suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
william WECKENMANN: The tower is situated between West 53rd St. and West 54th St. in Midtown Manhattan, adjacent to the American Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. The project addresses the context of the surrounding neighborhood as both a high-rise business and residential district, and as a major cultural and artistic destination.
The investigation began with the study of a physical transformative precedent. This transformative system was documented in a two-dimensional fashion, and later developed into a series of three-dimensional spatial units. The multi-dimensional blending of these units was used to create a unique type of building enclosure. The transformation and relative opacity of this skin is rooted in the logic of the system precedent. The skin also responds to existing site conditions as they relate to the parameters of the system. The formal qualities of the skin were used to inform interior spatial conditions which, in turn, helped to develop a range of programmatic spaces throughout the tower. Because the rate of skin transformation varies throughout the tower, no two floors are exactly alike in terms of their spatial qualities or programmatic functions. The project suggests a more nuanced approach to skyscraper design through the use of emergent formal transformations, scalar shifts and material manipulations. The project serves to examine the relationship between enclosure, interior spaces and programmatic functions as a means of rethinking the traditional skyscraper building typology.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
wW: Delirious New York, 1000 Years of Non-Linear History, Glenn Danzig,
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
wW: Ali Rahim, Hina Jamelle, Peter Macapia, Rem Koolhaas, etc.
Additional Credit: ali DOSTOGLU, Pratt Institute