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20120106

Vertical Campus [New Type]







The Program:
Jazz School (Berklee College of Music)
Art Gallery (Institute of Contemporary Art)
Student Dormitories


The Campus:
By creating ground planes in the air, and breaking the building into blocks like the traditional campus typology, this project seeks to address the question of verticality - how to make verticality meaningful and interesting as opposed to the standard wrapped core and experience of the elevator trip.






Site Plan
The site is at the junction of the colliding grid of diverse Boston neighbourhoods such as Back Bay, South End and Fenway/Kenmore, each with a distinct character. At this important juntion, there is a ‘void’ of activity: the new building combining a Jazz School, an Art Gallery and Student Housing will enrich the site with a new spirit of art and culture which can be traced back to the early Jazz history of Boston.


Site Section
To the East, the High Spine of Boston can be seen with its towering skyscrapers. To the West, only low-rise buildings. The site is at a junction of mitigation between high and low-rise, and is the perfect opportunity to explore architecture that critically addresses the typology of the high-rise building and its relationship to the site and to the human scale.











1st Floor Plan - Entry








Seats configuration 1: Theater
Seats configuration 2: Landscape
View approaching from along Boylston Street
Render view
2nd Floor Plan
6th Floor Plan
7th Floor Plan
16th Floor Plan
17th Floor Plan
18th Floor Plan
Roof Floor Plan
Model - Entrance landscape
Model - Communal space / transposed ground plane
Model - looking up / elevators
Model - entrance to Black Box / pub
Model - South, showing communal spaces
Model - North, showing gallery making use of diffuse North light
Model - Landscape park / theater
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Master in Architecture
Fall 2012 / Vincent Bandy Studio