LJC designed this residential tower concept for a confidential client in an urban southwest city, creating a landmark project marking the entrance to the city’s downtown. This design utilizes continuous balconies and slab extensions to provide passive shading on the tower façade. This passive shading strategy helps control the units’ solar heat gain and glare. It improves the overall performance of the building along with creating usable private open space in each unit.
The proposed resilient design allows adding or subtracting elements as needed to balance cost with potential amenities. The design concept begins with the continuous balconies on all floors, followed by splitting the slab tower and pulling one bar past another to create additional corner units. A reveal at the elevator core allows more natural light to enter circulation spaces and helps relate back to the connection to the main entry lobby. The potential addition of mid-tower amenity decks adds outdoor space at a smaller scale and quieter character than the podium and rooftop deck. Also, stepping the lower floors to more gradually transition the tower to the podium while providing added floor area to units at the base of the building, those without a view, in the form of dens and larger deck areas as a value add.