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Vicinity Map

Project Statement
City Revitalization
Project
Benton Harbor, MI. USA.
George Simpson &
Jacob Resler

Site Plan Oblique

Parti Diagram

Patterns Used

This new development, along the western edge of Benton Harbor,


at the corner of Main Street and 12th Street, seeks to benefit the city
holistically through commerce, residence and food. The development of
the site fuses with the architecture of the environment to create an
experiential architecture that unfolds for visitors and residents as it is
perceived through each individuals movement through the different
spaces. This new development, draws from the existing and historical
buildings, transforming the entire site into a pleasant experience for the
visitors and residents.
Near the Whirlpool headquarters building, the development is
distinguished by a tower, visible from both existing streets, and also as
one walks through the site. The development is designed to form new
spaces and give different angles of vision to the tower. The familiar
architecture, the great work environment, and the shopping experience
is possible thanks to a dynamic and supportive relationship between the
work place, shops and residential environment.

PATTERN 61: SMALL PUBLIC SQUARES


PATTERN 104: SITE REPAIR
PATTERN 106: POSITIVE OUTDOOR SPACE
PATTERN 124: ACTIVITY POCKETS

As visitors move through the site, they will experience a flow


between different interesting squares that will provide them with
different degrees of intimacy, and bring the place to life, with views
from one level to another, from inside to outside. The threaded
movement between the squares of the site gives the development a fluid
dynamism based on its sensitive relationship to its context. This
proposal of new structures and public spaces seeks to compliment the
citys rich history and promises a bright future for the city of Benton
Harbor.

PATTERN 127: INTIMACY GRADIENT


PATTERN 142: SEQUENCE OF SITTING SPACES

Figure Ground Drawings

Ghirardelli Square

St Joseph

Benton Harbor

Rejuvenating Benton Harbor


A Project Proposal for Benton Harbor, Michigan
George Simpson & Jacob Resler
Arch 320: Placemaking Studio
Professor Moreno : Fall 2014

12th Street Perspective

Site Plan
Section A

Section B

Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

George Simpson & Jacob

Approach Perspective

Vista of the Site from Main St. Perspective

Vista to the Main Building Balcony Perspective

Plan Oblique

Section Perspective

Building Section Looking West

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Vista of the Site from Corner of Main and 12th Street

Night Perspective Looking out from Main Building

Night Perspective. Looking to Main Building

Interior Perspective Main Building-Second Floor

Looking from Second Floor Balcony into Small Public Square

Vista of the Site looking North (Main St.)

Vista of the Site from Main Street

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Process Work
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