Kielder Crash Site
Early in our design process we looked to the method of orthographic projection in map making, especially in those unconventional techniques used to map heavenly bodies. These methods of unfolding the universe became formal metaphors for an unfolding of the hemispheres. The sphere has no ground plane, it exists independent of up or down, and it is only through the most violent means that it can be reimagined as a terrestrial object. This project examines a crash landing as metaphor for perhaps the most violent method of unfolding. The crash site leaves shards embedded in the earth, each remnant a ghost of the whole as they trace in their arrangement the trajectory of impact and excavation leading to new inhabitation. The new program elements are distributed along the site perpendicular to the slope and accessed via a system of trenches that connect each building back up to the existing observatory.
High Density Urban Order
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
London’s skyline can be thought of as a collage city – where the unique individuality of each tower prevents it from engaging with the urban scale of its surroundings. This divergent urban order is neither unique to London nor a condition that will diminish without careful and direct intervention. This project seeks to address this collage condition by creating a complex that is at once individual and collective as a field of pencil towers blending seamlessly between one another – creating a new and iconic urban order as an archetype for London’s continued growth.
The project is organized into four main components: a high-density tower, a mid-rise neighborhood, a train station that bridges between the two, and a park landscape that mediates between the existing viaduct and the various access points throughout the site. The blending of four distinct architectural typologies addresses a diversity of urban functions, from living, working, recreation, and transportation. Respectful of its greater surroundings, this proposal creates a distinct sense of place in the city of London, a significant contribution to her public realm for pedestrians and city alike.