suckerpunch: describe your project.
geoffrey ELANDER: where such architectural movements as modernism and dutch architecture were interested in the compositional effects of materiality, this thesis pursues a deeper interrelation of surface and shifting moments of materiality in response to local moments of geometric change, programmatic relationships, social contexts and environmental demands which are presently lacking within the field of architecture.
where a monolithic approach to massing as an architectural method of design and, in turn, a monolithic approach to materiality is the a-typical operation, geometry will be interpreted as having 3 degrees of curvature (flat, single, and double) which by then being subjected to appropriate material and fabricated assemblies will produce concentrations of materiality and material change at the appropriate areas within an architectural body. therefore, it can be stated, that the thesis is in pursuit of clarity between formal language and architectural intentions through material difference.
the typology of the gas station will be used as the vehicle for material, geometric, and social experimentation, transforming the site from one of quick convenience to one of casual convergence. in conjunction with a rising need for alternative fuels and energy conservation (as well as the need to make these new fuels available), the overall functionality of the contemporary gas station will have to be re-evaluated as this typology has undergone a minimal amount of change since its inception, with recent attempts at attacking this type producing merely a new or different formal result. with the relationship and scale of this typology to that of automobile manufacture and as los angeles is the car culture capitol of the united states, it is both the time and place to foreground the rebirth of the american fueling station.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
gE: murakami’s second mission + gundam
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
gE: reading: atlas of novel tectonics / listening: kanye, wu-tang forever, jay-z, radiohead, hypemachine
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
gE: patterns, preston scott cohen, neil denari, unstudio, jason payne
thanks to marcelo spina for his support and guidance throughout the project.