critic: lisa IWAMOTO & craig SCOTT
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
jeremy JIH: Vaultscape is a proposal for the 2012 San Francisco America’s Cup that attempts to reshape the structural geometries and material narrative of the architectural vault while producing a fluid spatial frame to support the variable scales of the Cup’s sailing races.
By customizing the construction geometries of the vault to the site and alternately selecting from two implicit barrel vault surfaces, continuous spaces which transition in scale are able to negotiate the attenuated expanse of the site while producing interior partitions and orientations of space as necessary. Complex curvatures not commonly associated with the vault type also emerge and begin to defamiliarize its form
Structural Design: Surface Perforation and Light
The desire for a patterned and perforated structural surface was paired with a need for light to penetrate the deep interior of the site while maintaining the structural integrity of the vault. Aperture dimensions and placement are given by stress information through finite element analysis, while aperture orientation is a function of programmatic lighting requirements, and is calibrated to solar elevations and azimuth information specific to San Francisco and the schedule of events for the America’s Cup.
Planar board formworks are used to cast the vaulted and developable surfaces. These formworks are taken down after the casting process and become a geometrically mirrored deck below. The floor surface is suspended from the vault spring points, which are located on existing piles in the site.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jJ: Jorge Luis Borges (esp. the Library of Babel), Radiohead, Volver.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jJ: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Junya Ishigami, Julie Mehretu.