WEST END 421
LOCATION: WEST END, PITTSBURGH
AREA: 0.32 acre (13797.2 sq ft)
PROFESSOR: KEN TAMMINGA
Surrounded by the art gallery, musical theatre, ceramic gallery, piano gallery, and different restaurants, lot 421 is located in the core art district area of West End community. The goal of this project is to create an art hub to support future art festival and promote the art business in the west end district. With flexible program elements for different time and activities, this design provides a dynamic and artistic experience for people.
The original design concept comes from the jewel and glass art installation, which metaphors the process of turning this vacant lot 421 into a both visually and functionally attracting civic space. The using of glass element allows the site to capture both sunlight and artificial light at the different time, and the glaring effect from the glass suggest the idea of “jewel”. While the site itself becomes the support for the jewel, the structures like paths and platforms become the setting, and the stained glass house becomes the center stone. All the major activities are the key elements that decide the inner value of the site which metaphor the different of jewel from pure stone. By creating the “flying path”, this design also promotes the three-dimensional experience for people in this flat site.