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Filling In: Fantasy Buildings Part 1

What could it be? [PHOTO: Author]
By Matthew Denker

Welcome back, readers, to a new, semi-regular Filling In feature – Fantasy Buildings. Fantasy Building, really, since each feature will look at just one imaginary building I’ve been thinking about (imagining?). I’ll also share a few pictures of buildings that inspired the idea and maybe a few ideas of just where a building like this would work in Rochester.

Fantasy Building Number 1 View 1 [PHOTO: Author]

Fantasy Building Number 1 View 2 [PHOTO: Author]

Our first imaginary building is a 3 story, masonry and glass apartment building. The first floor could potentially be retail, or it could be setup as live work space. My rendering has no windows in the back, but depending on the site chosen for this building, windows could easily be added. Also, the building could be made as long, as deep, or as L-shaped as necessary.

Fantasy Building Number 1 View 3 [PHOTO: Author]

The building was inspired by a building I saw in Stillwater, OK while I was there a few weeks ago. That building is only two stories, but otherwise is very similar.

District Bicycles Building in Stillwater, OK [PHOTO: Google Maps]

I liked the idea of extending the internal form an additional floor in a combination of many new buildings in NYC as well as the reuse of historic facades in Washington DC. Here are a few examples of those.

Red Lion Row in Washington, DC [PHOTO: Google Maps]

500w21 in New York City, NY [PHOTO: 520w21.com]

I don’t really have a vision for where this, or a building like it could go, although I think it’d look great over in NOTA on one of the surface lots over there. Possibly somewhere on West Main as well.

Fantasy Building Number 1 View 4 [PHOTO: Author]

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Now here’s your chance to critique the building (keep it PG for our younger readers, please) or suggest somewhere it might go. If you see something that catches your fancy, please feel free to take the design and run with it. I promise I won’t come after you! I’m looking forward to sharing more fantasy buildings in the future. Until then.

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2 Responses to “Filling In: Fantasy Buildings Part 1”

  1. Ben says:

    That building could work on the corner of Broadway/Howell(soon to be Union?) in that empty grass lot. Have the balconies facing north, would have an awesome view of downtown and is within walking distance of everything going on down there.

  2. Malcolm Kelley says:

    Move Tom Otterness’s awful figurines from the corner of Goodman and University to that location. Perhaps, then, the citizens and animal companions of this city can put the horrible past “behind” us — or, in this case, behind the Memorial Art Gallery.

    http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/art-feature-the-art-of-controversy-inside-mags-sculpture-park-protest/Content?oid=2125089

    https://www.facebook.com/MAGboycott/

    http://abc7news.com/archive/8434984/


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