A detail drawing of the connection and composition of the main structural member that supports the roof of the CESM Soccer Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Saucier + Perrotte Architects. The member is comprises of three units of built up glu-lam and CLT segments that are attached by a series of steel plates and and connectors.
This installation combined 52 wooden 2x4 studs into a complex tectonic surface. The structure uses the 2x4 as a cheap, easily accessible module, but subverts its common use by kerfing the wood to allow the members to curve and undulate. The geometry of the wall is dictated by the 1ft minimum radius permitted by the double sided kerf, which provides the structure with stability and moments of transparency.
This exercise explored the relationship between Architecture (excess) and means of architectural representation. It attempted to condense an entire set of construction instructions into a single text message and, in turn, limited itself to very strict rules and eliminated any qualitative value within the dwelling. The text message was passed on to three unknowing parties who were able to interpret the instructions almost perfectly. Conclusion: spend time and effort on instructional representation, unless boring utility is the goal.
The house design seeks to make a case for an affordable housing strategy that is already extremely prevalent in many other cultures and is increasingly popular in our own – Multi-Generational Living. An organization strategy was developed that creates three distinct levels of autonomy for the individual private spaces of the home but simultaneously uses common programming to emphasize the communal areas. The form of the house is developed directly from a combination of these planning moves and the existing housing stock/typology of the neighborhood.
A Space for Learning
Rather than design housing for a collection of objects, the project uses the basic principles of optics to make a transformative space through the social exchange of knowledge. In response to the lack of definition of site, this project seeks to abstract the most fundamental elements of Architecture and representation. Through the projection of a Cartesian grid onto a surface within a vertical field, the ability to distinguish between column, wall, and roof is diminished. The system’s woven quality produces the ghost of a figure that is at once occupiable and ambiguous.The distinction between figure and ground is blurred. The phantom of the internal figure disappears and reappears, while vertical members appear to change their profile.