For my studio project in Holland, Michigan,  I am in the process of designing a Civic Center for a site on the urban fringe of the city.  Between the downtown and a neighborhood, the design response must acknowledge this “in-between” space.  Furthermore, it can be understood that the city’s downtown will eventually expand through the site, thus this

 

future condition should be accounted for also,.  In my response, the Civic Center becomes three primary pieces.  The first and smallest is an outdoor garden education classroom for the community to learn about gardening and outdoor farming, a programmatic element in support of the bustling farmer’s market already present on the site.  The second element is a indoor market hall, which will also serve as a multi-purpose events space.  Its northern side borders 8th street, identifying this as an urban condition needing a response.  The third and largest element is the two court basketball hall, which also acknowledges the 8th street urban edge.  As a composition, these three elements serve as a “catalyst,” enabling reactions between people that would have otherwise not occurred.  In this sense, the Civic Center

 

reinforces Holland’s interdisciplinary coordination and planning efforts.  Each element serves its own role while also contributing to the greater whole.  The intensification of activity on the site is viewed as a means to heighten interest for this place that is the birthplace of the farmer’s market.   Currently, I am resolving the forms of these three elements while also considering the exterior skin condition.

 

 

 

 

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