RUNNER-UP: SANG OH JO, JUNGA HONG, DO YOON KIM
Runners-Up: Sang Oh Jo, JungA Hong, and Do Yoon Kim, a group from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“Our design focuses on responding to these two different types of housing context [urban and residential] by combining advantages from each. Important qualities in urban environment are keeping high density, interacting with neighbors, and vitalizing street life where as advantageous quality of residential area are greenery and having a secured private yard.”
From the perFORM 2015 Jury:
“This was one of the most dynamic responses to the site.”
The dynamic, muscular form of this design creates one of the competition’s most successful connections with the street level urban fabric. The larger plaza would be great space to be in. The team clearly understood the relationship between building form and energy consumption, creating a big volume and conceptually cutting it up so that it worked. They got the basic physical principles right, while also creating lots of space for a substantial solar array. The entry also represented high performance building technologies accurately, with thick walls, deep sills, and windows pushed back from building face.
Areas for Improvement: Like many entries in the competition, the design over-privileges the diagonal of sandy Boulevard. It is also unclear if the smaller courtyard spaces would work, hemmed in as they are by surrounding walls. An interruption of the East and West walls, perhaps with breezeways, would open up those small courtyards. The jury appreciated the attempt to address site parking, though the sharply angled spots are unrealistic.
Read more about this project and download the full boards here.