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The studio project bases its design principles and inspirations on architects Jakob and Macfarlane and their Les Docks of Paris project on the Se… Read More
The studio project bases its design principles and inspirations on architects Jakob and Macfarlane and their Les Docks of Paris project on the Seine River. The class was divided into sites that extended alongside the Les Docks building in both directions and proposed, all together, urban revitalization for the area. The confluence of movement systems on this particular site, is trapped in a small footprint space creating a moment of tension. This generates a condition of bold contrasts among river, train, pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular displacement, together with features which remain static such as: trees, houseboats, and people caught in the transitional time between motion and inactivity. These conditions also reduce the building footprint drastically, forcing it to fold into and underground and only then stretch outwards towards the river extending to the point of breaking. The project offers facilities to students, houseboats residents, as well as travelers coming in and out of the Gare D’Austerlitz train station. Read Less
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