This project address the commuter campus by creating a linear connection from the parking garage to the pedestrian campus. The ground floor is made up of entirely of public (to the university) programs, allowing the building to act as a continuation of the campus. This floor is back loaded with closed programs that have controlled views to garden spaces. This leaves the front with open programs that have views to the existing pond. The studio spaces above are housed in an inwardly-focused linear bar that wraps above. The conceptual front is a faceted surface that articulates a zone of stairs and crit spaces. The outer edge of the space is sky lit; the structure divides the continuous space into zones that articulate the individual studios. While the front and back edges of the studio space are rigid, the side edges are malleable, allowing for flexibility as the school grows and adapts.
This installation combined 52 wooden 2x4 studs into a complex tectonic surface. The structure uses the 2x4 as a cheap, easily accessible module, but subverts its common use by kerfing the wood to allow the members to curve and undulate. The geometry of the wall is dictated by the 1ft minimum radius permitted by the double sided kerf, which provides the structure with stability and moments of transparency.
Architectural Design: First Year
This project is a study for a collector of maps. The space used for storage and studying is defined by a boundary condition representative of the nature of maps. An original rectangular volume is divided in two in order to house maps of contradictory border locations. The two volumes rotate away from one another in both plan and section to represent two different ideas about the border. The wall one enters through into the spaces, remains in its original placement to clearly show the movement. This wall is thickened by the rotation of the volumes and this thickness is used for entry and storage, allowing the volumes to be used for the drawing and studying of maps. The floor plates recede from the edge to allow a slight visual connection between the two spaces, while still blocking view of the other maps. The design is an investigation of political nature of maps.