EskewDumezRipple has unveiled its designs for the new Center for Developing Entrepreneurs located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Envisioning multi-use space for entrepreneurs, designers, and developers, and additional ground-floor retail, the new 215,000-square-foot Center will act as a connective ligature between the institutional, commercial, and historic avenues of the city.
The facade, via a repeating pattern, will ensure consistency throughout the various tenant spaces enclosed within. The building will negotiate the difference in scales of the surrounding environment by employing a stepped elevation pattern, exposing rooftop courtyard areas and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At the ground floor, the brick will be lifted, replaced by a glazed first story to expose a unique public space intended to enliven the street and promote connectivity. This interior plaza will also serve to extend the terminus of the main thoroughfare, Main Street, with a direct connection to adjacent Water Street. The move will facilitate access between the adjoining areas and allowing further retail space to be integrated into the surrounding pedestrian mall. The project is targeting ambitious sustainability goals, with completion set for 2022.
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