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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
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Heart of the District in New York by ZA Architects

 
December 7th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: ZA Architects

CONCEPT
In order to achieve main task of the competition we’ve developed a few new principles of hotel organization.
-Instead of separating visitors from the environment we are intending to embed their lives in local city life. For this reason there is no hotel building itself, instead it we propose hotel rooms placed in existing buildings (offices, residential) connected with web of hung pathways.

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  • Architects: ZA Architects
  • Project: Heart of the District
  • Location: New York,  23 street,100-130
  • Architects: Arina Agieieva, Dmitry Zhuikov
  • Client:  tablet hotels
  • Status: 2-end place in international contest
  • Function:  hotel
  • Year: 2012

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-To inhale life in this place we are creating a new type of space – half street/half building, it is a vibrant suspended volume enclosing a number of public activities which will attract and serve not only locals and hotel visitors, but also other curious tourists and city inhabitants. It will inspire vivid public life around the hotel. It is a heart of the district.

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ORGANIZATION

Hotel doesn’t have its private services. All facilities (laundries, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, etc.) are used by hotel visitors and locals mutually.

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There are a range of entities already on the street – as theatre, gym, trattoria,etc., which will be used along with new, located inside heart, as part of the hotel services. Hotel visitors are provided with “all inclusive” card, which allow to use all aforesaid functions for free.

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MIXING & ACQUAINTANCE
All communications and people streams conduct through the heart. In which visitors can get via moving ramps and elevators right from the street. Heart itself contains: playground, shop, exhibition space, café, bar, hotel reception, lounge zone, small cinema, library, conference hall.

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From the inside this volume gives a lot of interesting viewpoints that allows to peek on someones window, or observe the scenery of the street traffic, cityscape and so on. Main function of the heart is to draw folks in and mix, acquaint them inside its tight spaces, while they busy with varied activities.

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HABITATION
From the heart levels visitors are able to get to the pathways hunged to the existing building facades, which lead to hotel rooms scattered on the old buildings. Neighbouring office workers and tenants can inlay doors to these balcony-ways and use them and all given public facilities as well.

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From the rooms mounted, for instance in the office block, it is possible to take a glance on the everyday life of it workers through the small circular windows in the partition. It is also possible to make a door and way out of the room through existing building.

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CONCLUSION
Thus, visitors are brought very close to the natives, yet without losing the comfort. Besides, new public hub going to improve quality of life in this local city area, attracting more habitats, tourists and eventually – money. It is not unlikely that it is can become one of the NY iconic objects.

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