The project for the district of South of Market (SoMa) proposes work and live spaces that prioritize shared space. The ground level comprises a loose work space, and caters to the workaholic culture that exists in the tech industry dominant in this area. Above, communal housing offers an array of unscripted units and generous opportunity for repose and shared activity. Deploying an ethos of the collective within both the working and living environment, the project challenges traditional notions of domestic space.
School of Architecture for Penn Design
The University Of Pennsylvania School Of Architecture projects its identity from the exterior. Autonomous in its spherical volume, it is fundamentally confined and presents fortitude and speculation in its totality. Anchored by three cores, the building rises from a reflective study grotto at its base to a domed grand library at its apex. A single focal point within the centrifugal void organizes the building-- the review space. A tripartite review platform operates mechanically between studio floors to allow for a dynamic educational experience. For a larger review or event, the platform joins as one plane and transforms the atrium into an auditorium. Studio and classroom spaces radiate around this activated center and are also wrapped by outdoor terraces for individual contemplation or gathering. The pure and simple geometry of the building allows for both uniform and diverse spaces as well as discrete and continuous spaces for a variety of pedagogical events.
Visualization III: Wiggle Wall
We were interested in testing paper as a material by transforming the way it behaves and generating three dimensional forms out of the two dimensional, conventional material. For the site, we chose the drawing studio courtyard which had a concrete wall bisecting the space. By repeating these panels we created a wall which enclosed an existing space within the courtyard. By varying the degree of the porosity in the panels, we able to manipulate the light conditions and transform what was once a neglected space into a sacred and private space.