THE CROSSWORD PUZZLE, REIMAGINED
For this project, I aimed to generate space by manipulating form unconstrained by function. I experimented with a crossword puzzle, devising a simple formula to catalyze a 3D rendition of a 2D object. I assigned an extrusion factor of 1 per square. For example, a row of 5 squares would yield a 5-meter-high wall along its axis, corresponding to a 5-letter word on the planar grid. I determined that the intersection of X-Y axes would be subtractive in nature. As a result, the generated form not only varies in elevation as dictated by its plan but all the interstitial spaces connect in peculiar ways along 3 axes, yielding fascinating forms that inform function.
The following progressive gallery provides insight into the intersection of vertical extrusions along the X-Y axes, and how their amalgamation yields surfaces. Some of these spaces are interconnected as directed by the original plan of the crossword, while others are enclosed, corresponding to blacked out blocks. The height of the generated spaces is proportional to their square footage, which is dictated by intrusions of black blocks. This planar relationship, once translated into a 3D structure yields varied and beautifully natural proportions.
A GETAWAY HOME FOR RENOWNED ARTIST,
For our final studio we were tasked with designing a private residence for renowned Vancouver artist, Rodney Graham. Inspired by the cubic minimalism of Graham's favourite artist, Donald Judd, I wanted to design a minimalist space that would act as a tabula rasa -- a blank slate that invited creativity.
This resident's massing was formulated based on Judd's work. An approximation of a stack of hardcover books, the rectilinear concrete rotates about the vertical to yield interconnected, yet private spaces.
This complex is designed to generate a hierarchy of interstitial spaces which vary in scale, location & orientation. Their ambiguity aims to encourage occupants to apply their own program onto the tabula rasa. The open spaces range from smaller, private balconies, to semi-private spaces shared b/w multiple units to larger spaces accessible to the entire floor plate, & these neighbourly interactions create a variety of micro-communities in the larger context of the building.