WHEDA at Archipelago Village

A collaborative vision melds industrial elements with contemporary urban design for pedestrian spaces and a rooftop terrace.

Madison, Wisconsin

Saiki Design worked with Potter Lawson Architects on a second phase of Archipelago Village to create an owner-occupied office building with first-floor retail for the Wisconsin Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).  The design team continues to work on this vibrant, mixed-use development by crafting a distinctive style of buildings and an integrated, quasi-industrial, cohesive site character.  Anchored by the Hotel Indigo, an inaugural first phase project, the vision for the multi-phase Archipelago Village is to holistically redevelop an entire city block along the East Washington corridor in downtown Madison.

Saiki Design was responsible for site planning and design, challenged by City of Madison requirements for loading and service access, bicycle parking and stormwater management on this tight urban site.  The design features an intimate entry plaza framed by an open-air architectural steel volume.  Pedestrian crosswalks connecting the site to adjacent public sidewalks and future phases of development are demarcated and accentuated by variation in pavement materials.  A rooftop terrace along the west and south edges of the fourth floor provides private exterior space and features a simple, modern-industrial palette of precast concrete pavers and edging, planters, sedum panels and charcoal-colored, smooth stone ballast.

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