The project’s concentration is is set to the development of formal affect on the facades and its responsability to the varying light requirements of a hybrid program accommodating a library and gallery space alike. Studies on the the French structural rationalists engender a fenestration logic embossed on to the skin that produce a network of emergent tissues. This emerging network of spidery framing allude to Guimard’s metro stations in Paris. Attempting to remain within the Le Duc, Guimard, Gaudi formal lineage, gothic overtones were applied in the forming of the hierarchical openings used as the library’s threshold. At the macro scale, the positioning of the building dictates the the focal point of the envelope. Gaudi’s Casa Mila is a shock wave of undulating balconies lacking an epicenter. For this reason the corner of the building is employed as the generator of the overall formal logic, using pronounced pointed gothic-like openings. All other openings are resonators of this figural move.
The foiled requirements in lighting engender a programatic composition that features a volume within a surface. The envelope of the building is a surface to which none of the program adheres to literally. Instead their relationship is phenomenal in that the oscillations on the surface affect the form of the offset programatic volumes within. Areas of the program in which natural lighting is desirable are set outside of the internal volume exposed to the light piercing the through the fenestration system. This organization generates a floating sensation as the multilevel chasms break the floor plan.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US