suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
jon MARTIN: This was a retail/office hybrid tower study, for reintroducing urban retail to downtown Kansas City. The combination of diverse typologies allowed for a new formal and typological system to develop. The retail center is a bridge allowing the building to step over physical land barriers such as railways and highways that have cutoff traffic and have created a devolving sector of downtown. The structure from the bridge draws support from the twisting towers which have reinforced spines and are connected through a web of structural membrane.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jM: Daniel Widrig, Steven Ma, Julia Koerner, hybridized typologies
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jM: a lot of 90’s music
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jM: Daniel Widrig, Prabhu Sugumar, Alex Roman, Silke Sieler, Tim Borgmann