The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and Architect Wade Scaramucci took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.
What if the railroad tracks between Deep Deuce and Bricktown were gone.? How would you transition between the two?
WADE: I believe a natural connection between Deep Deuce and Bricktown could significantly improve the quality of residential living and commerce in both areas. The existing train division is disappointing.
STEVE: I really wish city leaders could find a way to open Oklahoma Avenue between NE 2 and Main Street. I think that would do wonders for both Bricktown and Deep Deuce.
Wade, your firm designed Level which was immediately full upon opening. What were the challenges with designing this project in this specific area?
WADE: Topography. Precedent. Cost. Rental values in Oklahoma City. There is a 16 foot slope in two different directions on the site, which we chose to embrace and derived into architectural form. We had to create and ensure active edges along the entire perimeter of the building. We had to tie the courtyard back to the street edge and provide every unit with external accommodation.
What is the project your firm has designed that you are most excited about seeing built?
WADE: All projects are special in many ways. We are very enthusiastic about all the Oklahoma City projects. The Google project in London is particularly exciting (a new Google headquarters for the U.K.)
If there was one project that you designed for another city that you could pick up and plop down in OKC, what would it be and why?
WADE: The Angel building in London, a heavy intervention of the 1980s failed British telecom office. It completely recycled and regenerated a corner of Angel.