The site is in Norman, Oklahoma and is bounded on the North by Lindsey St, the west by Chautauqua Ave., the east by the railroad and the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, and the south by Highway 9.
he process of creating the master plan of Oculus City began with a series of urban mappings for the current site that organizes information of the existing and past conditions.
URBAN DESIGN RESEARCH
MASTER PLAN DESIGN
1. North Quad
2. Goff Chapel
3. Baseball Field
4. Communication Tower
5. Football Stadium
. Outdoor Theater
7. Hotel and Conference Center
8. Sports Complex
9. Mutimodal Transportation Center
10. South Quad
In operation ‘Oculus City,’ the new football stadium is placed in the eastern corner of campus. The Multimodal Transportation Center sits directly to the southwest of the stadium, functioning as the main source of transportation throughout Norman. With the increase of gas prices, the desired need of the car has nearly diminished; the majority of the population relies on walking, bicycles and the integrated tramline.
The center of the city acts as a town square; walking paths are bordered with multi-use buildings that include local shops and restaurants on the first floor, and housing above. The main pedestrian walkway, Millennial Curve, passes through the entire site, from the park space to the north, curving through the dense multi-use complex and terminating in a park space at the entrance to the football stadium. This densification emphasizes the human scale to generate healthy streets that will support local business owners and keep the people of Norman connected.
This part of the project was assigned to groups of 2. Credit to Davis McDaniel for the help of the master plan design and the awesome sketches.
IRIS COMPLEX DESIGN
Located in the center of Oculus city is the Iris Complex, a great example of one of the central hubs that promote community connectivity through the use of mixed-use development, public buildings, and sustainable landscape design. This complex also connects Millennial Curve, the city’s main pedestrian walkway, and Axis Avenue, the central street of the city.
IRIS COMPLEX DIAGRAMS
Located at the intersection of Millennial Curve and Axis Avenue, Arboria Library is a six-story steel structure with the first four floors being a public library while the top two are high-end condominiums. Due to the two different types of occupancy, this building’s layout requires a clear delineation between public and private. Vertically speaking, the public realm is on the first floor which gradually transitions to private as we go upward. Since the building is located in such a dense urban area, the library was designed to be less formal and more exploratory by focusing on how individuals will use the space instead of where to put the books.
Arboria Library First Floor
Starting on the first floor, the building’s entrance is recessed to create a shaded outdoor space that can be furnished with outdoor furniture or transit shelters to draw people in toward the building. s visitors enter the south entrance, they will be in the main lobby of the building that features an atrium which does not only provide natural daylight but is also used as a passive ventilation system. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will see the main circulation desk to their left, on the right is technical services which deal with new materials as well as book returns. From here they can decide to continue upward or toward the secondary entrance/exit on the northeast corner of the building.
Arboria Library Second Floor
The second floor of the building consists of an area for children, which features a folding wall system that can fully open up and turn the space into a balcony/terrace. The location of this area will allow those who have kids to drop their children off here and continue on to other rooms and floors in this building. Also on this floor is periodicals and skybridge entrance to the building to the north. Of course there will be intensive security procedures (i.e. key cards, staffs), but the reason for this is to encourage the idea of bringing the inside out and the outside in. Essentially, we are not separating the usages, we are bringing them together.
Arboria Library Third Floor
Continuing up the staircase to the third floor, visitors will get access to the reading room on the northwest corner, the fiction/nonfiction section in the southwest, and the reference desk in the south east.
Arboria Library Fourth Floor
The fourth floor is where the technology garden, meeting room, and administration are located.
Arboria Library Fifth Floor
This grand staircase does not continue to the fifth and sixth floor as they are used for condos which require privacy.
Arboria Library Sixth Floor
For security and separation between public and private, there is also a lobby for residence located on the west side of the building. The residence will mainly use the vertical circulation in this lobby while the public will use the grand staircase that go up to the fourth floor.