William Maya

William Maya

Los Angeles, CA, US


Thick Facades

This project investigates the role of the façade and its relevance in the architectural project.  Instead of understanding the façade as a flat element both in its representation and architectural translation.

Taking Venice as a site the project can be read as the development of “active façades” which relate not only to the larger context but also to themselves.  In this way the project breaks with apparent superficiality associated with the idea of façade – moving from compression and flattening of information to layering and de-compression.

“Architecture is both ancient and modern, each work an amalgamation of elements that have been around for over 5,000 years and others that were invented yesterday (...)” — Rem Koolhaas

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Status: School Project
Location: Venice, IT