Representing the Mill River Prototypes

One component of our plan for New Haven’s Mill River are recommended hybrid building prototypes that combine light manufacturing “high bay” space with upper story commercial loft space that lines the primary street edge. We still haven’t decided how to represent the prototypes in the final report. These are just three of several examples we are considering.


(No) Stop Marconi by NHDM (Nahyun Hwang and David Moon)


Illustration by Peter Oumanski from “Skills Don’t Pay the Bills,” by Adam Davidson, New York Times Magazine, November 20, 2012


OMA, Parc de la Villette competition entry, Paris, 1982-83



Two examples of a sawtooth in plan: The Gillette factory located along Fort Point Channel in South Boston and the new Millenium Place project on Washington Street across from the Paramount Theater (designed by Blake Middleton at Handel Architects). The Gillette building uses the sawtooth to create a series of north-facing glass brick openings. The serrations in the Millennium Place plan provide lateral views from each apartment – thus maximizing the number of “corner units.” Above the second level (which only has serrations along the Avenue de Lafayette side), each floor plate of the 14-story building has 217 corners – resulting in a total of 3000 slab corners in the cast-in-place concrete structure.