typically, the moderate vernacular lifestyle of middle-age people spend the majority of their time at their workplace. allotting anywhere from 8 to 16 hours dedicated to working the job, usually means being at home becomes secondary. even the commute to work every day would absorb a chunk of time, yet people continue to make the distinction between the office and their private dwelling. a few have learned that the office and the home can be synonymous. ones who use their home as a place of business may often find that handling time to be free-form, without the confines of management guidelines as set in corporate offices. where do we find a comfortable balance from the hustle n’ bustling to the laxed’ hippish?

take a modern archetype city like Chicago for example, defined by its cascading vertical landscape of skyscrapers and the vast amount of public green spaces hugging along lake Michigan. the dichotomy of urban workforce and constructed nature is often more divided than collapsed to offer a balance of living, playing and working environments. what if we could do the work, where we lived and played with it?

i often design with intentions that water should be of close proximity, ever reminding us that the resource is linked to our ability to function. the second strategy is to inject program into public space ranging from commerce to residential; as seen in developments like Toronto’s Festival Tower designed by KPMB architects. the lively, and sociable aspects of people will be integrating into the designs to create diversity in their daily affairs.

structural concept and scheme

glazing and colour rendering in perspective

visual representation of the social aspects in the live-work-play community