Partner: Lorraine Ziegler
Professor: Matt Shea
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The car and the individual travel at interchangeable velocities. An infrastructure for this relationship, the typology of the gas station to date has augmented the notions of efficiency and “in-and-out” culture, further intertwining the vehicle and the human, and thus effectively separating the traveler from the local.
As a thesis for the studio, we aimed to conduct an investigation on how a new prototypical architecture could begin to engage and disengage flows of the two concerned parties and induce methods to facilitate lingering. Early discussions pointed us towards clustering of programmatic volutes to guide flows, generate in-between spaces for “impermanent” program, and reframe the context to situate the traveler within the local. The inquiry was propelled with an assumption that emerging technologies surrounding automation in automobiles would be leveraged as a means to explore the moments of separation and reunion between the car and the individual within the architecture.
A potential prototype for Tesla, brand recognition and translation across differing contexts necessitated the development of a kit of parts. The series of concrete panels and fins in their differing additions with one another yield a multiplicity of programmatic volute shapes, allowing for contextualization of the concept to occur as the prototype is adapted across environments.
The volutes, in their adjacency with one another, cradle active open spaces that foster the ability to house ever-changing program and gathering. In addition to occupying the volumes’ contents, their slope grants users an invitation to situate themselves on the infrastructure itself, and in the curvilinear’s clash with the orthogonal (the grid of skylights above), threshold moments are then generated to allow for cars and individuals alike to pierce through the concrete.
(Above) Exploring the prototype necessitated an understanding of the concept’s mechanics regarding the parti and kit of parts within other contexts. A suburban application was studied to show how alignment of the “people program” and “car program” could be leveraged to generate a focal point for a neighborhood and a buffer for the neighbors’ backyards respectively. Further, an urban application displayed how contextualization of the concept could be treated similarly to how it was executed in Green River - instead of activating a body of water, it became about activating the lineage of a street.
Final review zoom presentation, May 7th, 2020.