“Flows Two Ways” is a 6 story sculpture opposite Bjarke Ingels Group’s Via 57 West Project along the Hudson River in New York City. Designed with Stephen Glassman Studio.
MUSEUM OF OUTSIDER ART / A Community Space in Los Angeles
THE LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF OUTSIDER ART is an independent, free art museum in the central- city neighborhood of Silverlake, Los Angeles.
Outsider Art, by virtue of having been created by artists without formal training, celebrates diversity in its origins. The choice of site and design methodology reflect this value. The triangular site is located on one of Los Angeles’ most iconic boulevards, with two access levels, which are bridged by a stair, an urban feature typical of this part of Los Angeles. The rebar-enclosed, double stair entry elevates this local typology into a phenomenological experience integrated into the materiality of the museum. Working with collage as a medium to integrate dissimilar parts into wholes, the so-called “Little Monsters” became vehicles for generating complex architectural moments driven by diverse materialities.
CLEAVE / A Mixed Use Housing Block in Barcelona
CLEAVE is a mixed use project in the Sant Martí de Provençals neighborhood in Barcelona. With the footprint of an entire city block, CLEAVE addresses the chamfered condition of the typical Cerda block of Barcelona (an historically highly planned characteristic meant to encourage pedestrian interaction) through hyperbole.
The project is composed of three distinct parts: a thin, delicate base, a series of massive intersecting chamfered volumes leaning outward from the center, and screens emerging from the ground level that echo the form language of the volumes above. The base is composed of three stacked bands, kinked in plan to create two large, exaggeratedly chamfered plazas, and then kinked again vertically to create three lifted entries into the block’s center, allowing the pedestrian to pass through the block to the other side (unlike the conventional block,which closes off its center to the public). The chamfered volumes above speak to a morphology that is geometrically precise, yet somewhat geological, as synthetic in their form as quarried stones. Their massive scale addresses the urban condition, stretching up to attain a height of thirteen stories.
As they cleave outward towards the street and away from the center, they create large overhangs at the pedestrian level below, introducing an element of scalar intimacy. This intimacy is underscored by perforated screens, formed from shadow projections of the volumes above, which curl up from the ground to shift in plan and crawl up the sides of the building with varying levels of visual porosity, bringing the form language of the massive volumes down to the ground at human scale. The use of the projective screens unites the three elements and introduces multiplicity and layering to the urban experience of the project--from the street, to the sidewalk, to the space between screens, to the plaza, to the center of the block, and then into the building.
IN MEMORY OF DIVERGENCE / A Waterfront House in Los Angeles
IN MEMORY OF DIVERGENCE sits on a deep, rectangular site across from the Silverlake Reservoir, its long sides only diverging by a mere five degrees. Initially formed from a series of cubes arranged parallel to the site at varying heights, each one rotated five degrees further toward the back of the site than the previously generated one, volume accumulates through a connective logic that produces a tread-like object. When this process is repeated on the “divergent” side of the site, the rotational cubes slide west, and a divergent angle appears. Combined, the forms create a long, narrow, and bulky band of jangling rooms and planar connections with a distinct void between stories. This hole which results from the combination of two treads turns the notion of the quiet, insular and walled domesticity of the central city single family residence literally on its side--the hole, as both a circulatory element and source of light, air, and access to the natural beauty of the site, fulfills the most basic environmental roles of the lightwell while challenging the walled privacy of the Mediterranean courtyard and creating an intermediary exterior level to the house. The hole operates as a sort of contradiction of access, which no clear entry into the house, but only one clear way into the project.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Single-family residence in central city location
3000 SF / 3 bed, 2.5 bath
Third Floor / Master Suite
LIBRARY X / A Public Library in Inglewood, CA
LIBRARY X is a one-story library in Inglewood, CA. Library X’s plan operates according to two systems, dividing the public and private portions of the building. In the main public spaces, the “diamonds” of the transformed geometry become points of entry and circulation, while the “legs” of the circulatory diamonds become thick poché elements, accommodating load-bearing bookshelves and passageways, creating large rectilinear main spaces. In the private spaces, the “legs” acquire a double width and merge with the diamonds, becoming inhabitable and creating more intimate rectilinear main spaces enveloped by legs. Circulation cuts straight through the double width of these swollen spaces, creating depth of emergence into the private realm of the library.