Creating a spatial and social interface between the city and its inhabitants
This project by a team of young designers explores the concept and potential of adaptive post-occupation of unused infrastructure in the city of San Francisco. Using a parking garage to create a scenario, the scheme proposes to convert the “found” structure – an “objet trouvé” in the city, so to speak – into a public building hosting a range of cultural activities.
The stacked floors of the garage and its circulation ramp are literally re-used to accommodate new functions. Additionally, new architectural elements are introduced, such as a performance hall which acts as cultural beacon on top of the garage, and an open air atrium cut through the slabs as public space. Adaptive reuse is here perceived as a strategy to reduce material flows in the city, using its material stock as opportunity for further development.