LOGAN ARTS BUILDINGBarrio Logan, San Diego // Artist Studios and GalleryThe Logan Arts Building plays a role in strengthening community identity in one of the oldest and culturally significant neighborhoods in San Diego. Much of the industrial infrastructure in the area that supports the Port and Naval Base have evolved over time into an arts community. The Logan Arts Building will be a place for many of those artists to create and share their works. A paseja conserves a mural along the property line and provides light and access to the rear of the property. The studios were carefully oriented and designed to optimize the lighting conditions for artwork. Subtle and diffused light is drawn in from the north for greater color control. High level lighting, wall space, and large storage spaces are incorporated to assist the tenants in creating their best work.
Buzz Mixed-Use (Co-living + Office + Cafe)Golden Hill, San DiegoThe structure responds to the gently rolling topography by tucking into the slope and rising up to fill an underutilized void. By blending spaces and creating indoor to outdoor connections, it will invite the surrounding community and create an interface for new members. Traditionally there are hard lines between one's own personal space and the outside world. Here, a gradient of spaces and uses create transitions and opportunities for interactions.
PHILADELPHIA, PA // 2015BETTER SIMPLEBy re-thinking readily available and inexpensive cladding materials, the building develops a special texture. A unique exterior space is cut out of the building volume for each unit. The four levels of residential units sit on top of a commercial podium and maximize the efficiency of the building volume by centralizing the circulation. *Project by Tyler at ISA
AROUND THE BLOCKPHILADELPHIA, PA // APTS + ROWHOMES // 67 UNITSThis adaptive reuse project for an abandoned industrial complex in Northern Liberties occupies the west edge of an important gateway block to North Philly. By strategically removing sections of the warehouse building, converting the remaining spaces to loft apartments, and inserting new rowhouse blocks on the surrounding site, the project reactivates all surrounding public streets, including a small street seemingly destined to be a service alley to surface parking. Each block of rowhouses is tailored to fit the particular character of its adjacent street, creating a diverse set of streetscapes. *Project by Tyler at ISA
COMPILING THE PROFILEPHILADLEPHIA, PA // MIXED-USE // 7 UNITSAs marginalized urban areas transition into desirable neighborhoods, seemingly problematic contextual elements like adjacent vacant land and elevated railroads can be treated as productive design constraints. This 6-unit apartment building shifts program to the long edge of a narrow site along the busy Frankford-Market elevated Blue Line in East Kensington, creating an interior façade facing an adjacent vacant parcel. With a roofline that connects the dots of a quirky zoning envelope, the elevation juxtaposes housing above with a storefront tucked underneath the El. *Project by Tyler at ISA
LEGENDARY BLUE HORIZON HOTELPHILADELPHIA, PA // 94 ROOMSNavigating a challenging site occupied by a historic mansion and former boxing arena along Broad Street, the design for this 90-room hotel accentuates the contrast between historic and contemporary construction practices. As project architect and designer at ISA, Tyler preserved the existing building frontage as a new lobby, restaurant, and meeting rooms, with prefabricated, wood-frame hotel units inserted behind. A thin slice of new construction extends forward over the parking entrance, creating a moment where old and new coexist. *Project completed by Tyler at ISA
SOCIAL KNOT AS URBAN GENERATORSYRACUSE, NY // SUPPORTIVE HOUSINGThe goal of supportive housing is to create an environment for changed and changing lives. In this context, buildings become proactive agents in the rehabilitation and empowerment of their residents. This project functions as a generator, creating an integrated ecology of relationships among people, buildings, sites, the environment, and the city. A continuous double-loaded corridor twists in a knot to create a variety of living environments, public/private relationships, and shared outdoor spaces. The building reactivates the urban fabric within and around the central but underused site, helping to position it for positive future transformations. *Project by Tyler at ISA