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Transportation + Aviation Architecture

Architectural design for transportation is the convergence of efficiency, accessibility, reliability, and functionality. While satisfying these attributes, we focus on how people will easily interact in a seamless and beautiful travel experience.

Exterior design proposal for the Skyloft program by Uber constructed with mass timber and three landing pads.

Pickard Chilton and Arup were engaged to design a concept for a Skyport Mobility Hub for 2023, the Uber Sky Loft, in Melbourne, Australia, at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019

The design of Block IV enhances the environment, livability, and accessibility of the Global Gateway Shinagawa through its smooth and direct connection to the flow of the master plan. Altogether, the composition of the towers, podium, public spaces, and New Station will set a new global standard in urban place-making. The project will be a symbolic threshold to Shinagawa embodying energy, excitement, and a spirit of innovation worthy of a new landmark for Tokyo.

The Block IV design for the Global Gateway Shinagawa represents a development of over 450,000 square meters within two 30-story towers connected by a seven-story podium. The complex is not simply a building, but a community that in­corporates an extraordinary diversity of uses and activities, including office, hotel, conference facilities, roof-top amen­ity and event space, retail, and dining functions. Reflecting the Shinagawa Archipelago Design Concept and Code, three principles underpin the design of Block IV: creating a sym­bolic identity, maintaining human scale, and enhancing the environment. The pedestrian-oriented Promenade on level 2, which extends the length of the development, is the or­ganizing framework for the design of Block IV. The flowing Promenade directly inspires the sense of flow and dynam­ic movement represented in the architectural design of the Block IV tower and podium.

Like a green hillside that meets the shore’s edge, the green-planted terraces of the Block IV podium design are shaped by the flow of the promenade, with curving forms that respond to the movement of people through the site and recall the history of the site as the shoreline of Tokyo Bay. Generously landscaped terraces create publicly accessible outdoor space at multiple levels within the project, and over 4,000 square meters of vertical greenery attached to the walls will create a unique visual connection between interior and exterior. The podium design uses materials with a warm tone and natural appearance to modulate the large scale of the project and to closely harmonize with the design of the New Station. The choice of materials, tones, and textures are a subtle reinterpretation of elements of traditional Japanese design that together create a unique and cohesive identity for the Shinagawa Global Gateway.

The concept design for a Mega-Skyport, Uber’s next generation aviation transport system with six landing pads.

Pickard Chilton and ARUP collaborated on the concept design for a Mega-Skyport – Uber’s vision for a next-generation urban aviation transport system - The Uber Sky Tower.

Reagan National Airport encompasses approximately a million square feet, accommodating over 16 million passengers annually.

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