Uptown Phase 1 and 2 - Uptown in Cleveland is the creation of a new urban center, a main street for Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic. Architecture’s role here is to build a piece of city, and a common language and palette of materials repeat in the tradition of great cities like Paris and London, where continuous architecture creates the fabric of a district. Uptown in Cleveland is the creation of a new center, a main street for Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic. A segment of Euclid Ave between Ford Ave and 115th Street is anchored by two new cultural institutions, MOCA on the west and CIA on the east. Linking these two pivots are four new urban fabric buildings that contain commercial, retail and entertainment, with housing above. Architecture’s role here is to build a piece of city, and a common language
and palette of materials repeat on the buildings in the tradition of great cities like Paris and London, where continuous architecture crates the fabric of a district. The language is derived from the large scale historic perforated skin buildings of downtown Cleveland, merged with the townhouse fabric of nearby neighborhoods. The elements are bold perforated horizontal and vertical punctured windows, and ribbed aluminum planks, alternating in vertical and horizontal directions which create the townhouse scale. Two completed buildings line Euclid Ave and sweep around the corners, making a new urban intersection at 115th Street, unfolding to connect to the CIA. This form establishes a counterpoint to University Circle at the MOCA end of the site, and demarcates the new urban district, Uptown. The building on the south side of Euclid Ave has c
ommercial space lining the street, with parking on two levels at the rear. The commercial space houses a Barnes and Noble Bookstore, the entry lobby to the residences above is at a gateway which perforates the slab, and a grocery store which wraps around the corner onto 115th Street. Above are residences. Numerous types, ranging from one to three bedroom units, are structured in layers. From a double loaded central hallway, service bars are established on either side, connected to the habitable spaces on the outer walls. Three common area courtyards puncture the perforated façade. Across the street is a complimentary building which forms a pedestrian alley, a new pedestrian street, together with existing CWRU Residence buildings, which have new commercial programs added at their base. The Euclid building is transparent and perforated, with four restaurants which connect the alley to the main street. The functions of the alley focus on food and beverage. This building on the north side of Euclid has student rental apartments, structured in a similar way to the ones across the street, but more compact. Several communal outdoor courts perforate the façade. At the end of the alley a gateway under the buildings connects to entry of CIA. The commercial bases on both sides of the street are transparent, perforated and light. The façades of the two buildings are gridded and perforated, and recall Downtown Cleveland for Uptown, the new center at the hub of the most vital part of contemporary Cleveland. Phase ll is twice the height of Phase l, but retains the scale by folding the same architectural elements of perforated aluminum clad walls over three recessed glass voids which are treated as more neutral zones. Turning the corner at Ford Ave is a large urban gesture of a gateway, supported by a three story column, as a counterpoint to MOCA. This section of the building contains Corner Alley Bowling, with market rate apartments above. The other half of the building has restaurants, a bank along Euclid Ave, and student residences for CIA above. Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD , the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma, UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House.