Hanging in there!!
I was ( am ) trying to define a language for the other two sites to intervene within, the same way I already started to develop the language for the other site using the rhythm and pattern already existing on site, and then I could add the ‘supplement’ layer to it!
I started to think about the void in which I want to intervene, and looking at context I started noticing the way in which the site faced the street and what was prevailing there ( images bellow) was the vast side elevations to which had little interest – perhaps little architectural design thought and mostly used for advertising and graffiti.
It reads like a canvas- a large mural!
With that in mind, I though that this particular intervention could use this language of the blank canvas- translated into large wall/ mural.
I would insert in the void this large fragmented walls (differing in sizes etc) to which the stairs could cling on to… similar to the main image above and relate to the language of the fire escapes, these can project through openings and thresholds much like the Whitney Museum. I was also thinking about permanence and solidity of these walls and the American Folk Art Museum had a similar feel to the street frontage as Im currently imagining for this intervention.
Some very crude drawings illustrate below….
A model will follow later this week!
It also remined me of a project by Steven Holl – The Storefront for Art and Architecture ( below) where it seems like a wall but it moves and open up to the street and closing itself…perhaps I could develop a similar language where the stairs become this mechanical thing, hiding, moving and extending between these walls and onto the street? ?
Developing the brief further I started to re-write the brief and define each void… work in progress and it’s the first draft…. Just though I could do with some opinion on it!