- Burnham Square
Kansas City, Missouri
- Entry to the Nelson Atkins Museum's
"Inventing the Modern World" Pavilion Design Competition
Burnham square is a self-powering and self-promoting pavilion for innovation—a place to bring thinkers, creators, and makers together to collaborate across disciplines. Composed from a series of solar-powered pods, or “squares,” that unfold into planned work areas, Burnham offers an innovative take on the possibilities of the future office.
Project designed in collaboration with Matthew Kempf Associate AIA, LEED GA+Scott Hill [Foundry Collective] - Branding / Brand Implementation / Interactive DesignPaul Wilkes [Foundry Collective] - Branding / Brand Implementation / Interactive DesignRachel Whitaker LEED GA - Interior DesignNate Luke - Native Landscape Design
- The trend of sharing resources and space for work has become commonplace in American cities. In tough economic times, co-working has allowed many young startups to get off the ground and has reconfigured our ideas of the necessities of a modern office. In addition, co-working spaces exist in opposition to the trend of treating the local coffee shop as your own office with an endless supply of cinnamon lattes. Co-working spaces are purposed for work, thus refocusing our efforts and resulting in more productivity. Burnham Square is a prototype for the next step in the evolution of the co-working space. The pavilion is an example of the square’s ability to adapt to any landscape and program. The scale of a planned cluster of squares can vary greatly depending on programmatic intent. Each square is designed to function efficiently as an individual (back-yard office), in small groups (think tanks/ work retreats), or in large numbers as a micro-city of circulation, plazas, and work spaces (conventions / conferences).
- To meet the diverse and changing needs of a creative workspace, each square is constructed in a modular fashion, allowing walls with various features to be “plugged” into the frame. Each square is built with an identical structural frame to support prefabricated walls. Each wall type offers a different purpose, and each combination of walls creates a space with different capabilities. The modular construction system also allows less construction time and site disturbance. The squares are designed to be fabricated and constructed offsite and then relocated to their permanent or temporary location.
- To expand upon the possibilities of the future workspace, Burnham Square is equipped with solar panels. These panels charge a central battery to power each square’s lighting, electrical outlets, and WiFi. In times of high use, this solar energy is supplemented by two energy-generating, fixed recumbent bicycles. The design of the energy-harvesting system will be calibrated to levels that will require power generated from the cycles during a time of unusually high use or an extended cloudy day. The pavilion will share this information with the public via social media and a website. This linked website will present the current battery charge, amount of solar energy being harvested, amount of cycle energy being harvested, and the number of people who have “checked in” to work at the pavilion. By displaying this web infographic prominently at the pavilion and online for those interested worldwide, the issue of our nation’s changing energy demands is reduced to a more personally manageable scale. If we as a nation wish to continue to pursue innovation we must begin to understand and contribute to energy conservation at a personal level.