The building was conceived with the idea of three symmetrical steel tubes marking the major program elements. These tree tubes are interlocked with concrete walls that act as a chassis holding the steel structure and skin. These walls support the building and also break up the symmetry, shifting the spaces in the building.
The mechanical systems and circulation are integrated into this wall exposing it to the urban environment outside, keeping the space inside pure. From the walls and steel structure grows and becomes an extension of the concrete. The steel structure forms a modular unit helping to determine the organization of the plan. The façade with the concrete wall reflects the interior along with the motion and movement of the spaces adjacent to the concrete walls.
The exterior curtain of glass is operable and allows views into the space along with sounds of the street and natural ventilation to penetrate into the building.
The interior spaces are unique, each one having it’s own spatial qualities. These spaces are linked by the track that frames the pool below. The observation deck is also integrated into a link that unifies both sides and becomes a space where every function of the building can be viewed.
Status: School Project
Location: Bethesda, MD, US
My Role: Project Designer