suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
steve MOODY: This project is an investigation into the effects of physical and visual fragmentation in the context of a tower generated through a process of variable extrusion. Traditional notions of separation, interiority and image are challenged through this method of fracturing. Conceived as a portion of a project that includes a large scale particle collider and laboratories for nuclear research, the tower is intended as an icon for the scientific rejuvenation of Los Angeles and the uncertain nature of modern particle science.
A portion of Los Angeles’s city grid was abstracted with meshing algorithms into a new grid. The cells of this new grid were extracted and placed onto the site in an industrial district next to the LA River. The grid cells are then extruded upwards with variable parameters, resulting in 162 unique volumes. These volumes are aggregated together, creating the cracks and fissures that define the project.
Each extruded piece comes to a point at each end, creating interspersed interior and exterior space at ground level, where the exterior circulation slices into the base of the tower. The artifacts of these slices continue throughout the design, with the most divided spaces at the top and bottom and opening up towards the center. The public lobby is located in this open space at the center of the building, where the extruded volumes pull apart to create an “exterior” condition within the tower.
The tower is designed to accomodate the teams of transient nuclear scientists and researchers who come to do their research at the new particle collider facility, along with permanent administration facilities. The fragmented nature of the spaces creates a relationship between privacy, secrecy, collaboration and transparency reflecting the tensions that drive the modern scientific process.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sM: Andrew Atwood, particle physics, Lebbeus Woods, robots, Superman.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sM: Reading: Wikipedia; Listening: Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, NPR; Watching: TOS, The Walking Dead, Nova, Oddsac.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
sM: Michael Hansmeyer, Andrew Atwood, MOS, Olafur Eliasson.