University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Matias del CAMPO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jenna BOLINO: This housing/spa project is located catty-corner to one of the largest public squares in Vienna, Austria known as Stephansplatz surrounding the city’s Gothic cathedral, Stephansdom. It addresses the street with a subtle, but differentiated façade in comparison with the surrounding neighborhood. The aluminum louvers create a sleek, clean façade which run parallel to each other on the street side and are shifted and bent on the inner edge to allow for privacy and views at different parts of the housing program inside.
The entry is a simple split opening at the corner facing the cathedral and enters into the lobby with a front desk for the housing and the start of the spa program. The additional spa program is at the lower and first level of the building. At the center of the lobby is where the vortex of aluminum louvers first appears in the central core of the building. The core stretches from the lobby to the roof, connecting to the façade louvers which bend over the main structure of the building. The louver core creates a light well that brings light down to the central bath space of the spa below the lobby. The light well creates a transcendent space which can be experienced at every level through the circulation ramps that wrap around the central louvers to the above housing and yoga studios. The housing exists on the upper five floors with the top floor being penthouse apartments with access to the roof top garden with the aluminum portico. Levels two through four are a series of interweaving apartments all of different sizes.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JB: James Turrell’s light and space artwork.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JB: Animate Form by Greg Lynn.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JB: Peter Zumthor, BIG, MVRDV, Field Operations and Diller, Scofidio, and Renfro.