This project appropriates the circulation strategy of the Salk Institute to organize the distilled domestic needs of an individual. The circulation ascends around the programmatic space and serves as the active agent of compression and release. This approach organizes minimal space to compress and release the body, where requisite programming is compacted to create open spaces. This project seeks to explore temporality and permanence by rendering the durable material of concrete in varying state of decay or disruption. The object creates for itself an enigmatic origin that lends it an air of mystery.
Architectural Design: First Year Project 3
This project proposes an evolution of a building type threatened by extinction in the digital age. While traditionally the library functioned as a repository, the future library must become a place of communal activity that provides a multiplicity of experiences and education. The exterior articulates an angular landscape, inviting play and athletic activity. The interior is a series of interconnected library volumes, envisioned as a mutation of the Beaux Arts library ideal. Figural poche mediates the difference between faceted exterior and orthogonal interior, as well as establishes a third architectural force. The poche provides secluded spaces and houses library services as well as breaks to connect the athletic exterior and academic interior, prompting a mix of program and activities.