San Francisco is a well-established cultural landmark in the United States, and its geographical features are conducive to the development of three new species. The site itself is one that exists on several edges: city, park, and beach. These sectors are to become the habitats that Jansen hopes for his creatures to explore. The biological make-up of the creatures are to reflect these areas. These sectors are composed around the site by intersections that occur between Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, and the urban fabric of the Sunset district. The atelier itself will foster development in these three sectors by channelling the focus of three residents to a specific region. The development is experimental and occurs through the rigorous investigation of place and an understanding of the interrelationships of man, his environment, and the developed creatures, which ultimately affects the genetic make-up of the beasts. The dichotomy of the coexistence of man and his creations is excitingly compelling, and is left to the fourth resident of the Atelier who is concerned with this, as well as many analytic processes relative to the development of the creatures.
The project responds to these three conditions formally, as the force of each augments the building. Programmatic layout biomimics the birthing process and is vertically stratified. Once the creatures have been skeletally developed and their motor skills refined, they proceed to the release chamber where they are held until release. Upon release they are directed toward their respected environments by the fourth apprentice while Jansen watches from one of three perches above. The habitat-type specific to the creature dictates the point of departure from the facility and whether they take the tunnel to the beach, bridge to the park, or the path to the city.
Status: School Project
Location: San Francisco, CA, US