Design Inspiration

JCSU's partnered with Charlotte Architectural firm Neighboring Concepts to design Mosaic Village. Like JCSU, Neighboring Concepts believes in working with communities to help them reach their potential. 

They outlined their vision for Mosaic Village and shared how they were inspired to create the design of this jewel of the Northwest Corridor. 

Sketch of mosaic Village with notes
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Gazing at a mosaic, it is nearly impossible to comprehend the amount of time and precision required to create the natural blending of elements that result in the final image. Individually the pieces may appear disjointed, yet when placed together the result is incredible.

Such a mosaic was envisioned along West Trade Street in Historic West End.

Designed with college students and young professionals in mind, Mosaic Village is a vibrant and energetic community located at the heart of Historic West End, just walking distance from center city Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson and Wales and Gateway Village. Seen as one of the first pieces of this envisioned cultural mosaic, the mixed-use project consists of apartment-style suites, retail space, and a 400 car parking deck.

Photo outlining how jazz inspired the architecture
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Inspired by the area’s rich history and unmatched resilience, Mosaic Village was sculpted by the cultural influence of jazz music.. The rhythmic progression of the building pulls from the jazz aesthetic and its improvisational yet structured nature. A study of how the layers of music can inform and compose the layers of architecture produces an array of breaks, riffs, vamps, bridges, and improvs in physical form. Following these rules from the realm of jazz, the public and physical realm of Mosaic Village is an architectural composition that respects its history, while chartering a new path for the Historic West End Community.

Design sketches and notes about Mosaic Village.
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Mosaic Village has been designed as a sustainable campus that promotes diversity, mobility, identity, history, and vitality. The Residence Hall consists of 80 units (299 beds), each with a kitchen, washer/dryer, and two bathrooms. Lounges and study rooms are spread throughout each level to promote social interaction, while a fitness room, game room, and computer lab are located in the main lobby. The 6,800 square feet of retail space consists of three main shell spaces located along West Trade Street, each with an outdoor terrace and interior courtyard. 

Early rendering of Mosaic Village.
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