The New Barbican Concert Hall
The Barbican Centre is an iconic masterpiece of British Brutalist architecture which has acquired a notorious reputation for its innate qualities as a fortification: it is a thick, impenetrable poche in the midst of a porous medieval street structure. To tackle the issues of physical, visual and aesthetic access, my proposal excises an existing part of the Barbican Centre to make room for a plaza that grants direct passage into the infamous compound.
The New Barbican Concert Hall building sits adjoining the plaza, partially hovering over it to amplify the urban gesture. The performance space is housed within this exterior form as a nested object that is pulled away from the staggered interior spaces to create a network of dynamic canyon-like foyers. The concert hall is designed as a series of tiered seating sections which vertically shear past one another to construct dynamic viewing experiences as well as to create an acoustically heightened performance space.
Tall Buildings: MoMA Expansion Tower
The challenge for my individual project was to create a skyscraper that houses the Museum of Modern Art expansion galleries, corporate art galleries, artist studios, office space, residential space and various amenities along with an underground car park. The skyscraper is divided into three programmatic strata: rentable office space with corporate art galleries at the base, MOMA expansion galleries in the middle and residential space with artist lofts at the top. The pivot of the design comes in the core layout, which has been sized and configured in accordance to the programmatic adjacencies of the floors.
Super! Expo Urbanism
This proposal for Beijing urbanizes the expo through a highway-infill strategy that connects the existing fabric with a distributed architecture of variously scaled displays, small shops, workshops and walkable streets. A flexible city, Super! takes advantage of the existing Beijing South Railway Station as a link for regional and national travel suggesting its surroundings as an ideal location for expo facilities that enable both large and small scale gatherings and display. The proposal juxtaposes a variety of scales that have often been separated into discrete entities maintaining little relationship with their context. Through a dense network of tree-lined streets, granular block structure and the blending of seemingly disparate scales of use, Super! argues for the viability of the expo as a diverse and lively urban fabric. The combination of exhibition facilities, shops, residential towers, conference workshops and loft spaces throughout the district reframes commercial activity in Beijing by connecting production, marketing and consumption in a synthetic entangling of uses typically kept separated. By breaking them into workable pieces of urbanism through a variety of scales, the expo’s typical footprint is fractured to produce a series of lively urban spaces in-between that invigorate the district during off-times and takes advantage of temporary visitors.