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.
Box-store urbanism implies the re-location and re-conception of the large scale retail typically found in suburban box stores. The large retail volumes are immediately challenged by the urban fabricís need for reduced lot sizes, mixed use programs, and active street edges. Through intense urban negotiations and parametric modelling the project explores alternative configurations and various types of organizational strategies.