Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
The primary focus of the post-FAT studio is exploring characteristics of lines - a primary element of architectural creation. It is an investigation of how to accommodate the maximum number of things amongst the minimum number of lines. The project explores how lines can generate different textures and how they are capable of defining boundaries of program and space, influencing one’s experience of the objects that inhabit them.
Sited on the chaotic streetscape of Rye Lane in Peckham, London, the program is a place of commercial and cultural exchange: a curious mash-up of an art gallery wrapped around a market place. What happens when the walls of a typical white box museum become transparent? The juxtaposition between these two seemingly opposing environments begin to draw parallels between the art and the merchandise, as well as introduce reversals in how objects are typically displayed.
The architecture is generated by a relentless column grid (B) superimposed onto the grid (A) produced by the irregular shape of the site. At the center is a market place surrounding a garden occupying Grid A with the boundaries of the booths delineated by the texture on the ground.
At the corners of the market place are four pavilions, where the program between market place and art gallery on the outer perimeter are blurred - can I really buy seafood in the Lobster Pavilion? Is the fishing net a functional tool or a work of art?
These pavilions and the art gallery occupy Grid B, where spaces are defined by textures on the glass walls. As one walks through linear gallery, layer upon layer of textures at times reveal and at times obscure the spaces, objects, and people in the adjacent rooms. Thus market and gallery seep into one another, creating new and interesting forms of commercial and cultural exchange.
An Exhibit for Seahorses
This project explores ornament’s relationship with darkness, combining the deep crevices found in gothic portals with the fluid intensity of Rococo design within an environment that necessitates controlled darkness. In an aquarium exhibit, the light from behind the glass of the tanks penetrates the darkness of the hall. The ornament surrounding the tank enhances the glowing light of the tank by generating its own darkness in the enclosure. A dialogue between ornament and exhibit is generated from simulating creatures inside the tank. Syngnathidae, the family of fish including seahorses and their close relatives, have the unique capability of blending in with its surroundings. The flexibility of the animal’s body is due to the shape of the spiral already embedded into its anatomic structure, generating incredible variety since the animals can hide in or curl around nearly any organic form. There are at least eighteen animals hidden in the drawing. Try to find them all!