This district in Cleveland includes universities, art studios, music conservatories, and other educational and cultural institutions, as well as healthcare and residential buildings. Here, open spaces serve multiple people and uses; as a campus and a neighborhood. Replacing an existing plaza, the new space serves the new district identity and sustainable values. It is located across from the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, which together create the neighborhood threshhold.
In a subtle gesture of separation, the plaza lifts slightly above surrounding grades, giving users a vantage over the street and increasing visibility from the street into the plaza. The design creates a plaza and an informal stage for students, taking advantage of who is living there and supporting the arts and cultural neighbors. On any given day, you can find people practicing violin in the plaza at lunch.