Mark Robert Tumiski
Domestic Transit Hub and Urban Bridge
Vatnsmyri District, Reykjavik, Iceland
This upgrade to Reykjavik’s controversial domestic airport enables arrival in the heart of the city while reuniting its north and south districts across the main arterial road--establishing a civic gateway linking urban and rural Iceland. The building design is a product of the urban and detail scales; my curtain wall proposal aims to capture and reflect the constantly changing colors of the arctic sky while utilizing the hovering roadway to reflect light into the sunken concourse. Vehicles, pedestrians and programs are braided together in plan and section, maximizing adjacencies and disrupting the linearity of the bar.
Prototype for a casual chair in maple
This design reflects a desire to push the limits of wooden furniture by exaggerating lightness and plasticity in the form and structure. In both perception and reality, the chair toys with the interplay between material formation and assembly, the illusion of continuous lines and surfaces interrupted by the materiality of the maple grain and the subtle registration of each joint. Precision and flexibility coexist in the combined processes of CNC milling, steam-bending, and hand-chiseled joinery, leaving a necessary margin of error in the final assembly.
Systems Integration and Development in Design
The headquarters building for CASIS studied was conceived as an exploration of angled sectional voids piercing through colossal concrete volumes, encouraging visitors to experience surreal, oblique spaces while considering the company's work beyond Earth. In making these conceptual moves a reality, the largest challenge was developing a cohesive structural model that could support the multiple, massive cantilever volumes while maintaining the open interior spaces. The solution combines several multi-story steel trusses and framing with monumental concrete shear walls, creating a hybrid system that preserves the original clarity of the design. The mechanical systems were easier to incorporate, as most move vertically through the building in shafts along the shear walls. In the central important atrium space, the industrial aesthetic is celebrated as exposed circular ducts run parallel with inclined elevators.
The main lobby space was itself a unique challenge due to its scale, angles, and surface treatments, and figured out primarily through a detailed wall section. One side is clad in a large-span curtain wall system supported by a series of perpendicular glass fins and structural cables. The other three faces feature a greebel treatment that introduces a new perception of scale within the space, juxtaposing hundreds of small rectangular boxes of varying depths (created by panels of folded metal) with a vertical span of over 100 feet. The greebel panels act as a functional rain screen and the building's aesthetic exclamation point; lobby spaces behind the enormous curtain wall and deep windowsills buried within the inner concrete walls offer views into a dazzling canyon of reflected light and dizzying scale.
Our project takes on two of the major issues facing Coney Island in the near future; one of rising sea levels and increasingly damaging storm surge, and one of rising median age. In order to address Coney’s infrastructural and demographic vulnerabilities, we utilized the berm as a traversable, protective barrier. The berms go beyond a mere act of preservation to serve as a catalyst for new development through the intensification of Coney Island’s many unique neighborhood enclaves as urban islands. By formalizing existing, yet invisible, boundaries, we create three distinct zones—the inner enclave, the berm, and resulting interstitial land. As we evacuate the low lying areas outside of the berm system, the interiors begin to densify, eventually forming richer urban environments and unique destinations for the greater region. In response, the berm surface and sacrificial zones consolidate programs that can endure and thrive despite environmental changes. As one continuous network of open space, the interstitial fabric both reacts to each enclave’s identity and unites Coney as a whole.