suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
alex CORNELIUS: the project explores how we understand the habitation of seemingly uninhabitable territory. the project explores conflicting notions of figure-ground and figure-figure as mechanisms of creating simultaneous ambiguity and specificity of the relationship between the building and groundscape – between interior and exterior. in this sense, the groundplane is strategically and hierarchically thickened with proximity to the building to the point of creating inhabitable space. this decomposition of the boundary, or building edge becomes a means of separation from the hostile environment around. while bunkering, reinforcing, or walling-in/out serve as contemporary responses to protecting oneself from or harnessing hostility (politically, religiously, socially, or otherwise).
the project takes an alternative approach which is embedded within notions of camouflage, disguise, and confusion, not on a literal level, but instead examines the potential of spatial disguise as a formal and organizational device to be implemented in averse scenarios. the house is organized around two main volumes which serve as centralized gathering and circulation to secondary support spaces which are embedded within the ground. passage between the volumes occurs beneath and within the thickened groundplane. the project creates a series of smaller courtyards, or petaled courtyard arrangements, which create space between the exterior wall and the interior volumes. these void spaces are seen as being more active spaces. that is, activities which require less separation from the harsh realities of the external environment. however, the main focus of the house is internalized, where the various petals are focused around dueling spiraled volumes.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aL: hernan diaz alonso, vernacular architecture, graphic illustration, art deco, neutra, schindler
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aL: peter sloterdijk, politics of the envelope, ratatat, black keys, npr podcasts, planet earth
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aL: peter testa, hernan diaz alonso, tom wiscombe, ben van berkle, jason payne