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  • Formal Hybrids

    Formal Hybrids
    miami FLORIDA & new york NEW YORK

    NYC CASINO/CONVENTION CENTER COMPETITION
    First place — $1200

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    alex LOZANO & reynolds DIAZ jr.: In recent years Manhattan’s lower West Side has undergone radical urban transformations. Perhaps the most influential addition to this part of the urban fabric has been the Highline Elevated Park; a melting pot of diverse activities. Thus extending this dynamic chamber of locals, artist, tourist and night-life enthusiast was an essential component to the proposal. Moreover, catalyzing these synergizes throughout the site emerge fields of landscape diversities. In this landscape, people can recreate, farm, lounge, gather or stroll for a casual walk.

    This collective program encourages people to come together across different initial interest groups. These multi-faceted cultural exchanges amalgamate architectural hybrids between program, structures, aesthetics, pragmatics, rigidity and flexibility. These architectural transitions are digitally crafted and articulated through both space and surface. The lower half of the towers’ program is rental units which conform to a rigid framework. Vertical spatial transformations occur once programmatic conditions shift. The form thus breaks from its rigidity and embraces panoramic formal freedom. These articulations specifically respond to contextual icons such as the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Times Square and others. The East and West facades are responding to different urban conditions thus complexities on the East facade is high and on the West minimal. Programmatically these synergies of public life are connected through the five towers. The spaces include, retail, hotel lobby, casinos, lounges, meeting rooms, entertainment areas, observatories, ballrooms and other general public and leisure spaces. The last vertical transformation shifts back to a rigid system (imposed by a rigid hotel program), which split into five individual hotel towers for temporal guests.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?:
    New York City, Peter Eisenman, Xefirotarch, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Monad Studio, Su11, Rococo Architecture, Art Nouveau

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, Tool, The Lumineers, Andrew Belle, Casino, Dennis Prager, Leon de Winter, Manuel De Landa – Material Elegance, Eric Goldemberg – Pulsation in Architecture

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    Su11, Monad Studio, Contemporary Office Practice, Del Campo Manninger

    Additional credits and links:
    [Five Architecture Alumni]

    JURY COMMENTS:

    craig SCOTT: One of the more provocative conceptual set-ups of the finalists—the injection of this other world high above the ground, made up of these bulbous interconnected, swirling spatial nodes at the otherwise normative towers’ midsections. However, while the spherical outgrowths do suggest an exciting spatial potential, the plans and sections don’t quite get at the implied sophistication suggested by the 3-D form. The scheme also too quickly falls into the generic “towers-in-the-park” model in terms of the minimal relationship between buildings and ground.

    marcelo SPINA: This proposal is really interesting typologically, since it implies the possibility of a concourse connecting a series of otherwise very normative high-rise towers with a rather bold operation. Bulging the square section of the plan into a spherical primitive and allowing these primates to self intersect creates both a large space at mid height and a major anomaly in the type, fundamentally subverting its overall readability. The project allows for more space where its needed while incorporating other, more conventional programs in the tower.

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