Phoenix Mills Hostel (Adaptive Reuse)

Type: Adaptive Reuse, Cafe, Market, Hostel (RIT Design Project)
 
Location: Rochester (High Falls), New York
 
Task:
The Phoenix Mills Building is an angular building situated on the edge of the High Falls gorge and the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge.  The property has been historically underutilized and has typically been restaurant with one to three apartments above.  An in-depth look at the neighborhood and the building footprint itself lead to a new proposal that would best utilize the building and positively impact the neighborhood.
Summary:

The High Falls neighborhood is rich with history.  Each building is unique and comes with its own story.  The Phoenix Mills Building, at 104 Platt Street is no exception.  Built as a mill originally, it was partially demolished and altered to allow for the construction of the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge.  The building's footprint poses a challenge.  A small and irregular shape makes programming the building a challenge. 

The High Falls neighborhood houses a variety of offices, leading to an imbalance of activity through the week.  Lunch hours are typically the busiest while nights and weekends are quiet.  Visitors and tourists to the area are drawn here, but have limited options in terms of entertainment or activity.  This project determined that a residential usage would help the neighborhood see more activity during these off hours.  However, the limited footprint meant only a few apartments would be possible, and therefore a limited number of people.  A hostel was proposed to get residential occupancy with a higher density and consistently changing  demographic.  A market and cafe supports the lunch crowd and residential users as well, including students of the nearby MCC Downtown Campus.  A hostel in this location allows for tourists and visitors to be nearby the spectacular high falls and have easy access to downtown or the other areas of the region, with close proximity to bikes and buses, as well as Interstate 490.

Concept
Floor Plan

THIRD FLOOR PLAN

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SECOND FLOOR PLAN

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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FOURTH FLOOR PLAN

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SITE AXONOMETRIC DIAGRAM

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