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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee by Looney Ricks Kiss

 
May 23rd, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Looney Ricks Kiss 

Crosstown Concourse is the metamorphosis of urban blight into a vibrant community. It is the rebirth of not just a building, but an entire neighborhood. Though initially conceived as a home for a small start-up arts organization, with plans to organically revive the structure over decades, the project evolved into a 1.3- million-square-foot “vertical urban village.” Rooted in historical context and flourishing on the ideals of common purpose, social transformation, and inclusivity, the building has achieved full occupancy in less than one year.

Image Courtesy © Chad Mellon

  • Architects: Looney Ricks Kiss
  • Project: Crosstown Concourse
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  • Photography: Jamie HarmonNicholas McGinnAerial InnovationsChad Mellon
  • Associate Architect: DIALOG
  • Associate Architect: Spatial Affairs Bureau
  • Sustainability: LEED Platinum BD+C: Core and Shell
  • Developer/Owner: Crosstown Development
  • General Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Hood Design Studio

Image Courtesy © Chad Mellon

  • MEPF Engineer: OGCB, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
  • Civil Engineer: SR Consulting
  • Lighting, Sustainable/Site/Civil Concepts, Acoustics, Daylight Modeling Consultant: ARUP
  • Mechanical Consultant: Newcomb & Boyd
  • Code Consultants: Code Solutions Group
  • Budget: $200 million
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 1.3 million square feet
  • Completion Year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Constructed as a Sears Distribution Center in 1927, the building grew into a major economic engine. However, by 1983 it sat abandoned, indicative of the modern trend of disposability and urban disinvestment. Through a meticulous and collaborative design process, the redevelopment has rekindled the building, as well as reinstated a sense of civic pride. The blend of retail, restaurants, fitness, health, educational and professional spaces, in addition to market-rate housing, works in unison to create a new community paradigm.

Image Courtesy © Jamie Harmon

Image Courtesy © Chad Mellon

A series of cost conscious architectural extractions and insertions have produced a vibrant new community that encourages discovery. Infused with the spirit of the building’s historic distribution system, seven new atria and their corresponding street-like corridors, transport natural light into public spaces. These reimagined spaces inspire participation and collaboration, catalyzing a community movement that challenges possibility.

Image Courtesy © Aerial Innovations

Image Courtesy © Chad Mellon

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Jamie Harmon

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Nick McGinn

Image Courtesy © Looney Ricks Kiss

Image Courtesy © Looney Ricks Kiss

Image Courtesy © Looney Ricks Kiss

Image Courtesy © Looney Ricks Kiss

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Categories: Educational Center, Fitness center, Health Center, Restaurant, Retail

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