These are two projects investigating two different scales and contexts in California cities.
The LA Spa looks at project of wealth and comfort, creating an environment with private spaces and facilities that encourage health. The concept expresses a notion of dense, thick blocks of program on the lower half; with floating lightweight blocks on the upper half. The dichotomy of these opposing structures parallels the internal purposes -- as the lower levels are cave-like private rooms for lockers and spas, while the upper rooms are open workout rooms to outwardly impress the LA culture.
The Mixed-Use housing and commercial development is meant to also portray a degree of prestige, but in a less globally iconic spot of San Francisco. This master planned development creates a private-public separation as well, however the lower, public level is open and transparent, as the upper towers create private facades. As one approaches the master planned block, store fronts meet the eye at the base as towers rise out of the plinth on top of the commercial level. This plinth creates a semi-public realm above the street and establishes a distinctive delineation between public and private, in the same zone.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US and San Francisco, CA, USA
My Role: Architectural Designer