Despite Lafayette’s unique social culture, the city lacks a strong urban environment largely due to its disengagement with pedestrians. Downtown is filled with vacant buildings that could not survive the lack of pedestrian support. Thus, the urban fabric of downtown Lafayette needs a fresh dynamic energy on a daily basis, particularly on the corner of Jefferson Street and Main Street to attract urban traffic.
This project explores kinetic architecture that draws people into a building which changes daily and even hourly based on the communication between interior residents or customers and exterior pedestrians. The building opens up strategically to the rest of downtown as the building shifts and moves and as the programs within the building change based on the daily, nightly or cultural events taking place.
Status: School Project
My Role: Project Designer