A lot of missing elements. Needed something that would work during times of both high and low activity.
- Canopy connects the two structures creating a third exterior/interior space. The canopy also creates a softer atmosphere which contrast the heavier elements used for the buildings.
- Exterior flora livens up the space and create a dichotomy between the native plants outdoors and the invasive, exotic ones indoors.
- Plaza floor subtlety delineates space and movement
- Outdoor furniture invites people to occupy the space, feel enclosed by the structures, and view the greenery.
Landing over Lake Mead
We had been discussing Las Vegas primary water source for weeks and we were finally able to view it from above!
I was surprised by the amount of street art surrounding the site and the fact that there wasn’t many people around other than those waiting at the bus stop. Nevertheless, having my own ties with urban contemporary art I found the present works intriguing.
Container Park and Downtown
As the name infers, this event occurs on our site ( featured above) every first Friday of the month. It was a massive event with many food vendors as well as live art and music. It was a really eye-opening lesson in how an otherwise uninhabited space could be activated by a little food!
In envisioning a food hub worthwhile of Las Vegas my team has entertained the notion that ideally the food hub is representational of much more than a source of food. It should be a communal space that aspires to inspire wellness in the entire community.
In this respect, we would like to reflect this concept at every level or our program (yoga meditation, indoor agriculture, aromatherapy spaces, cooking studio, informational workshops, classes, and our retail spaces). But the question arises, what does wellness encompass? How does it manifest spatially ?
Here is how we have defined it thus far:
These are few narrative drawing that I’ve created which have emerged out of my team’s discussions of what we are envisioning for the space. While I pride myself as a inspiring architect, much of my personal design senses and interests are and have been rooted in the human experience with interior spaces. This includes, both tactical and sensory interactions.
Often in the beginning stages of design I partake in these type of narrative drawings, be them abstract or fleshed out, to serve a few different avenues. For one, much like sketching as they serve as a springboard for generating ideas. I often prefer collages,as its a fast way to add texture and color. On that note, when working with others these can easily aid guide our material choices, act as a visual cue to get feedback from respected resources, and record thought processes in which can be referenced if the project strays from any initial deign guidelines.
In regards to the Las Vegas Food hub initiative, I fully intend to update this post as we produce a few more of these. Any feedback is welcomed!