greg knobloch: 499.summit
greg knobloch: 499.summit greg knobloch: 499.summit
apr 05, 2012

greg knobloch: 499.summit

499.summit / birds-eye view

499.summit carefully challenges all preconceived notions of the word “prison”, and proposes simple yet powerful ideas that re-imagine the high-rise as an urban penitentiary. the massing consists of three towers in the shape of an arch. the inherent linear and formal qualities of the ‘arch’ allowed us to establish our key circulatory concept: up, over, down. each arch has three primary phases, incarceration (up), transformation (over), and integration (down). the arches begin isolated during the incarceration phase and merge together both physically and programmatically during the integration phase. as the inmates graduate through the facility, they are being exposed to an increasing degree of social interaction, in order to make the transition back into society as soft as possible. to catalyst this process, public program and residential housing units are introduced in the integration phase downwards.

499.summit / ground condition 01

499.summit //ground condition 02

499.summit / ground condition 03

499.summit / aerial


499.summit / model

499.summit / model

499.summit / sketch

499.summit / ground plan

499.summit / program+circulation diagram

499.summit / strategy

499.summit / core-segmentation

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  • Amazing! The rationalization of concept and final product are executed brilliantly. I think we have the next Bijark Ingles on our hands!

    50crowley says:
  • 499 Summit!!!!!!!!!

    Andrew Paul says:
  • amazing design/smart well thought out concept.

    deb jayne 04.06.12 says:
  • #formal

    prpl says:
  • Hate it! Aggressive, ominous and looming.

    Cat says:

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