Justin Laskin and
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Concept: In low-rise blocks facing Chartres Street, residential units share street frontage with “corner store” retail spaces. Two broad open stairs and a ramp interrupt the street frontage and lead up to a planted public courtyard terrace over the parking area. It’s enlivened by a market, restaurant, and outdoor cafe.
Four mid-rise residential blocks face the river. Passages from the courtyard open to a public space lining the river that ramps up to a terrace overlook.
Each tower is slotted to expose every unit to light and air on more than one side. A roof-mounted photovoltaic array offers shading, while louvered panels protect the river-facing interiors from sun while letting in breezes.
“Some winners raised more questions and pushed innovation harder,” said Naslund, “but this one has a clear diagram, a sensitive placement on site, and intriguing use of cross ventilation.” Added Gooden, “Lots of things about this are familiar, but it had a much stronger resolution than others that went in the same direction.“ Wilson described the design as “very livable.” J.S.R.
“It offers a pretty good way to get to the river.” —Naslund