It was really great to be a part of this project! From seeing the design renderings to construction documents, to the actual final built project. Talking and meeting with the architect was a wonderful experience. They were really into the project and enjoyed designing the building. The architect had a 'big idea' which is described as:
a 'Parti' - noun: Parti or Parti pris/from the French Prendre parti meaning "to make a decision", often referred to as the big idea, is the chief organizing thought or decision behind an architect's design presented in the form of a basic diagram and/or a simple statement.
This 'big idea' is somewhat rare these days in the world of architecture with the usual compressed design schedules and budgets. The 'parti', or architectural idea, was to create a building using local cultural influences and the rhythmic progression of jazz music - a jazz musical scale. You can actually see this in the plan and facades of the building (using Kingspan Metal Panels). Mosaic Village also recently won the Charlotte, North Carolina, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Urban Design Merit Award. Well deserved!
Mosaic Village was designed as a sustainable campus that promotes diversity, mobility, identity, history, and vitality. It serves as one of the first pieces of an envisioned cultural 'mosaic' just east of downtown Charlotte. The mixed-use project consists of residence housing for Johnson C. Smith University, retail space, a roof-garden, and a 400 car parking deck.
Neighboring Concepts, PLLC, the architect for the project and AIA Urban Design Merit Award recipient, is an inventive multidisciplinary design firm that strives to deliver elegant, sustainable solutions to their clients. Kingspan insulated and non-insulated panel systems gave them the design flexibility they needed to see their unique vision become a reality.
(Photos Courtesy of Neighboring Concept)
James Ruckman is a Regional Sales Manager for Kingspan Benchmark covering the Southeast. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and practiced architecture for 27 years before joining Kingspan. James is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoys traveling the southeast visiting architects, contractors, and Kingspan construction sites. James is also a music lover and enjoys live jazz and blues in local towns and cities in the south.