Currently working on the ‘worship tower’ to the LES.
Im still trying to understand and develop the idea of the pilgrimage and what one may experience as you ascend/ descend the tower. Images below …
Any suggestions on the design of the tower are welcome! I dont know If Im happy with the design… perhaps it feels too random at times..???
I want this to be an act of procession, create a dialogue between the pilgrim, the building, its fabric and the LES- as these are essentially in a ‘sacred experience’ as they reach the summit – or the ‘alter’- Im thinking on a spiritual and church evoking design to the summit of the tower… so it reads as such… and the cautionary tale of the LES comes to light at the summit- when the future and past development core/ towers can be seen in the horizon showing the future and present development of the LES … bringing back the Koolhaas quote from Delirious New York.
“For the first time, Manhattan’s inhabitants can inspect their domain, to have a sense of the island as a whole is also to be aware of its limitations, the irrevocability of its containment. If this new consciousness limits the field of their ambition, it can only increase its intensity. Such inspections from above become a recurrent theme under Manhattanism; the geographical self-consciousness they generate is translated into spurts of collective energy, shared megalomaniac goals.”
The Summit – or an Alter to the LES ….
As the pilgrim ascent, there are viewports or bays that allows for a partial view out pointing out different aspects of the process of development and air rights issues in the LES – these are at lower levels as one reaches the point when the tower consumes the air right of its neighboring building.
The ascent upwards is enclosed and partial darkness reinforces the unknown experience of the pilgrim – with small thresholds allowing a view towards an impossible stair or a vertical drop – bringing the idea of fear and vertigo, as some pilgrims may feel in the journey.
The interior spaces resemble The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – asymmetry and perspective as you ascent encloses over you or a stair that leads to nowhere.
I also came across this church- Neviges Mariendom by nGottfried Böhm, which I thought the interiors are a representative of what I want in terms of atmosphere.
Im still working on it, but I dont want to spend too much time either! I will finish all the drawings of sites one and two and the pilgrimage route (as I will include the start at the Mosses and Jacobs Opera at the Washington Square, and the route through the Cast Iron District relating to facade collectibles cast models I made.
Slightly worried about the timeframe we have and the amount of work I still have to do in order to have a portfolio…
Im writing a list of what drawings I need and what I can physically do by may 13th, I’ll have that on Tuesday.