The people have spoken: UNC Charlotte’s 2013 Solar Decathlon entry, UrbanEden has won the “People’s Choice Award.” Designed as an urban infill project for a couple in Charlotte, North Carolina, the net-zero solar-powered home defines itself by establishing a strong indoor and outdoor connection in the middle of the city. By enclosing the back deck with a seven-foot tall vertical garden and integrating a high-performance glass wall along the home’s south side, dwellers are presented with the unlikely option of privately enjoying the outdoors within a dense urban context.
In approaching the challenge of designing a Hall of Fame for NASCAR, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners sought to capture the essential spirit of NASCAR and its sport in architectural form. In exploring the possibilities for expressing speed and spectacle, they were drawn to the arena of action, the racecourse, where fans and race teams come together each race week for the spectacle of race day. Curving, sloped forms are evocative not only of the dynamic and changing sinuous shape of the racetrack but also of the perception of speed, which is at the heart of the NASCAR spectacle.
With the help from a few of our readers, our Architecture City Guide headed to Charlotte this week. By American standards Charlotte is an old city, but it has undergone a huge transformation in the last few decades with the influx of banking headquarters. It is now the second largest banking center in the United State and this is partly reflected in its growing skyline. We, with the help of our readers, have put together a list of 12 buildings worth seeing. There are plenty more that could have made the list so please add your favorites to the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: Charlotte list and corresponding map after the break.
We want to try a new bottom-up approach to our Architecture City Guides and we need your help. To make the City Guides much more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to a Flickr image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons.
This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina.
NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
400 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
The Gantt Center celebrates contributions of African Americans to our nation’s culture and serves as a vital resource in Charlotte for music, dance, theater, visual and film arts, arts education, literature and community outreach. The four-story facility is located in the heart of Charlotte’s downtown cultural district. Flanked by new mixed-use development and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Gantt building is also a close neighbor to the new Bechtler and Mint Museums and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The facility includes highly flexible space for exhibitions, presentations, receptions/events and retail.
Currently seeking LEED Gold Certification, the newly completed Revolution Park Sports Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina is a key element to the Revolution Park neighborhood. The resulting design incorporates modern lines with respect to its historic southern neighborhood, therefore the holistic design approach needed to not just integrate sustainable design concepts but also provide an environment that both encourages social interaction and is welcoming to its surrounding community. Revolution Park Sports Academy is a significant first environmental project for Mecklenburg County.
Follow the break for details about this project, photographs, and drawings.
Architects: Neighboring Concepts
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Project Team: Luke Volkmar, Darrel Williams, Steven Sweat, Cameron Kelly, Frank DeBolt, Stephanie King, Daniel McNamee
Civil: Wirth & Associates
Structural: Stewart Engineering
MEP: AME Engineering
Client: Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services
Project Area: 28,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Busher