SCI-Arc (MArch2, Spring 2012)
critic: Tom Wiscombe
evan EMERY & varouzhan TOROSADAMY: The studio’s journey started from investigating some certain aesthetically and architectural qualitative values within a series of 2-D drawings derived from a digital scripting software. After some manual modification in the script, certain qualities were achieved, that were based on the initial drawing, next step was to transit those drawings into a 2½-D surface and from there forth, into a project scale proposal on a corner site located in West Hollywood, California.
We tried many different approaches including warping the 2½-D surface around the programmatic generic volumes, but eventually decided it best to start applying some certain features—some of which are as follows: Specific Edge network system, Deep pleats, de-lamination, face transition, and etc . . .—from the 2½-D surface to a Primitive such as a cube. After some versions we agreed upon mutilating only a corner or one side of the cube rather than the whole object. In order to create an open public plaza, we decided to lift the cube off the raised ground condition in order to open space on the ground level. As a direct result of this move object would barely touch the ground; only through some edges and points, which along the cloth like surrounding edge network and the deep caverns, razor sharp meandering edges, nested hierarchies within the dome like negative inflations in the bottom surface would create a mesmerizing effect as one would experience in major middle eastern mosques under their domes. In order to maximize the desired effect we decided to reflect our initial drawing from bottom to top of the building contrasting the very formation of the object itself.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
eE & vT: Various natural phenomenons, such as semi liquid lava formations and northern lights, and details on specific species—butterfly, deep sea, as well as rain forest creatures’ patterns and colors; human neurological synopsis illustrations; and images.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
eE & vT: Reading Bubbles and listening to mostly classical performances, such as Beethoven’s sonatas and symphonies, as well as Alternative rock (Muse), and some trance core heavy metal music (Attach Attach!).
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
eE & vT: Xefirotarch; Tom Wiscombe; X-Atelier; Jones, Partners: Architecture.
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Instructor: Tom Wiscombe.