Social Interchange

The project was developed with the interest of the blurred monolith, existing as a single massing that is contorted into the site in both plan and section. In plan, it contorts into an elevated courtyard with one end of the bar penetrating it. In section, it contorts over and below itself diagonally, producing an irregular mass contained within the confines of the site.

The units are a series of self-interlocking multi-story modules. The units comprise the neighborhoods within the overall massing, creating an interplay between the part to whole relationships of unit-type, neighborhood zone, overall massing. The unit strategy was aimed at wrapping itself around the infrastructure, allowing a uniform access to utilities for every unit.

Circulation within the project is traversed vertically through the primary core, providing a direct access to every level within the massing. Secondary circulation provides an alternative and “social circulation” around neighborhoods and within the courtyard vertically, disrupting the rhythm that the primary circulation produces.

On the outer side a structural skin is setback from the units allowing for private areas to be screened from the neighborhood and providing a brise-soleil to public spaces.

Mentored by James Bucknam
Woodbury University

Site Analysis

Massing Model Iterations

Atmospheric Collages