• Divergent Building

    Divergent Building
    sabana grande PUERTO RICO

    Third Place — $300

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project

    angel l. VIDRO & michael j. QUIÑONES: As a linear feature that exists between two tectonic plates that are moving away from each other, the ‘Divergent Building’ breaks, separate and transforms its spaces. As a proposal for the Robot Workshop and inspired by robotic movements, the building applies mechanical systems to achieve its main feature: maximizing the space as is required by the users. The building opens in order to separate the program in two modules, creating a central atrium, which allows ventilation and lighting. Interior spaces can expand growing to the site limits, creating a dynamic façade that is in continuous change.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    aV & mQ: Mechanical Systems, Robot Designs, Gundam [Anime], Tron, El Segundo.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    aV & mQ: Listening: Callejón Comuitario, Robi Draco Rosa.

    Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    aV & mQ: BIG Architects, JDS Architects, Morphosis, Zaha Hadid Architects, Jones Partners Architecture, NMDA, Asymptote.

    Additional credits and links:
    Special thanks to Elio S. Martinez Joffre, Abel Misla Villalba, and Francisco Javier Rodríguez Suárez.

    Jury Comments:

    skylark TIBBITS — This project presented the strongest mix of provocative and visionary robotic/kinetic solutions with a touch of reality programmatically and architecturally. Formally the project is strong and links well with the expansion/contraction or fault-lines of the circulation/program rift. This project is not simply inheriting existing robotic or electronic strategies/metaphors, rather rethinking them both on the programmatic level as well as the technological and formal level. Strong project on a number of levels — could be plausible based on modular mechanisms and some simple interactions to produce a variety of propagating patterns.

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    • Shaka Says:

      Michael, one of the developers of this design, is one of the most dedicated students I’ve ever seen. He literally breaths, eats, and IS his work. As his sister, I’m extremely proud and I know he’ll become a great architect. Love you, bro! Congrats!

    • z_me Says:

      looks like an alienware-gaming station, although really cool tron-style gameshop. cool!

    • Wilfredo Mendez Says:

      Great work and congratulations to both of you! The conceptual design of this building takes advantage of one of the most important geological features of Puerto Rico, furthermore it is applied as an artistic and spatial parameter. Excellent!