In Collaboration with Larisa Rus
This project examines interrelated systems which are able to both modify the spatial structure of the building, and articulate expectations of the performance structurally, thermally, acoustically and environmentally, to demonstrate how the building explores and resolves issues.
The goal of this project was to create a contextualized assemblage of spaces for contemporary art to be explored; where all scales of building can be observed.
The interior was formed through a series of morphologies looking at the juxtaposition of larger and smaller galleries. By connecting galleries and studying the spaces between them, we focused on an interior surface solution which wrapped itself through the museum, blurring the line between areas which were inhabitable and areas which were not. This single gesture allowed us to fade the distinct area of when a floor transitions into a wall. Circulation wraps into and out of the gallery spaces in a similar motion which can be observed in section.
The continual motion expands to the facade of the building through a series of design exploration where we focused on the organization of splines. Specifically we explored how we can couple and expand splines to create carious surfaces which align to interior conditions.
The facade is created using multi-layered ETFE panels that are coated and pumped with air. The panels are supported by a series of mullions which run along the splines of the facade.
The ETFE panels, when filled with air, expand both inwards and outwards. The panels filter direct sunlight and act in relation to seasonal weather patterns to allow natural ventilation within the building. The facade is responsive to its internal programming as well as the external forces surrounding it.
Heavy research was focused on construction feasibility and code requirements.