SCIARC 2GBX Studio 2010 – Instructor: Elena Manferdini – “Intense Interiority and Ornate Enclosure”
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
dave BANTZ: Guided by studio instructors Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina, and Tom Wiscombe, our studio was thrown into an intensive month long scripting workshop. After our workshop, we were encouraged to extrapolate and build from our respectable bank of scripting experiments adding consideration for program, context, and performance. A crisp, patterned, and prism-like exterior shell encases a sinuous structural and circulation network, which in turn, supports more focused plastic interior volumes.
These interior volumes act as incubators for various exhibition displays and archived exhibits. The liminal spaces between shell and plastic volume are more open plan showroom-style floors, often open to above, in a more atrium like space. The corner condition and extremely small footprint of the site were limiting factors, and forced the project’s verticality. The guised and patterned transparent exterior shell provides glimpses into the interior, and the luminescent quality of the mass projects interest towards the bustling street of Omotesando. Passers-by are teased, curiosities heightened by partial or distorted exposure of the exhibition galleries and couture runways. The Museum is not only meant to archive the past fashion exploits of the 20th Century, but to be a beacon, a catalyst, and a hub for the many satellite fashion houses in the famous Shibuya-Ku fashion district.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dB: Elena Manferdini, Tom Wiscombe, Marcelo Spina, Marcelyn Gow, Toru Hasegawa
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dB: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, eVolo “skyscrapers of the future,” La Roux, The Great Gatsby
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dB: Marc Fornes, cmmnwlth (Brooklyn),