Feasible Continuum – Site One | Supplement Architecture
The design process of site one is looking into the relationship and process of making cast iron facades in the US. I researched into the elements and composition of different existing facades and I wanted to create a ‘taxonomy’ catalogue( foldout postcard size), thus informing my decision and reinforcing that notion of ‘rhythm and pattern’ that was removed from this current façade leaving traces (seam and joints) behind.
Im currently casting the selection of facades and created info text for each. Below is a screen shot of the template, still work in progress – will replace drawing with the cast models.
I also started to catalogue the precedents – I will have one single postcard for each precedent, for each proposal. Should be a simple single postcard size illustration on the front and info on the back.
Precedent 1 – Preservation through Supplement Architecture – Jorge Otero-Pailos\ Koolhaas.
From here – tomorrow I will start drawing out this proposal and define a set of arches and geometric scale for each – they should be almost modular components, such as the cast iron facades, which are individually bolted onto the structure.
I have started to sketch out some samples of the – arch and the arch within the arch; which will make an individual component – playing with the scale and distribution of each ( as mentioned by Manijeh) and their relationship with the stairs – will have a more developed idea by the end of the week. The modules start at 3600mm high and the width of the structure is 2600mm ( so it seat within the walkway leaving room aside).
In addition to the post I started to get a 3 model of the actual structure, to understand how it will come together, it has proven more difficult than I anticipated, but I will revert back to the other two sites over the next few days. I feel that the scale is coming together and that the overall lightness and elegance of the arches are there, but Im trying to design the stairs within the structure so that it doesn’t read as a second thought! (which is becoming more difficult) Currently As you go up each level the journey should change- different spontaneous interactions and activities may happen, but most importantly the intervention ‘recalls’ the once existing facade now part removed and the fire egress stairs which are characteristic of the Manhattan scape.
Work in progress images below!