This project was a school project that had a program involving design a cultural art center in Downtown Detroit. An office and residential building were to be taken into account for urban planning, but only full development of the galleries was commissioned.
When designing the building, the underlying concept in each decision was the experience. The broad idea included the experience from the site to the building, the building to the galleries and each gallery to the other. Each experience was to have a unique, nonrepetitive feeling. This was achieving by allowing the site energy to influence the experience within the building, ensuring that while the conditions on the exterior are always changing, they will in turn create a new and changing atmosphere on the inside. The time of day, lighting, and traffic all influence the perception within the gallery space. Also, each gallery space was designed to have a unique feel. Through individual floor plates that rise and fall, each cultural has its own interior identity. These floor plates were connected through a series on long ramps, allowing the occupant to fully disengage from one cultural exhibit before being introduced to and reengaging in another.
Status: School Project
Location: Detroit, MI