As architects, our projects are never designed in a bubble. Input from our clients, local jurisdictions, neighboring properties, and our past experiences all work together to shape our clients’ visions into tangible buildings. Recently, we had a project where our client was exploring the idea of excavating a neighboring hillside along the main road to promote visibility to a multi-tenant retail building. In addition to poor existing sight lines from the road, the building heights were limited by regulations from existing neighboring businesses, creating a challenge that could best be solved visually.
In previous blogs, we’ve spoken about JL Architects creating visualization tools. This example is one of many instances where easy-to-read visuals helped a client achieve their desired outcome. We were able to model the buildings on the existing site conditions, add existing and proposed topography, and create street level views at varying distances from the intersection entering the center. These views represented the site visibility as someone approached by car. The before/after hillside excavation became a clear visual for our client to propose the site work to the other stakeholders and helped quantify the scope of the work needed to achieve the desired sight lines.
Street level views were taken at specific distances from the intersection, and then related to a point on an aerial site plan. The site plan helped give a sense of relativity to the distance of the view from the intersection as well as the area to be excavated. Ultimately, we were able to show the impact the surrounding site had on visibility from the road. That impact allowed for a decision to move the project forward and created a tool to communicate intentions to other parties for design approval. Once the amount of excavation was realized, the property manager was able to use our visuals to get the owner’s approval, as well as propose the work to the neighboring land owner, and secure leases from all proposed tenants.
Our newly created street level views assured the viability and success of the proposed center. How can JLA help you?