A Hedonistic House
This single family home is two distinctly different houses in one, both sharing the same suite of bedrooms. At the center of this house is the bedroom. Housing must necessarily include a place to sleep, and that very space tends to be the room most sheltered from the climate. In this project, the bedrooms are grouped together into one conditioned bar that then shapes the rest of the house. The bar shades the spaces below from the sun, and lifts the spaces above it towards the sky and the views. The spaces above and below are the more public and social spaces of the home and mirror each other in plan. Everything that exists above the bedrooms exists below, only inverted and offering a different way to experience the current weather.
This house adapts to the climate by offering different ways of experiencing it. While most houses offer inside or outside, sheltered or exposed, a binary limited by the time of year, the home is adaptable to the seasons. Throughout the year, it is both warm and cool, shaded and sunlit, formal and casual; at once a space of activity and relaxation. The aim of the design is resist limiting the way you can experience nature, but also offer new inventive ways to inhabit a home.
Advanced Design Studio: Williams/Tsien
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
Two separate worlds- one lifted towards and open to the sky, and one embedded into and rooted to the earth- are linked through light and water.
Set above everyday life, a serene volume devoted to higher learning consists of serialized programmatic spaces, arranged around courtyards, fostering a communal and introspective academic setting. Each space provides specialized ways to work and study in various fields pertaining to the Andean culture, thus creating a modern cabinet of curiosities based on the country’s history. Open to above, the spaces get light and views from the sky. Sealed off from the city around, only the courtyards open to the surroundings remind the scholars of their purpose.
The ground level seamlessly integrates into the city fabric, creating a new public garden plaza protected and shaped by the upper world. Light and rain pour down through choreographed voids above to create moments of brightness and downpour feeding the pools and gardens that weave their way throughout the public promenade. At once a public plaza and a gallery, a curated selection of new works and historical objects are housed in the walls and vitrines that both support the world above and bring light down, illuminating the articles on display.
Intercontinental Ice Plaza Hotel
The Vienna Skating Club has long been part of Viennese society, and what was once held up as a spectacle and heralded for its ability to bring people together in communal activity has become suppressed and hidden behind closed walls. The current ice rinks found in Vienna are in a social black-hole abutting the Intercontinental Hotel and the Vienna Konzerthaus but engaging neither and remaining hidden from the street. This project sets out to reimagine the ice-skating rink as seamlessly integrated into the public realm. It refigures the site as one large sheet of ice that is both visibly and physically accessible to everyone. Much like the Dutch Painter Hendrick Avercamp’s paintings depict, society would occur on the ice blurring the distinction between plaza and ice rink. This new free space allows for a programmatic mixing that brings a multitude of different groups together inhabiting a frozen tabula rasa.
The Colonial Common was a space of everyday interaction, a place where the layers of the city could overlap—it was a place of montage. From an urban standpoint, Boston is made up of figural green spaces that are connected into networks of public spaces. Cambridge, however, lacks such a central space as the old common has been subsumed by Harvard University. Central square—the new center of Cambridge and the intersection of three major arterial roads—is the ideal place for a new kind of public space, a new common. The overlap of people, nature, cars, shopping, and social gathering creates a synthetic environment. It is a place of the everyday. A new park that splits Mass ave into two one way streets, pulling it apart to make space for the park and pull it into the community. New development, in the form of linear towers hovering over the plinths of the parkscape, reinforce the edge of the park and give the new common a clear edge and definitive reading as a new central space for Cambridge.