Design Studio project in collaboration with Alex Stewart.
Program: Library, Office, Light Lab, Classrooms, Exhibition Space, Auditorium.
Instructors: Derek Porter, David Leven
For this project, my partner and I explored the paradox of embedding separate program within a tight, urban footrpint. We conceived of a building that would foster not only the study and development of light in architecture, but would present a catalogue of lighting conditions through the apparatus of gallery space and circulation. This marriage of program results in a dual-purpose “tube” that snakes through the building to capture various directional light qualities, in the process disrupting the orthogonal floor plates and their specific programmatic space (office, classroom, meeting room, library.) The heavy, cast-in-place tube is juxtaposed against a thin, steel frame structure shrouded in an aluminum fin system that fluctuates and adjusts per the interior program behind it and direct sunlight mitigation. The result renders a visual effect across the facades of the building, that both hides and exposes the interior from different exterior vantage points well as shared garden spaces for the common use of the building.