یک معمار - یک پروژه - ۴
An Architect - A Project - 4
Mehrdad Yazdani - Yazdani studio
UCSD Price Center
La Jolla, Ca
The original plan for the price center, was developed with an "introverted" configuration –a central courtyard bordered on three sides by all of the building's program elements facing inward- the established a powerful sense of place and a hub for dining and events. When the university's growth necessitated an expansion of price center, the studio's solution was to create an "extroverted", highly permeable addition offering many points of entry and features such as plazas and monumental staircases that engage the building's surroundings and enrich the street experience.
The 172000 sf addition expands the bookstore and space available for retail foodservice and student organizations and reinforces the primary pedestrian circulation paths linking the sides of campus. In response to the gradual slope of the site, the addition has two "ground floor", as does the original price center, enhancing the accessibility of both the existing facility and expansion and maximizing revenue from and synergy among retail and foodservice outlets, all located at grade.
Consistent with the planning goals of the UCSD Master Plan and University Center Design Guidelines, the addition's architectural character and multiple points of entry aid the transformation of the surrounding University Center neighborhood in to a "town center": a lively, dense, pedestrian – oriented area with a distinctive urban quality, serving as hub for many different activities and heart of the campus. In support of the university's goal of achieving of the equivalent of a LEED Silver rating, the project incorporates a number of sustainable design elements.