connection.

This is a reconstruction that confronts his environnement. This is a break in the dynamics of the city. In a private building, austere and closed on itself, becomes a public open space.This is a place where we go (shop), where we stop (garden), where we live (dwellings).It's a friendly meeting place where we take the time.

This reconstruction is involved in the sustainable development effort. Pedestrian traffic is favored by wide stairs. The building produces its own energy through solar panels and various wind turbines.

The use of air conditioning and heating equipment are reduced by treatment enhance insulation, the use of solar shading, by the installation of ventilated double glass facade. The garden helps to regulate the ambient air in the surrounding environment.

The constructionis a simple set of column, beam, floor, mostly wood. It is covered with a non-bearing structural glass facade.

A solar shading structure before the glass facade is used to regulate the light and heat inside the building.
The entire process is pre-producible in a factory. items can be shipped in pieces to the construction site to save time and organization.

The factory prefabrication optimiza and reduce construction waste.

The building is thought of his first sketch to the deconstruction. This will more effectively control of the embodied energy and the recycling of contruction materials.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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