School of Architecture for Penn Design
This project is about in-between space. A school of Architecture on such a large university campus must cater to the specific spatial needs of architecture students, but it must also invite and inspire collaboration with students from other schools and departments within the University. This establishes the basic diagram for the project: a large central core of open studio space with other program (administrative offices, classrooms, auditoriums, and computer labs) pushed to volumes around the periphery that flex in response to the campus context. The void space created between the studio and outer volumes serves as the connective tissue of the building, as students and faculty must pass through it to move between the other programs. The multi-story interstitial zone hosts vertical circulation and informal break-out spaces for lounging, collaboration, and pin-ups.
Game I: Developing New Haven
The site includes two eighteen-story residential towers that are bridged by a ground floor lobby and entry space. The towers are positioned such that the distance between them allows sunlight to filter into both buildings and their orientation creates privacy by ensuring that residents’ views are not directed towards one another’s residence. The two towers also offer different views for different units. The roof of the lobby allows a private garden terrace for residents.
There are two types of residential units: micro-units and lofts. Both unit types are prefabricated off-site, which reduces construction cost and time significantly. The project has 12,560 square feet of rentable retail space. The retailers represent significant market opportunities, since similar services do not currently exist near the site. They also cater to the student and young professional population.
Visualization III: Hole to the Sky
The site for the installation was the void between the outdoor stair and penthouse on the upper-most terrace of Rudolph Hall. Using the striations of the corduroy concrete as a datum for porosity, we suggested enclosure of the space using surfaces comprised of plywood ribs, articulated with a subtle undulation that was reinforced by the mirror placed on the ground. The result, whether perceived from within the space or above, was the illusion of an infinite void, where the distinction between the sky and the ground was blurred.