Advanced Design Studio: Lynn
There is something inherently compelling about seeing parts become a whole during the manufacturing process. The culture of conspicuous consumption was created by the very process of observing and being in the shopping arcade or mall. The proposed project for a motor vehicle factory works under the notion that the new culture of conspicuous consumption arises from objectifying and demystifying the production process.
Motorcycles and scooters are social objects that inspire people to connect around a common passion. Motorbike enthusiasts have long congregated in informal spaces at a variety of scales, from public parking lots to the family garage. This new urban factory proposes to organize manufacturing functions, retail spaces, and maintenance facilities around a large central space so motorcycle and scooter fans can experience the manufacturing process while also providing a new type of informal space.
The large central void in the factory acts as a contemporary arcade and makes a spectacle of the retail and manufactory space. The canyon-like space is defined by sculpted walls and apertures that create a series of views. In addition to enlivening the main void, the views are arranged to allow a series of framed and layered peeks into the process. Motorcyclists visiting the building experience the factory by riding parallel to parts moving along the factory floor. The ground plane articulates where bikers, pedestrians and automated factory carts are meant to move as well as congregate.
Timber Market Hall
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
This Timber Market Hall uses contemporary timber manufacturing technologies to express wood as a monolithic material. The structural assembly system is a series of large cantilevering box beams made of laminated timber trusses and cross-laminated timber panels. This allows for a thickened plan of deep wooden coffers supported on a field of hollow timber pylons. This material expression proposes a new vision for urban wood buildings in contrast with the typical use of wood in stick frame construction.
The Market Hall creates a large new public space that connects the Fairhaven Neighborhood to the waterfront and to the Timber Innovation District. The open plan of the first floor creates an uninterrupted connection from the Market Hall to the waterfront and allows for views of the Mill River Bridge and power plant. The second level is a grocery store accessed by a landscape stair that provides bleachers for the existing soccer field. Above this there is a housing tower containing apartments which open onto the roof garden and provide the residents with exterior yards for gardening and private recreation. A series of clerestory windows are set in the roof garden planting beds, allowing light to penetrate down to the market hall below.
Chapel St. Fire Stair
This project heightens one's experience of the Paul Rudolph stairwell by both contrasting and emphasizing the existing characteristics of the space. The step runs are irregular and the stair defies gravity through the brute force of monolithic concrete walls. This installation creates an ephemeral continuous shaft which contrasts with the materiality of the structure and the uneven cadence of the steps. Its light and airy structure is constructed out of layers of trace paper which demonstrate the effects of gravity as they stretch towards the ground. The installation reacts to these gravitational forces by displaying more structure at the top, where the tensile forces are the greatest. It was produced through a rapid digital fabrication technique in which stacks of trace paper were glued together and cut on the laser cutter. These parts were glued together and then unfurled to fill the open core of the stairwell.
Atomized Courtyard House
This prototype divides the sliver lot into a series of outdoor courtyards and indoor rooms. The courtyards vary in size depending on the needs of the adjacent rooms. Windows of each room face the courtyards allowing the walls facing the neighbors to be solid. This provides privacy that would otherwise be hard to achieve on such a narrow lot while still allowing light and air into each room. These prototypical design strategies can be adapted to the constraints of differing sliver lots and to the needs of the client.