Harlem Mart 125
This study, part of a series from Project One- Form and Assembly, used regulating proportions and subtractive operations to explore the relationship between original and perceived geometries. Three whole cubes, placed in a line, formed the starting point for the series; this final study used regulating lines and subtractive processes to manipulate the original cubes, blurring the boundaries between them while creating the suggestion of an altogether different geometric base.
School of Architecture for Penn Design
Situated on a prominent corner of campus, Penn Design draws from ideas of pedagogy and site context to organize form and program. An overarching parallelogram plan allows the school to hold a façade both on the urban street and on the campus quad. This creates a courtyard that frames the existing library and maximizes Penn Design’s exposure to the major pedestrian thoroughfare that cuts a diagonal through the site. The building embodies the idea of “path,” scaling from large, interdisciplinary campus connections down to the individual in transit. A corrugated façade directs views and mitigates sun as one travels through the school. Alternating full and half floor plates create a series of single, double, and triple-height spaces, which establish visual connections between some programs and maintain privacy for others. Designed to serve as a hub on campus that attracts interdisciplinary, collaborative work, Penn Design creates academic and urban connections at a variety of scales.
Visualization III: Hole to the Sky
The site for the installation was the void between the outdoor stair and penthouse on the upper-most terrace of Rudolph Hall. Using the striations of the corduroy concrete as a datum for porosity, we suggested enclosure of the space using surfaces comprised of plywood ribs, articulated with a subtle undulation that was reinforced by the mirror placed on the ground. The result, whether perceived from within the space or above, was the illusion of an infinite void, where the distinction between the sky and the ground was blurred.