Sears Block Study

This planning study reimagines what the large former Sears Department Store site, on the edge of downtown Salt Lake City, could become. The design considers a mixture of uses including various housing types, office, retail, and a multistory hotel. The plan contains two primary pedestrian circulation loops into the midblock activity center with retail and restaurant amenities. The building development is lowest at the perimeter and builds in height towards the center, creating the potential for good solar access, views, and a porous pedestrian interface. The rooftop amenities provide for engagement of the users within the larger city, and provide viewing opportunities to the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges.