Cornell Project Leadership: Leslie Lok (Director) / Design and research team: Byungchan Ahn, Jiaying Wei, Jiayi Xing, Jingxin Yang, and Xiaohang Gloria Yan
Along the linear site in Sankt Marx, the productive city is tackled in two ways. First, at the scales of the city and the building, the design uses lamination as an urban and architectural strategy to introduce a synergistic mix of urban activities for the booming neighborhood. Five layers of mixed-use program consisting of housing, co-working and production space, retail, and park plazas are interwoven vertically and horizontally as connective tissues within the site as well as across the adjacent urban fabric. Together, they form an urban cross lamination which produces five plazas and view corridors that are open to the streets, facilitating pedestrian circulation across the site and connection to existing transportation hubs.
The second strategy engages the question; how do we produce the city, literally? New modes and technologies of construction can be deployed for a more sustainable city. At the scale of the structure and façade, the building uses Austrian cross-laminated timber (CLT). Robotically fabricated CLT delaminates and laminates to generate different openings for structure and program as new approaches to construct the productive city.