Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Design

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Exhale

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Public Plaza

INSPIRATION:
The concept of the Exhale sculpture is to help manage stormwater collection through a sculptural fountain that disperses and evaporates rainwater, highlighting the natural hydrologic cycles of the site. The sculpture encourages participants to move around the varying elements and view the mutating condition of the piece during the various seasons and times of day. The unique paving pattern, inspired by wind movement pattern diagrams, emanates from the mist fountain at the core of the plaza.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, the 140 West Urban Plaza is the first project in a larger town masterplan to invigorate this college town with greater pedestrian oriented landscapes. Framed by mixed-use development, the plaza is anchored by a dynamic sculpture that utilizes mist and color to define arterial pedestrian connections and encourage multi-generational engagement. This restorative project celebrates the hydrological cycles of the environment.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Pedestrians are drawn from the main street towards this plaza that offers a much-needed cooling amenity during the summer. The fountain represents the dispersion and evaporation of water, expressing the hydrologic cycles of the environment; transforming liquid water into a cloud-like state.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The masterplan for Downtown Chapel Hill began in 2007. This plaza, the 140 West Street Plaza in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, was completed in 2013.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The choreography of LED lighting was designed into the project, creating a transformative experience of color as it moves from one end of the sculpture and back. The mist and light move in tandem, filling the stainless-steel cocoon. The sculpture is a custom folded and layered perforated metal skin that allows for fog to emanate through the textured surfaces, creating the transformative moment of hydrology from liquid to a gas, cooling the ambient temperature as it evaporates into the air.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The area of the site is 1670 square meters (or 18,000sqft). The area of the iconic sculpture in the middle of site is: 19812mm width, 1829mm deep, 1524mm tall (65’ x 6’ x 5’). Materials use for the site include: stainless steel, LED light, mist system, paving

TAGS:
Chapelhill, NC, NorthCarolina, exhale, mykd, landarch, mist, fog, metalsculpture, hydrology

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The plaza at 140 West is sited at an important node based on the analysis of pedestrian connectivity in the Streetscape Masterplan. The study began with a contextual analysis of Downtown Chapel Hill, including identifying parks, transportation routes and bicycle safety. This information revealed a dearth of open spaces and established bike routes in the center of the commercial district. As a result, the project transformed an at grade parking lot site into a vibrant public gathering space.

CHALLENGE:
The fabrication of the custom perforated metal panels were a challenge- we worked closely with the fabricator to create an integrated structural solution that allowed for easier installation on site and fabrication in the shop.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-27 16:16:44

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Design Principal: Mikyoung Kim, Mikyoung Kim Design and Project Manager: Bryan Chou, Mikyoung Kim Design

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Mark La Rosa
Image #2: Photographer Mark La Rosa
Image #3: Photographer Mark La Rosa
Image #4: Photographer Mark La Rosa
Image #5: Photographer Mark La Rosa

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.myk-d.com/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
The Town of Chapel Hill and RAM Development

PROFILE:
Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and multifamily properties in the Southeast. The group also selectively provides equity and acquires distressed debt.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Design is a Nominee in Landscape Planning and Garden Design Category.

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Exhale Public Plaza by Mikyoung Kim Design is Winner in Landscape Planning and Garden Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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