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Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Privately Owned Public Spaces (P.O.P.S.) - Downtown Manhattan

The site is Chase Manhattan Plaza in the Financial District of Manhattan. Of interest is the public art in the plaza, the J.P. Morgan/Armani Casa commercial and residential tower, and the Chase Manhattan Building housing business offices as well as a world-class art collection. The premise of the project is to take over the mid-levels of the two towers in order to join the two cultures - business and residential - as well as to introduce the institution of the art museum. The impetus for the project is the growing availability of space in the emptying business towers of the district as well as the opportunity to use the space offered through elevator configurations of the mid-levels.

The studio focused strongly on a prescribed analysis and design methodology. Site analysis was done as a lesson/practice in topology. Understanding the site as a set of qualities (forces) constantly in flux, conclusions were made about intensities and shifts of such, not of fixed identities and hermetic ontologies. The method of intervention in such a conception of space, place, and time - one of shifts and interaction - had to be just as fluid as that understanding. Minimal surface cells offer infinitely varying possibilities of form, floor/wall/ceiling (supporting/enclosing/sheltering), affect, and are by definition self-structural. Using a tetrahedron-based minimal surface cell, research into the formal and affective potentials of the cell was done using parametric modelling techniques. Different cell states were created as genetic types carrying unique characteristics and agencies. These cells were gradiently deployed in the site as active agents, placed in specific response to the initial quality mapping. The intervention radically changed the topology of the site. New architectural spaces, forms, and adjacencies gave suggestions for programmatic use, able to exist in flux as well. In the future, expansion to the structure can be done using the same methodologies, and with the possible introduction of new cell types.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US

 
A set of found qualities evaluated and documented throughout the site. Their intensities, actions and interactions were mapped at different levels vertically and through time. Qualities were evaluated with regards to physicality, aesthetics, and psychology. Pretentious/ostentatious fronts emanated from the executive offices of Chase Manhattan, the surrounding office buildings, and the terraces of the J.P. Morgan/Armani Casa building. These fronts reached out to each other, gravitating towards...
A set of found qualities evaluated and documented throughout the site. Their intensities, actions and interactions were mapped at different levels vertically and through time. Qualities were evaluated with regards to physicality, aesthetics, and psychology. Pretentious/ostentatious fronts emanated from the executive offices of Chase Manhattan, the surrounding office buildings, and the terraces of the J.P. Morgan/Armani Casa building. These fronts reached out to each other, gravitating towards interaction. Confidence flowed through the air space as the idea of the city, occasionally distorting already pretentious spaces. The compliment of these types of spaces was discreet/discrete space.
Map, interaction of intensities, of focus.
Map, interaction of intensities, of focus.
Two types of active minimal surface cells were developed from a parametric base and deployed at varying strengths throughout the site in response to the previously mapped site qualities.
Two types of active minimal surface cells were developed from a parametric base and deployed at varying strengths throughout the site in response to the previously mapped site qualities.
Active cell types
Active cell types
Cell Matrix
Cell Matrix
Discrete/discrete areas were excavated to create interior space, and spaces with high pretentious/ostentatious tension were pried open in order to be activated.
Discrete/discrete areas were excavated to create interior space, and spaces with high pretentious/ostentatious tension were pried open in order to be activated.
Public terrace
Public terrace
Digital music library and listening pods
Digital music library and listening pods
Pedestrian bridge with art projections
Pedestrian bridge with art projections
Offices and gallery for large sculpture
Offices and gallery for large sculpture
Terrace across Chase Manhattan building
Terrace across Chase Manhattan building
Excavated space in Chase Manhattan building
Excavated space in Chase Manhattan building
Section - spaces to include gallery, restuarant/cafe space, classrooms
Section - spaces to include gallery, restuarant/cafe space, classrooms
Gallery circulation space
Gallery circulation space

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