Mosaic celebrates diversity by providing mixed-income housing, but also by creating a mixed-use community woven together with green spaces. By thoroughly incorporating plazas, courtyards, and communal sky gardens into the design, the building offers a variety of opportunities for social engagement at multiple scales. Mosaic was designed by Grimshaw Architects (SLCE, Executive Architect) to provide 540 apartments distributed in a 36-story tower and a 12 story base.
There is a diversity of unit layouts, as well as live/work duplex units. The project demonstrates the potential of creative urban design and development to create a vertical village. The distinctive building mass evolved from the maximum zoning envelope where bulk was redistributed to allow for environmental and contextual adjustments.
The building is shaped to allow sunlight into the courtyard, and a series of sky gardens is carved-out to serve as resident amenities and to “dissolve” the tower into a landscape of vertical greenery. The final massing features a porous and varied silhouette that creates unique open spaces while still maximizing floor area and creating a significant number of residential units with active ground floor retail and community facility spaces. The façade features a pre-fabricated rainscreen system with a wide range of materials.