America, a lively and diverse place, lacks a delicate and valuable admiration of its elderly. This is an unfortunate social deficiency, as age often correlates with expertise and knowledge. The Empire State Building can serve as this catalyst of change. This project strives to improve social inclusion of the elderly by inducing collaborative encounters between brilliant minds at one of America’s most iconic buildings.
The studio allows students to specialize in the comprehensive exploration and conjectural thesis of a specific building type for the duration of a semester. Though multiple programs are addressed, the pursuit of genotypic ëprototypesí (as opposed to specific phenotypes) binds the collective aim of the studio. The first half of the studio focused on the production of a book which documented the normative variables and ëparametricí range of different building types.
As the second of three design projects during their first architecture studio at UNL, second-year students were asked to design a private pool. Working through a constrained design process, each student developed a spatial construction based on graphic analysis as a point of departure for their four-week design project. During the development process, students rigorously engaged the complex relationships between the ideas, architectural forms, representation and experiences.
This project reimagines the Big Box typology as a pair of theaters with undulating floors where visitors can spread out on blankets and enjoy film in an informal, social manner. The ceiling is articulated with lights that mimic the night sky and evoke the feeling of a midnight film screening on an outdoor lawn. These theater spaces are flanked by figural pathways that weave through the plan providing access to restrooms, concessions and other back-of-house programs.
Through the use of nature, intentional simplicity and materiality, the architecture aims to promote optimism and peace by allowing the living to reflect on the memories they carry, that tie them to their loved one after passing. The cantilever and use of raw wood, creates an atmosphere in which nature helps elevate one’s spirit, and shifts their experience of nature into the tree canopy.