*Created with Google Maps with sustainability icons*
Senior Studio VI: Mix - Use
The High Street apartments, located in the coastal city of Milford, CT, is a mixed-use existing building that is minutes’ walk to downtown with a view of the Long Island Sound. It will be a destination for healthy, organic, and accessible product with the added aspect of education. The Market on High Street will be intuitively designed to guide and educate users of the store on how to buy healthy, choose healthy and prepare healthy food. To encourage and curate equity amongst the users of the space, there will be spaces like the community kitchen, a space that will host cooking courses. and outdoor restorative spaces with raised gardens. The tenant accessible rooftop of the building will be a space for individuals to get outside in a contained and calm environment supporting their safety and wellbeing.
5,055 SF -(30,330 total SF)
Existing shell - 6 Floors
Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator,
Indesign, SketchUp, Enscape
Beginning stages of this project were spent researching the town of Milford, Connecticut. Local restaurants, town culture, average age of the population, typical family size, how many people commute away and to Milford, etc. The map to the right was research conducted to show transportation, restaurants, local grocery store, areas of activity, government buildings, hospitals, churches, etc.
All of this was in efforts to understand the surrounding areas, and to also aid our design to what would help the neighborhood the most. My research helped me to choose a health food store and to provide an area where their would be raised gardens.
Following in the foot steps of research, the object of building design was to include sustainable design approaches from Living building challenge, WELL, and LEED.
For The Apartments on High Street, seven sustainable goals were chosen. From Living Building Challenge; Health + Happiness: Civilized Environment. From WELL, attributes that were chosen were Movement Network and circulation, Nourishment: Nutritional Education and Nutritional Transparency, and lastly Mind: Restorative Space. From LEED there were two chosen; Energy and Atmosphere and Materials + Resources.
In order to design a cohesive five story building. An exercise was done that was crucial to recognizing patterns and how to then translate that into design solutions.
Based off of the seven sustainable attributes, the diagram to the right shows the commonalities between them and where they overlap in meaning. Three words came from there attributes, and they were proxemics, equity and transparency. From those three words, is where my design started to take form.
After programming and developing a design design idea, block diagrams and bubbles were done to determine the most efficient layout.
Building codes were then conducted and analyzed to determine the occupancy ratings for the different areas. Fire rated walls, distance between staircases, egress path, etc were all calculated and graphically shown in plan (left).
Materials and style was determined from the surrounding area. The building's location was in the historic district in Milford. Really wanted to incorporate that into the design along with choosing sustainable materials.