Costley's Community Market

2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition:


In this years national discoverdesign competition we are tasked with providing Chicago's southwest side with a consistent and affordable source of healthy food. See Mckinley park and its surrounding neighborhoods are what are known as "Food deserts". Our goal is to utilize the spaces given to us, whichever one we choose, and create a building or space that is welcoming and inviting that accomplishes this need of providing the area with fresh, cheap, good food.

Collect Info

During this stage of the design process I researched the site area and the surrounding buildings. I had to also research transit types in the area and needed to configure a way to incorporate this into my site design. Before starting I also needed to get a good understanding of what it is we are trying to combat. So here is where I did all of my research on "Food Deserts" and the economic status of Chicago's Southwest side. From here I determined what exactly was needed in my design to provide completely for the guidelines of this project.

Brainstorm Ideas

I did most, if not all of my brainstorming when I was doing case studies for this project. Researching other markets and other commercial buildings helped implant ideas and design cues into my big plan. I know before I begin that I don't want this building to be bland or anything that doesn't grab ones attention. I plan on doing something with the design aspects and maybe incorporating slants and/or angled walls.

Develop Solutions

Developing a solution was more-or-less the hardest part of the project. Here I was required to take all of the architectural design cues that I wanted to use from the Brainstorm section, and I had to use these to tackle and accomplish the goals set forth for the community.One of the goals we wanted to reach was that of providing Chicago's southwest side a reliable and consistent source of healthy, affordable food. This process was particularly hard because my strengths lie in residential design, so the cafe I included and the outdoor market space are not completely what I want it to be. And because I failed to also include a way for people exiting the train station to directly go to the market, I figure that the sheer look of the building is intriguing enough to draw people in.

Final Design

Going into my final design I sought to make an attractive yet useful space for people to find cheap healthy food, but also to just come together. I knew the final building was going to be a tall one, and one with larger-than-life windows that spanned the entire height of it. I also liked the idea of a free-standing space, which I did incorporate as the expandable meeting room. Choosing the finishes and cues of this project was a tricky one because, the project calls for a more modern style to it, yet being in Chicago I feel that I had to keep some of it's older architecture tied in. So from this you get the slanted roofs with large overhand, but also you see the building is made of 2 types of brick. A darker version of it was used for the interior walls along with a dark red carpet finish on the floor to emphasize the old Chicago-esque vibe I wanted. On the outside is the lighter more tan brick, that was illuminated by many, many lights. Trying to keep in touch with this style, I laid out a very old fountain (revitcity) between the two market pavilions. Behind this is the multi-leveled retaining wall with a variety of foliage. The Inside consists of two office spaces, two meeting spaces, a long hallway open to art installations, men's and women's restrooms, Janitor's closet, and a small cafe. I mentioned above the large area in the middle of the first floor that is unused. Perhaps a seasonal installation may go here.