An investment type office building, retail center and parking garage. The building’s high visibility that results from its site being the highest in New York’s Borough of Queens, within the borough’s civic center, and at the confluence of major Long Island traffic arteries, called for a commensurate architectural gesture.
The unusually long facades of the building was broken at its center by vertical architectural feature that Introduced modular grided 'erosions', wide at the base to form the main entry, narrows as it climb up the building, and widens again toward the sky. In contrast to the gray tinted glass of the building, the 'eroded' areas are made of highly reflective mullion less silver colored glass to sensitively reflect the changing sky.
1:2 triangular modular grid as basis to the parallelogram prismatic form of the building and its prismatic “erosions”, the 1:2 ratio was determined by streets intersection at the site’s front. An interaction between these prismatic forms and an elliptical barrel vault tops the building to form its subtle silhouette.
Building height: 16 stories, 225 ft (68 meters).
Building area: 572,000 sf (53,000 sqm).
Primary materials: Two color glass and 3 colored mullions aluminum curtain-wall, mirrored mylar and marble main lobby and granite paved plaza.
Client: Five Plus Development Corporation.
Photography: Eli Attia
Barclays Bank of NA Headquarters New York NY
A headquarters office towers, banking-retail and parking garage on a narrow block in New York’s downtown Central Business District. The building sets back on all sides for openness for pedestrians at street level since it is surrounded on three sides by narrow streets. Its ground floor Is 30 ft (9 m) high and transparent for through street-to-street visibility.
Two star-octagons combined to form a multifaceted multi-cornered headquarters office building This form provides openness and increased daylighting at street level, 10 corner offices on each floor, perception of vertical slenderness and own unique profile against the sky.
Building height: 40 stories, 559’ (170 m).
Building area: 600,000 sf (55,770 sqm).
Primary materials: bronze reflective glass, granite and aluminum curtain-wall, granite walls and flooring at public areas.
Client: Barclays Bank of NA Ltd, New York.
Photography: Eli Attia
Circle In the Square Los Angeles CA
Two investment-type towers, containing office space, retail stores and parking garages, facing each other across a major boulevard.
An interaction between a square and an Inscribed cylindrical prisms. As the towers rise they shed their corners at different heights, transforming their for m from squares at their bases, which conform with the city’s streets grid, into cylindrical form seeking dialogue with more distant parts of town.
Building height: 30 stories, 394ft (120m).
Building area: 250,000 sf (23,000 sqm) each.
Primary materials: two color glass, aluminum and granite curtain-wall, granite pavement and marble interiors of public spaces.
Client: Bunker-Hill Development Co. Inc.
Photography: Eli Attia
This tower design was used for prototyping EA Technology.
Point Wells Development on Puget Sound north of Seattle WA
An entirely novel approach for a large scale, high-density development within a region famous for its sprawling urban fabric, just north of the city. The daring design called for mixed used community of 6,000 dwelling units in 20 to 50 stories skyscrapers, instead of the maximum allowable by law 1,200 dwelling units in 2-3 story buildings, was also recognized as the most environmentally responsible large-scale development known, and was accepted enthusiastically by planners, critics and community leaders.
Development Intensity: Forging Point Wells to this high level of aspirations is possible only if its development intensity will exceed current levels -- providing of course that this intensity will not result in greater adverse environmental conditions.
Although might be perceived as high by local standards, the proposed density is less than 3 FAR -- low density by urban standard.
Proposed programmatic content: ‣ 5,000 to 6,000 dwelling units depend on the preferred average size of units 1,500 or 1,250 sf
‣ 100,000 to 300,000 sf of office space
‣ 50,000 to 75,000 retail
zoning lot area 2,690,900 sf = 61.77 acres
Building footprint 170,250 sf 6.33%
Roads 210,000 sf 7.80%
Public open space 2,551,832 sf 94.83% of zoning lo area
Open space ratio [for public use] 85%
After a century of complete isolation, alien to its neighbors and detached from the region’s evolution, Point Wells should be looked at as a ‘tabula-rasa’ and a place holder for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to supplement and enrich the region, the county, and the neighboring communities with what is needed or desired but does not exist.
Being of extraordinarily unique in form, geography and location, Point Wells is like no other -- anywhere -- it is the most precious and rarest of the rapidly dwindling resource -- urban land. Determining its faith is not and should not be business-as-usual.
Point Wells will be a walkable community with mix of complementing uses that minimize the needs for travel; It will further ease traffic loads by utilizing rail, water, and surface modes of mass-transportation; And it will utilize building forms, materials and technologies that will make it the most environmentally responsible, large-scale community ever built.
Point Wells will transcends political and physical boundaries; Will alleviate neighboring communities’ anxieties and concerns, and bring them together with pride.
These are the foundations of the proposed plan.
The plan draws on proven planning and design principles, on the authenticity of the site and on the region’s overreaching goals; Accommodating the need to grow; Restoring and sustaining the environment: Improving transportation; Offering diverse and vibrant and healthy quality of life; Providing amenities-rich public realm for its population and for the general public; Applauding history, and, supplementing natural beauty — all at the highest possible level.
Part headquarters part investment-type office building in Chicago’s Central Business District. Giant four walls brought together to create a corner-less building. The design incorporates large urban plaza, with direct access to subway lines, building entrances are located at streets corners, where pedestrians traffic generates, and its elevatoring design incorporates shuttle elevators and two sky lobbies for more intimate environments and effectiveness of elevators’ service.
Truncated corners of rectilinear prism for ‘opening’ its corners to accommodate entries at street corners and unobstructed views from the tower. The density of column spacing diminishes with the building’s height as function of structural needs.
Building height: 80 story, 1040 ft (317 m).
Building area: 2,000,000 sf (186,000 sqm).
Primary material: glass and stainless steel curtain-wall, granite paved plaza, walls and floors of public areas.