Shayari de Silva
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.
Architectural Design: Under Pressure
The inherent geometry of the 'site', which is twice as long as it is wide, was used as a starting point, with triangulated folds made along the sides to the midpoints of their diagonals. These folds create both an exterior slope and an interior space, where in each space the occupant is made aware of the other through a system of perforations. These perforations condition the entry of light and sound from interior to exterior and vice versa, and subtle changes in scale of the apertures accommodate a range of activity.