critic: Erick CÁRCAMO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Lord CENIZA & Juan C. BAEZ: Our objective was to develop a design proposal for a housing complex in downtown Los Angeles that deviates from the constricting demands of the typology of housing with a goal towards the eccentric. Breaking from the standard but respecting functionality we searched for a middle ground. The challenge was to not let repetition becoming monotonous rather to inspire thought and lead to new discoveries.
Using experimental exercises where the morphology of a simple cell geometry was pushed to its limits of distortion, we extracted a skeletal structure that forms the base and the structural facade which gives the building its unique look. The dense structural facade, prescribed by the language of the original cells, is the element that gives variation in each unit—as the branches crawl up the building the individual unit reacts and changes accordingly to the structure.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
LC & JCB: MVRDV’s Sky-Village, MVRDV, Erick Cárcamo.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
LC & JCB: Reading Los Angeles: Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham. Listening to: Jay Electronica, MGMT, and Robi Draco Rosa’s Amor Vincit Omnia.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
LC & JCB: MAD Architects, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa).