suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
matthew CALEB WILD: In order to study the design process, work on this mix-use cafe and design studio located in San Francisco, California, began by focusing on the “skin” of the building as a way to push conceptual development. Tectonic studies were done to investigate and examine the push and pull relationship between the skin’s manipulation and the resulting phenomena. Focusing on the concept of skin serving as a mediator between “inside” and “outside,” initial tectonic studies began to revolve around the building’s skin becoming the device for blending the two.
Experimentation with the various scaling and spacing of contours wrapped around a building form resulted in uniquely defined outdoor spaces. However, in order to prevent the disconnect between the building’s inner core and its outer skin, separation between the two had to be blurred. As a result, the building begins to “peel away” from its core in a multitude of layers. Consequently, the transition between skin and core becomes blended and undefined.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mCW: Professor Janice Shimizu-Coggeshall, RoTo Architects.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mCW: The Temper Trap, Brandon Flowers, Flight of the Conchords, The Office.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mCW: Asymptote, BIG, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Olson Kundig.