BIG, West 8 and Atelier Ten have teamed up to design a green-roofed multifunctional and revitalized neighborhood in Pittsburgh, which will include 1,200 new housing units and over 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space. New residences and public spaces will occupy the 28-acre Lower Hill district of Pittsburgh with a network of parks and paths replacing the existing street grid.
The master plan follows the sloping topography of the site and introduces a green network that references the city’s historic downtown. Individual buildings are bounded by a network of paths and triangular plazas, with terraced sloping roofs and varying building volumes taking advantage of the steep slope. Granite outcroppings puncture the public spaces designed by West 8, which facilitate an efficient flow of pedestrians, bikes, public transportation and cars.
“BIG’s master plan seeks to become a catalyst for future investment into the Hill District, moving beyond the standard sustainability solutions and reversing a tendency to vacate, and instead to refocus and reinvest into building a strong community.” said BIG’s Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Sustainable design features relating to heating and cooling techniques and rainwater collection have been incorporated into the project.