Local developer Mitch Glaser has developed a concept for identifying Gainesville as a ‘place’ along Interstate 75 by constructing gateway elements on existing overpasses north and south of Gainesville. The concept is to develop a design that appropriately conveys the character of Gainesville with a constructed element that spatially marks the ‘entry’ to Gainesville that may also have signage. Mr. Glaser approached the Florida Community Design Center to develop the call for projects and administer the competition process. Goals. Utilize existing overpass infrastructure to the north and south of Gainesville to establish a sense of arrival as one enters or moves through the City on I-75.
The client sought to utilize solar panels as an iconic element of a visionary light industrial live·work·play community. The design proposal seeks to break down the scale of the warehouse façade while using the solar panel module as a fabric of elements that could shade the façade and become an iconic visual element some 250 feet from the main roadway. The concept of the tree was abstracted to utilize simple pipe-tube structure and off-the-shelf photovoltaic (PV) panels as visual elements to organize circulation, provide shade and of course to provide electricity to the users of the building.