Block 75 / Charrette
July 9th, 2014
Block 75 forms a high visibility hinge within the ongoing redevelopment of the Burnside Bridgehead—a 4+ block redevelopment at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. The first phase of the Block 75 project is to be a 130,000 sf concrete structure that will synthesize commercial and residential communities. The building is programmed for larger floor plate workspace on the lower floors that will transform in scale as they ascend, with deeper perforations of light and air to accommodate a transition to living environments. On the exterior the program is neutralized and assembled into tubes of space that allows for a plastic response to the sweep of the arterial bridge access that cuts through the development. The project will present itself as a collage of framed activities to the city and to the one way traffic on the arterial.