Downtown Jackson, Mississippi is an area in dire need of urban renewal. This project attempts to understand the development of the city block within this setting and explore the possibilities of public infiltration. Currently, built blocks of many cities limit public circulation on the ground level to the exterior perimeter of the block. Using the Parisian Arcades and exploration of between- building spaces as precedent, the project seeks to create the first installment of a building that addresses public infiltration on an empty city block.
Development of form was the most challenging component of the project. The form holds a strong urban edge and breaks down thorough a cavernous cut as one approaches the interior of the block. This is to allow opportunity for future buildings to also respond to the interior of the block and to the existing building. The building is programmed around the arcade, the interior cut through the volume, creating a unique public environment within the urban landscape.