88,000 SF Mixed Use, Multi Family, Commercial
Miami, Florida, USA
Four radial volumes engage residential and urban, creating garden, housing, parking, and retail, allocated to create a neighborhood setting and a connection to the on-site modes of transit. Pure in form and materiality, the project establishes optimum views and natural lighting for the low-income and family housing, while maintaining openness and contextual sensitivity at the street through strategically placed parks, retail, arcades, and town homes. The proposed Northside Station Transit-Oriented Development is envisaged as a vital link to the Northside Station Metrorail station and the Metrobus routes served on-site. A circular central public park is the radial point for all planned development, establishing an order and openness to the scheme. Four separate yet interconnected buildings composed of low-income family and senior housing balance development and contextual sensitivity, with ground level town homes and stepped volumes along the residential NW 77th St front and a more urban experience with ground level retail along the highly trafficked and visible NW 79th St. front. Formed in a radial fashion, the edges of the site allow for large expanses of green plantings and act as a buffer between the adjacent single-family homes and the proposed development. Pedestrian traffic is generated through 20,000 square feet of ground level retail accessed via covered arcades, creating a sense of neighborhood to occupants and transit riders, while also protecting all from sun and rain. The central park will allow for neighborhood social gatherings, children’s playgrounds, shaded areas for playing chess, and barbecue areas. Opportunities for small businesses and community organizations are abound, with a new residential and an existing transit population. Sustainability strategies are employed throughout the development. High albedo roofs, maximum open space, passive shading, low-e glazing, low-flow fixtures, rainwater capture and harvesting, natural daylighting, proximity to public transit, efficient lighting and cooling systems, regional and renewable materials, and no-voc paints are just some of the low-cost green strategies that can be applied throughout the project. These strategies are imperative to provide low monthly maintenance costs and a healthy lifestyle for residents, while also contributing to an ecologically sound community.
Oppenheim Architecture + Design