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For the Uber Elevate Summit 2019, Pickard Chilton and Arup were again engaged to design a concept for a Skyport Mobility Hub for 2023, the Uber Sky Loft, and had the privilege of being the only team designated by Uber to design a Skyport for their first international launch market in Melbourne, Australia. The proposed initial network includes the retrofit of an existing parking structure and the design of a bespoke greenfield solution.
The Sky Loft’s design creates a compelling and seamless user experience while delivering an elegant and high-performance building. The Sky Loft is distinguished by its extensive use of a highly sustainable mass timber structure - easily sourced, renewable and manufactured off-site – to offset tons of carbon while featuring the beauty of natural wood. The design was driven by our team’s common aspirations to deliver a structure that positively contributes to the built environment while stewarding the natural environment.
Sky Loft program areas include a Skyport Lounge, Uber Greenlight Hub, an operations facility for JUMP bike and scooter sharing, and retail. On-site transit options include Uber ride sharing, JUMP bike and scooter rental, and Uber Air service; additionally, the Sky Loft is located a short walk from other public transit options.
For an invited competition, Pickard Chilton and ARUP collaborated on the concept design for a Mega-Skyport – Uber’s vision for a next-generation urban aviation transport system. Dubbed “Sky Tower,” the project is intended to facilitate at least 1000 vehicle arrivals and 1000 departures per hour, with each vehicle accommodating up to five passengers.
Pickard Chilton recently completed the master plan and concept design for the Global Gateway Shinagawa, the redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station. Phase 1 of the development was recently reviewed by the Council on National Strategic Special Zones and certified by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Initial phases are expected to be completed by 2024.
Envisioned as a new global hub connecting Tokyo to the world, the Global Gateway Shinagawa has been designed as a next-generation urban environment that symbolizes Japan's openness and is a catalyst for innovative, international companies to create new businesses and cultures. The key design concepts for the development include:
- Organize buildings along the 1.6 km/1.0 mile-long site as an “archipelago” of diverse uses and unique public spaces;
- Interconnect the buildings with a richly-landscaped pedestrian promenade that flows with a series of public parks and plazas;
- Create a cohesive architectural identity for buildings within the development; and,
- Respectfully integrate the Takanawa Gateway Station by Kengo Kuma & Associates.
In addition to leading the Design Code and Master Plan for Global Gateway Shinagawa, Pickard Chilton is designing Block IV within the development. Within two 30-story towers connected by a seven-story podium, the mixed-use complex comprises over 460,000 m2/4.9 million gsf and will include offices, a five-star hotel, conference spaces, and retail.
Images above are conceptual and subject to change.
To accommodate Google’s continued growth, 3 Cambridge Center, an existing four-story commercial office and retail building, is being redeveloped to serve as 325 Main, Google’s next-generation work environment in the heart of Kendall Square. The high-performance design comprises approximately 375,000 gsf of new office space on sixteen floors as well as 42,000 gsf of retail at the lower levels.
With an activated ground and second floor retail edge along Main Street and the façade abutting Kendall Plaza, 325 Main will significantly enhance the pedestrian experience and enliven the public realm. A new pedestrian connection from Kendall Plaza up to the Kendall Square Rooftop Garden creates a multi-level public terrace overlooking Main Street and Kendall Plaza with potential for programming. 325 Main further enhances neighborhood connectivity with a pedestrian connection between Pioneer Way and the Kendall Plaza. The existing MBTA headhouse serving the Kendall Red Line T-Station will be integrated at Kendall Plaza.
325 Main’s massing is conceived as a parallelogram, opening the space between the adjacent buildings and public areas. Articulating its massing, a series of inset “apertures” provide interest and balance, while creating outdoor terraces. Connecting 325 Main and the 355 Main Street building, a sloped “gasket” element creates a visual distinction between them while preserving the latter’s architectural integrity. Upper floors along Main Street have been pulled away from 355 Main Street to distinguish the visual separation. A glass façade, comprising spandrel, frit and vision glass and metal panels, will articulate the building.
The North Terminal of National Airport—now familiar to millions of visitors to, and natives of, the national capital area—evokes the grace of flight itself; its cascading roof vaults the color of the sky.