suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
lindsey COHEN: This project is about re-examining the way a cathedral is typically experienced. It takes the traditionally flat, horizontal circulation and verticalizes it, allowing users to participate more fully in the space of the cathedral. Instead of being overwhelmed by the grand scale of the cathedral from the ground, visitors inhabit the space and can move vertically through it.
Complimenting that physical movement is the idea of the journey. The massiveness of the cathedral is divided into smaller, more intimate spaces composed of tall nodes surrounded by private chapels. Variations in scale and circulation allow individuals find their own spiritual path. In an attempt to enhance the religious experience, what is normally static has been transformed into something dynamic. Each tower shifts from a dark, narrow zone to an upward spiraling ramp that leads to an open area of light. During the meditative walk towards the sky, one experiences a layering of different skins, views of the city, and a juxtaposition of quiet, still spaces with those of movement and transition.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
lC: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Steven Ma
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lC: reading: Sanford Kwinter “Far From Equilibrium,” Gottfried Semper “Style”
listening to: David Bowie, Hercules and Love Affair
watching: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland
my Excessive classmates: Emre Icdem, Cynthia Sanchez, Jose Carlos, Frisly Colop, Xinyu Wan
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
lC: Xefirotarch, Greg Lynn, Reiser Umemoto