The studio was focused on the analysis and design of buildings as if their forms correlated to the movement of thought. In order to do so, several existing buildings were studied to uncover conflicts between peculiarly combined typological and figurative forms. Transformational diagrams will make evident how we understand buildings to be mental constructs, as opposed to static objects. Working this way will require that we assume buildings to be implicitly elastic. They must be, in order to facilitate narratives, such as the transmogrification of one normative typological form into another, a process which, along the way, produces iterations that correspond to the actual shapes and attributes of the building.
This project, a hotel in Cambridge MA, is an exercise in the transformational understanding of a slab building and a hotel tower - a plinth at the lower levels supporting a tower of hotel rooms on top. The formal starting point is the slab building, which is then sheared down its longer axis to adapt to a sloped site. This sectional shift is allowed to resonate throughout the height of the tower, with each floor plate sliced into two. Connected by a double loaded corridoor, this produces an eccentric condition where rooms on one side are on the same level as the hallway while the rooms on the other side are lower. The strangeness in the buildings logic produces a usable variance in room type. The assumed elasticity of floor plates also provides a logic for the extrusion of the plinth. The floor plates at the lower section of the building are pushed to the east to allow for public access down to the Charles River. The formal logic implied then is that these floor plates make up for the reduction in width by an increase in depth, and the production of a plinth. Ultimately, the building produced represents a language of architectural interpretation.
Architecture Option Studio