BairBalliet | The Next Port of Call

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Detroit.

An architectural infill proposal for Detroit must transcend the idea of physical growth by considering ways to develop continuity between moments of urban vibrancy and moments of vacancy. With a neighborhood of low, light-industrial buildings to the north and empty land along the Detroit River to the south, the site exemplifies the tenuous relationship between the built and unbuilt. Our proposal for the site comprises a number of architectural interventions in the existing George W. Young Post Office as well as an array of new structures in the open space between the building and the river. It defines gradients of densification, from residential to industrial, through a loose composition of solids and voids that not only changes one’s perceptions of built space but also acknowledges the value of the spaces, or vacancies, in between.

 

Project Team: Kristy Balliet Kelly Bair w/ Sam Fudala, Alej Edery-Ferre, Spencer McNeil, Ruta Misiunas
photos by Phil Arnold, Spencer McNeil, Jens Willebrand