Ramp-ant Hotel envisions a civic space for all of New Haven. It’s designed to attract and connect people, bridging physical and social divides. This vision arises from careful study of the history of the city and its current dynamics. It is proposed specifically for this site, which forms the crucial link between the Hill and downtown. The inspirations of this project were both local and international—the dynamic streetscape that existed here before urban renewal and the Kowloon Walled City: urban spaces that foster tight-knit community and provide a steppingstone from poverty to prosperity.
The building massing arises from the urban forces, drawing people up into the structure from both sides: ramps pull both ways, and the sidewalk is reconnected by removing the spiral ramp and adding retail spaces down the entire block. Mass of new additions reflects these forces while respecting the scale of the surroundings, breaking down the scale of the garage and inviting the public to experience the drama of Rudolph’s spaces. The addition is planned according to Rudolph’s structural grid, making it feel like it grows organically from his design. There is nothing looming or out of place here: hotel tower is ethereal glass, offering a respectful contrast with Rudolph’s garage.