Sheet Pile Big Box
Sheet Pile Big Box
The warehouse type can be an affliction or a fascination. The future of automated warehouses and 'on demand' goods challenges this type to either diminish in scale or become massive drones of our peripheral landscape. This concept promotes disassembly as a design strategy within an architectural type that is often subject increasing scale, repetition, expansion and later abandonment.
A site west of Boston will host the two 300,000sf warehouse facilities. This concept leverages the freeway aesthetic and rapid timeline related material. Sheet piles are interlocking steel sheets that are driven into the ground with heavy machinery; available in lengths up to 105 feet. Typically used as retaining walls, the piles can demonstrate load bearing capacities and also serve to tie into foundation elements. The outstanding hypothesis is the economy of time by virtue of this construction method.(4 feet x the entire elevation height...even 12 feet with viable soil conditions)
The BOX PILE concept exhibits the dynamic assemblies of these 'off the truck' components. The piles (approx 4' wide) as the primary envelope module presents a corrugated appearance. However, a regrouping of the piles articulates a 'defacto' column to carry the 96 foot structural bay. As a unified envelope tactic, piles construct the full elevation bay doors. When closed only revealing the loading dock foundation, which must operationally be forward of the skin. Following a study of column assemblies, an apex section column is constructed of 3 interlocking piles.
Lighting and parking stripes punctuate the overlapping order of the two buildings. By omitting the dividing stripe vehicular parking stripes scale up to the 18 wheeler scale, further adopting the 'slammed into the ground' language of the pile building. The two warehouses frame and conceal the logistical path and activities from the street view. Each respectively taking hyper-direct vehicular relationships: the 90 degree street to site requirement and the 'cranked' warehouse compresses the inner delivery path. Together demonstrating a type of enclosure that borders on the urban versus an otherwise industrial site.