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Transportation Center Redevelopment in Stamford by Studio V Architecture
August 22nd, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Studio V Architecture
STUDIO V Architecture’s design for the Stamford Transportation Center and surrounding area was chosen the preferred scheme in a $500 million redevelopment competition put forth by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Stamford’s station has grown to become the second largest in the region after Grand Central Terminal, rendering its current disjointed infrastructure and surrounding architecture obsolete. STUDIO V teamed with developer Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures (SMDV) to transform this traffic-congested station into a dramatic new 24-hour community that reconnects Downtown Stamford to the South End and the city’s waterfront.
We want to create a place where people have outlets to both work and play without having to travel great distances or get in a car,” said Todd McClutchy, Senior Vice President of JHM, and managing member of SMDV. “We want this to be a model DOT transit-oriented development, not only for the state but for the northeast.” SMDV is a venture led by JHM Companies, along with Ciminelli Real Estate, ECCO III Enterprises, and the Gilbane Company. STUDIO V Architecture is the architect for the development, and also collaborated with Stantec on the master plan, and Walter P. Moore on the parking design.
STUDIO V Architecture‘s design calls for three new buildings as well as a range of streetscape and infrastructure improvements at Station Place, Manhattan Street, and South State Street, all within a quarter mile of the train station. The transit-oriented development includes a highly diverse program of uses within multiple structures, including approximately 600,000 square feet of commercial office space, 60,000 square feet of street level retail space, a hotel with approximately 150 rooms, and 150 residential units.
Studio V is focused on creating sustainable communities within the edges and gaps of neglected urban areas. For decades the Stamford Train Station and I-95 highway have served as a barrier instead of a connection between the Downtown and the South End,” said Jay Valgora, principal and founder of STUDIO V Architecture. “Our design features human-scaled streetscapes, multi-level landscaped walkways, and active retail and restaurants inspired by the greatest urban precedent for mixed-use development: Rockefeller Center. At the same time, our design incorporates dramatic 21st century concepts that simply did not exist when Rockefeller Center was created: sustainable buildings, high performance glass curtain walls, and iconic sculptural architectural forms.”
The designs for all three buildings integrate forms, materials, program, and architectural systems to create a strong architectural statement at this highly visible location that defines a front door for the City of Stamford. The new building at Station Place contains a hotel, residences, and street level retail, and features a curved transparent glass curtain wall that wraps around and extends over the top of the structure to partially enclose a roof garden overlooking the city. The Manhattan Street building will contain a vertical garden that runs the full height of the building and includes offices, a conference center, and residences.
In addition to innovative architectural design, the transformation of the station will include improvements to existing and surrounding infrastructure. Design improvements include new pedestrian connections between the sites, bicycle access, street-level enhanced paving, covered canopies for waiting vehicles, and direct links between the platform and parking garages. The vision for this train station integrates design into a larger series of landscape and streetscape improvements, including green roofs, landscaped pedestrian bridges, and new connections to the nearby Mill River Park and Greenway.
About STUDIO V Architecture
One of the most innovative new architecture firms in New York City, STUDIO V Architecture provides a highly diverse range of work in architecture, master planning, and interior design. The Studio approaches every project as a different expression of a unique place, utilizing unconventional structures, materials, form and lighting to highlight this diversity in design. The firm rapidly rose to prominence for its expertise in urban architecture, innovative waterfront master planning, the re-design of former industrial sites, and the integration of contemporary architecture with historic structures. This spectrum of work has attracted attention, including a “Studio Visit” in Architect’s Newspaper, and a feature story in Architectural Record as part of the firm’s design for the first full renovation of Macy’s iconic Herald Square store in 110 years.
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