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Disintegration around Site : The facility is meant to be a physical connection and repair of Durham's Greenway and associated parks. The freeway to the south cuts through the city fabric, dissolving the greenway connection to the the site and downtown Durham. To the north is a wall of parking decks that creates a second barrier.
Multiplicity of Access: The site itself is centrally located along city bus and rail routes, as well as biking and walking the Greenway. The site can be seen as a path and a destination / a point of origin to city parks and the Greenway.
Building Methodology: Diagram illustrates the parks found along Durham's American Tobacco Trail Greenway. This "plugged-in" approach became the building methodology and determination of building placement on the block. (the black outline showing the land we had for consideration).
Diagrammatic master plan: The integrated path and green roof provide a public green space for recreation, observation, along with a rooftop restaurant. The block is becoming an entertainment destination with a ballpark and performing arts center already in use. The black masses represent areas that could be redeveloped with higher density and mixed use buildings, capitalizing on the site/block amenities.
CONCEPT: The 300,000 SF facility is a physical connection and repair of the American Tobacco Trail and associated City Parks. The green roof exists as if the land from the site was lifted and the building slipped beneath. Information provided to visitors about the green roof (and then use of it) will remind visitors that the quality of life also depends on the integrity of our natural environment, food, air & water.
Diagrams (view original file for larger image)
Structure
HVAC
Interior Circulation
Exterior Circulation
Gym / Fitness Facilities
Medical / Rehab
Public ammenities
Retail / Lobby
Section_Entrance from Ballpark area (southern most cut on plan):
Section shows basketball court and indoor hallway adjacent to rising outdoor path. The hallway is lined with activity rooms for classes such as whole food cooking, art and martial arts. Rooftop restaurant overlooks the Durham Bull's ballpark.
Model at 1" = 50"
PROGRAM:
The client, Duke University, requested a hybrid facility that will be both a private physical therapy center and public gym complex in downtown Durham, NC. The site is adjacent to the Durham Bull's Ball Park.
MY CONCEPT: To question where one service stops and the other begins, and why stages of health and healing would be compartmentalized. The program is therefore integrated whenever possible.
Plans - The ground level plans are situated slightly below grade to keep the slope of the green roof handicap accessible. It also eliminates any stairs on the ground floor, minimizing accessibility problems for rehab patients. The path is sloped at 1:20 so that is it accessible for as many people as possible.
Second level plan is the path up to the green roof and a few offices and rec rooms.
Third level is the green roof and designated activities.
INTEGRATED HEALING: A physical therapy center + gym complex

PROGRAM:
Duke University has requested a hybrid facility that will be both a private physical therapy center and public gym complex in downtown Durham, NC. The site is adjacent to the Durham Bull's Ball Park. and a major highway is adjacent the overall site, which is a primary entry into downtown Durham.
CONCEPT:
To question where one service stops and the other begins, and why stages of health and healing would be compartmentalized. The two programs are therefore integrated whenever possible, as well as integrating the building to the site, and the program to the city. In order to integrate the building users with each other, the outdoors and the city as a whole, a number of strategies were employed: the de-isolation of personal activities & circulation space, permeable surfaces & facades, outdoor program, connection to the American Tobacco Trail Greenway and parks system & public availability of lockers, restaurants and rooftop.

Kristin Hawk
Architectural Designer Wilmington, NC