Architectural Design: First Year
Programmatic elements of this building are not distinct from each other, they are related and interlocked. Each penetrates into the other without residual space- the library is a fastened joint. A wedge is used as an architectural device that is mirrored and reiterated throughout the entire design; it can be seen at multiple scales. The neighborhood enters the building by wedging into its base and sliding beneath it. Two main functions of the space, studying and reading, cascade against and underneath each other to create the dynamic interior. The building’s skin distorts its monumentality and brings humility to the streetscape. Along the sidewalk, the building engages with passersby and provides an outdoor living room- seating that wedges into the base of the building and introduces a human scale to the façade.