tom WISCOMBE: the project is based on creating continuity between the three elements called for in the brief: a garden, a central sculptural volume, and a network of canopies. during the day, when temperatures can reach 120 degrees fahrenheit, this involuted, grotto-like space becomes an inviting sanctuary. indeed, in an environment where people often avoid the outdoors during daytime hours, this project offers a spatial and atmospheric solution. the surface of the roof transforms into a volume at the center of the plaza. this surface-to-volume transformation is an extension of an investigation into surface-to-strand geometries in recent projects. hybrid, transformative geometries offer a wider range of flexibility than surface, strand, or volume systems alone.