Advanced Design Studio: Sanders
Using the international Guggenheim Helsinki competition as a point of departure, this scheme overlays the critical programs of the museum onto existing paths of movement and systems of infrastructure in and around the harbor, creating new public spaces and improving connectivity between the primary city promenade to the north and the distant infrastructure to the south. By submerging the programs of the new museum into infrastructure already crossing the proposed site, a programmatic hybridization is generated from which both infrastructure and museum benefit. Daily transit routines from the ferry terminal are ameliorated with the intervention of public spaces and art displays, and the museum typology is enhanced and reinvigorated through increased activity from a wider range of visitors. This new hybrid typology generates an iconic museum specifically appropriate to Helsinki, offering an opportunity for the Guggenheim institution to reinvent its reputation. Rather than creating iconicity through the placement of a foreign architectural object, the scheme aims to create an iconic museum experience integrated with the city’s infrastructure.
Studies in Light and Materials
Developed around Plexiglas’s optical qualities of simultaneous reflectivity and transparency, this window installation improves the space in which it sits by transforming a quotidian beam of sunlight into a brilliant and dynamic radial display. A series of calibrated Plexiglas fins are oriented to redirect rays of sunlight while simultaneously preserving the original view through the window. The patterns of reflected light constantly change with the moving sunlight, washing a variety of radial patterns and ruled surfaces onto the adjacent wall.
Material Formation in Design
This experiment explores multiple layers of information held within a single surface, generating an artifact with the history of its own formation process evident in the final object.
The process preserves the original while allowing the creation of multiple custom cast pieces through a single thermoformed mold.