How can a building foster a social, engaged urban community?
Melting Pot cultivates a diverse community by centering its shared social life around a large, public courtyard park. All three programs - museum (50,000 sq. ft.), market (40,000 sq. ft.), and housing (200,000 sq. ft.) - encircle it. Each program is legibly stacked, but reconnected visually and structurally with Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) walls, whose curved cladding questions the nature of contemporary timber technology.
Each element is developed to meet its own particular needs: the housing uses a playful, modified perimeter block to give ample opportunities for neighborly encounters while optimizing residents' access to air, light, and views; the museum is subtly connected to the street above through varying clerestories, and the market is kept as flexible as possible, adjacent to and above the sidewalk.
Melting Pot reaches out to the city and shelters a shared, open center to foster an urban community. It encircles, gathers around, and encloses itself, though not completely, modeling the social gathering of its diverse users.