The key hole's Community Market

2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition:

Define

Our community market design, located at 2211 W 35th Street will serve the community of Mckinley Park by providing not only a gathering space, but local venues for all manner of commerce, community, and education. We successfully addressed the challenge by incorporating open floor concepts with rotating local bands and artist whose arts we will display. There will be restaurants and local vendors/ shops with outdoor and indoor areas with community spaces for gathering. We served the McKinley Park community through a graffiti wall where residents can add a drawing of a piece representing themselves and a Chicago skyline window design with solar panels at the top of our building to be environmentally clean. There will be healthy food options and the circular opening throughout the middle of our building of glass to let in natural light in order to limit fluorescent light, and other details that will show our vision.

Collect Info

McKinley Park 2211 W 35th Street in Chicago with about 36, 060 square feet. It lacks a space for people to gather. Dunkin Donuts is very close to the site that we would be building on. Their is a thrift store near the stop and a bank. The surrounding culture is very young and has lots of energy. The ideal food types would be something fresh for people that do not have access to the supermarket around 15 minutes away. As explained above, there is nothing quite like our design near and it is needed because of the young culture with a lot of energy.

Brainstorm Ideas

When we started, we were inspired by all the open spaces in Chicago and the idea that people can come to meet new people in their community. Then we thought of a circular almost key-like design to better symbolize our idea. We wanted lots of locals opportunities available for the community.

Develop Solutions

The building is shaped like a keyhole. This is because it will unlock all the possibilities for the space. There will be solar panels on the top once the building has established and had enough profit to sustain it. It is circular to make the inside seem more timeless and continuous. There is a huge circular skylight the the top of the building and a glass circle in the floor on the top floor as well to let the natural light through all of the floors. There will be lots of local shops on the top and local food vendors on the bottom. There will also be a playground for the children on the bottom floor. The bottom floor has many community tables to help increase communication between people. There will also be a big stage for local musicians and a wall for local artists to display their art.

Final Design

The Key Hole will allow local bands, artists, and vendors/ restaurants to share their music, art, and food. It gives them a chance to interact with the people in their community and vice versa. It will help from a business standpoint as well. It will give people a chance to connect and see what the people in their community are doing while still ensuring healthy environment (food, etc). The windows that we incorporated into our building would represent the chicago skyline from the lake. It would bring a large piece of culture into a very small building not in the midst of the city. The surrounding area would be represented by graffiti walls and more of a comfortable and supporting feeling. The materials that would be in use would be found in a lot of the older architecture in downtown Chicago. It would be modern but not in the sense of bright and fluorescent lights that add an artificial look to the trees and inside. wish we would have had more time to be able to figure out the details of the Chicago skyline windows. None of us are professional architects so figuring out how to do that from an engineering aspect was very hard. The also wish we would have had more time to be able to find out the exact details of what to do with the space surrounding the building outside. Our community market design, located at 2211 W 35th Street will serve the community of Mckinley Park by providing not only a gathering space, but local venues for all manner of commerce, community, and education.