This project is positioned in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, over the old Lincoln Federal building, better known as the Grand Manse. The proposal calls to buy the air rights over the building to accommodate a growing downtown with commercial and residential living. The focus of the project was to use a stacked vertical approach instead of the typical flat horizontal currently displayed in Lincoln.
Air Rights Architecture investigates two formerly forgotten aspects of architecture, the roof and the sky, to reconfigure historical notions that: architecture must primarily touch the ground and large buildings traditionally have flat roofs. The project is situated in a prototypical Midwest urban site with endless opportunities to accommodate changing density patterns.
This project explores the use of frame and threshold as a means of creating an engaging addition to the Sheldon Museum of Art. Elements of the existing museum are reinterpreted in the new design; a prominent urban form, the differentiation between structure and skin, and the use of curated perspective. Programmatically, the addition uses half of the symmetrical layout of the Sheldon, and turns it on its end to create the tower in the sunken garden.