Living Cities Competition
with SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building
As the world’s population migrates to urban centers, we have no choice but to combine and layer multiple differing uses. Typically, residential and office zones are built in isolation, creating segregated neighbourhoods. This creates a scenario where floors and buildings remain empty for large timespans, and amenities are doubled, one created for each zone. In a reconfiguration of this model, Middle Ground creates a novel collision between an office building and residential building, with shared uses, amenities, and systems. This manifests an alert and lively mixed use building that is activated 24 hours a day – by condo dwellers in the evening and night, and office workers during the day. Street life is weaved throughout the building, as residents and employees cross paths, addressing the lack of social interaction evident in most condos, while reducing dependence on cars. To increase the health of condo occupants – each of them boxed up high above the street – Middle Ground radically reconfigures the condo typology, accommodating socially engaging programs spanning multiple levels and spaces. The well-being and sustainability of living in dense high-rise cities relies upon it. Green spaces weave between live and work towers, increasing serendipity and a sense of a community within a larger volume. To reconfigure the condominium, we must bend the street into the sky.