School of Architecture for Penn Design
This project is about the layering of three different architectural languages to produce a productive conceptual, programmatic, and experiential feedback. The street level is a “world of poché” dedicated to excavation and specificity. This is revealed through the process of discovery. The ground level is dedicated to openness, serenity, and exchange. This is inspired by the modernist language of large, universal space and is conceived as a continuation of the campus quad. The third level is dedicated to porosity and carving. Here, the articulation of the specific character for rooms is in dialogue with their intended uses. The carving process invites light to travels through the bottom two levels.
Architectural Design: Higher Ground
The idea of the project is to uncover the artefacts of the past and link them with the present conditions. The aggregation of varying morphological layers is a fictional reconstruction of the artefacts, evoking the character of the site that was once used for industrial purposes. A major component of the project is to revitalize the water wheel that was once used a power generator into a water clock that functionally and symbolically serves as a teaching tool. The new museum proposal is a skeletal reflection of the existing Eli Whitney Museum, constructing a dialogue between the vernacular method of pole barn construction. The layers reveal the distinction between man-made and natural and old and new, while the notational language of representation serves to suggest continual relationship between landscape, structure, and skin.