Savannah College of Art and Design
critic: Jean JAMINET
Studio: Larry MARTIN (designer and project leader), Jesse HAMMER (project leader), Steven ALDRIDGE, Karan DALWADI, Katherine ETON, Nicole GITTINGS, David HARROP, T. J. HOWELLS, Carine LAM, John MILIAN, Jean MORANA, Hetal PATEL, Javier PEREZ, Pedro PEREZ del MONTE, Hunter POPE, Soraya SAFFOURI, & Tessa WATSON
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Larry MARTIN, Jesse HAMMER, et al.: This installation called for the mutation of the prototypical “arch” element in a manner that would reevaluate space, enclosure, procession, and affect.
A series of transformations upon the arch were induced, transforming the symmetrical mass into a nuanced, sculptural surface. Starting with reorienting the span’s symmetrical base, the movement incurred by this shift would lend itself to an interactive topological span. Each act upon the strictly ruled archetype would subtly disassemble the form as we once recognized it.
The classical massive characteristics were exchanged for an intricate network of panelized surfaces and apertures. Subdividing the solid into faceted and triangulated panels sought to aid in this dynamic movement. Rather than a linear route, the arch distorts procession, ebbing and flowing along with its subject. Apertures were oriented across the span to alleviate the weight of the mass both physically and visually – assisting the flow of the subdivisions and feeding light through the mutated form.
This surface logic redefines the classical conventions of ornament, poché, and rustication – sources for innovative ideas about form and materiality. The historical and classical conceptions of structure and ornament were examined and reconfigured to understand the role of architecture’s characteristic devices in contemporary building design.
Involution is a series of diverse topological effects. Physically, the nuanced panelized surface creates inward curvature and penetration for enclosure and procession. Conceptually, the arch is reevaluated by looking both inward toward architecture’s history and outward toward the future of design.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
LM, JH, et al.: Bernini’s Baldacchino for St. Peter’s, Gothic Fan Vaults, Lo Res Project, Synaptic Stimuli
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
LM, JH, et al.: Intricacy (Greg Lynn), My Dinner with Andre (Louis Malle), ModeLAB, Andreia Chaves, Mary Huang
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
LM, JH, et al.: SOFTlab, Orproject, Plasma Studio, 3deluxe