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t. joseph surjan

t. joseph surjan

Chicago, IL, US

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board 01- four storeys of matter
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the Prentice & the Pauper ( Chicago Architectural Club : 2012 Chicago Prize Competition )

The following is C_UP's entry for the Chicago Architectural Club : 2012 Chicago Prize Competition.

C_UP :
T. Joseph Surjan, founding chair, project designer
S. Hjelte Fumanelli, project architect & digital modeling
John F. Perrine, digital rendering

FUTURE PRENTICE is a is a single-stage international design ideas competition intended to act as a platform for public debate about the future of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant Modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.

C_UP's position for the project is one of preservation, NOT restoration...in other words, what can be repurposed in the existing Goldberg building to extend life-span of this ICONIC Chicago structure.

the Prentice & the Pauper -( Goldberg Storytelling Center )

Storytelling is a form of talk therapy.

As in Mark Twain's well known story, the newly constructed tale of the Prentice & the Pauper physically links two unacquainted characters. The relationship between the Prentice & the Pauper reveals a cyclical life lesson applied in the present day context of Chicago. Can the engineering marvel of the Prentice and its historic position be retold to a new generation by the Pauper; via the introduction of a common architectural element? In this new tale, the Prentice plays herself, and the role of the Pauper is performed by a civil servant known as Staircase.

The life lesson of the Prentice & the Pauper is a simple one...

A city is a story, & every story is a city.

Everyone has a story.

Stories adapt & change over time as a direct link to the storyteller.

Storytelling is a disappearing art form.

The FUTURE PRENTICE will elevate everyone to tell their stories.

The Goldberg Storytelling Center provides a platform for expression.

A staircase elevates everyone.

 

FUTURE PRENTICE design process builds FOUR Storeys of Matter.

Solid Storey = Static condition

Ground plane lacking any space for public use. Podium building conceals poured in place concrete marvel.

Liquid Storey = Non-equilibrium condition

Remove Podium building’s curtain wall & floor slabs. Bed tower made into a one storey auditorium spaces.

Gas Storey = Equilibrium condition

Water basin is symbolic storytelling archive. Staircase plinth creates a cantilevered landscape.

Plasma Storey = Public condition

Floating Garden delivers natural light to all four storeys.

FUTURE PRENTICE creates a platform for people to gather.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Chicago, Illinois
My Role: designer

 
board 02- staircase plinth
board 02- staircase plinth
board 03 - precast concrete components
board 03 - precast concrete components
board 04 - four scales
board 04 - four scales
Prentice with plinth building removed, existing columns remain.
Prentice with plinth building removed, existing columns remain.
Pauper with stone forest supporting new auditoriums.
Pauper with stone forest supporting new auditoriums.
south staircase act as bleacher seating.
south staircase act as bleacher seating.
stone forest floating above staircase plinth.
stone forest floating above staircase plinth.
rooftop with four outdoor auditoriums.
rooftop with four outdoor auditoriums.
new auditoriums allow paupers to tell their stories.
new auditoriums allow paupers to tell their stories.
Goldberg storytelling center is a public platform.
Goldberg storytelling center is a public platform.
A staircase elevates everyone.
A staircase elevates everyone.

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