Diptych as Building
Our project creates an architectural diptych by correcting the structure of the old Palazzo Rucellai and reproducing it in an ‘ideal’ rationalized form. While the existing façade is incomplete, an early drawing shows Alberti’s ideal proposal as a symmetrical five bay composition (AABAA). Our project mirrors this to create a three bay extension (BAA) to the palazzo that overlaps the two residual bays of the unfinished façade. In between the two parts is the ‘hinge’ that manifests itself as an internal stair both dividing and uniting the overall composition. The hinge is revealed in the street elevation by removing the stonework of the fifth bay. This duly maintains the incomplete state of Alberti’s façade and subsumes it in the architectural diptych.
There are multiple dialectical relationships between the two sides of the diptych, the genesis of which is a reaction to Alberti’s trompe l’oeil façade. The flattened classical trabeation is abstracted and extruded to form an open modern post and beam system. This realizes the implied deep space collapsed within the old façade and expands it into the building.
Home is a Four Letter Word
This project develops a new collective housing prototype for the corner lots of Divisadero Street. These lots are frequently the most visible, irregularly subdivided and spatially underutilized sites. Our project reclaims these sites to provide a network of public spaces in the form of common central rooms with outlying residences and common facilities. These rooms provide dedicated space needed for living together. A place for discussion to gather, organize and exchange. The prototype aims to address the need for shared civic space both at the scale of the domestic interior and that of the city.
A Socio-Ecological Amenity for the American River Parkway
with John Shively, Pamela Soto
While searching for an opportunity to improve the American River Parkway through designed experiments, we focused on addressing three major issues: soil and habitat restoration and disturbance, programmatic use, and species diversity. The resulting designed experiment proposal seeks to enhance public recreation while also supporting ecological restoration efforts.
The project creates a series of habitat “patches” located within the “open” and “closed” ARP landscapes of grassland/savannah and riparian forest/scrub. The patches contain planting plots encircled by coloured fence poles to identify the experiment in the existing vegetation. Accessible plots acting as native gardens are located along the existing parkway bike path allowing for public interaction and educational opportunities. Exclosure plots are located off the bike path but within view for comparative analysis. The plots are to be planted and enclosed with deer fencing at staggered intervals to reveal successional stages of growth. The experiment tests the impacts of herbivores and human recreation on the landscape’s capacity for ecological regeneration.