Design Inspiration

JCSU's partnered with Charlotte Archetectural firm Neighboring Concepts to come up with the design of Mosaic Village. Like JCSU Neighboring Concepts believes in working with communities to help them reach their potential. 

They have outlined their vision for Mosaic Village and shared how they were inspired to create the design the newest jewel in 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 is being envisioned along West Trade Street in Historic West End.

Designed with college students and young professionals in mind, Mosaic Village is envisioned as 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 a 299 bed Residence Hall for JCSU, 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 has carefully been sculpted by the cultural influence of Jazz Music, seen at the historic Excelsior Club. 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 becomes 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 at the main lobby. The 6,800 square feet of retail space consists of three main shell space locating along West Trade Street, each with an outdoor terrace and interior courtyard. The 400 space parking deck serves the immediate needs of the building, while also providing adequate spaces to serve the surrounding community and future development. As one of the main features of the village, the top level of the deck serves as a rooftop terrace with a skyline view of uptown Charlotte.

The village has a goal of sharing resources innovatively, appreciating the individual differences that come with diversity, and celebrating the opportunities for collaboration and engagement involved with being part of the overall mosaic that is Historic West End.

Early rendering of Mosaic Village.
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