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The 7,000-square-foot public garden is on the ground level and is intended to join the two main streets bordering the site. “I wanted to erase the rigid boundary between public and private and extend the city into my building and vice versa,” says Mariscal. “Retail spaces, an outdoor gym, and an outdoor cinema surround this space, all of which will increase the community’s engagement with the building.”
Each apartment unit has its own private green space. “I envision them as outdoor rooms where traditional interior activities could be carried out, like dining or entertaining,” says Mariscal. “Each ‘outdoor room’ is about 12 feet by 12 feet and is open to the sky and full of vegetation.”
On the roof, 70 percent of the area is dedicated to gardening. Mariscal says that the idea is that each rental unit would include a small piece of ground for people to grow their own vegetables. “This is healthier for residents, both physically and psychologically, less expensive, and environmentally attractive,” says Mariscal. The rest of the roof is given over to a lounge space for cooking and dining that has a view of downtown.