FORT WORTH, TEXAS
BWBR Competition Finalist
Studio Assignment: As a team of two, design a mixed use building in the heart of the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. On the other side of the street from our site are 3 elite works of architecture we were to respond to. These buildings were designed by three master architects. Directly south is the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn and it’s addition just west designed by Renzo Piano. Southeast of the site is Tadao Ando’s Museum of Modern Art. A couple blocks to the west is also the Amon Carter Museum of American Art by Philip Johnson. We were instructed to implement gradation and porosity within the design how we saw fit and respond to the environment by creating a new urban typology.
Competition: Ten groups were narrowed from an initial 48 teams. My partner and I were chosen by our professor to be one of the ten entries into the first round of a housing competition. We then had two representatives from the BWBR Minneapolis office come down so we could present our project to them as a first round. These two reviewed each project and narrowed the competition down to five. My partner and I were chosen as one of those five. Two weeks later, we, along with the other teams, presented our final design in the BWBR Minneapolis office.
Approach: In addition to addressing gradation and porosity, our design is inspired by three principles we observed upon our site visit – landscape, views, and community. We took these ideas and aimed to address them at both a macro and micro scale. Despite the popularity of these art museums in the architectural world, the community is, what I would consider to be, moderately active. Tourists float around the art museums across the street, and residents utilize the existing mixed use development just north of our site. We saw this as a unique opportunity to tie the community together across the block and engage public spaces which link to and help users appreciate the unique context.