critic: Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Spike LIU & Mark A. SANTA INES: As an object on the block, our interest was to develop a unit interlocking strategy that would integrate in section, composing neighborhoods within a hinged bar, collectively coming together as a massing that would remain undefined as a housing project.
Our project was developed with the interest of the bar, existing as a single massing that is contorted into the site in both plan and section. In plan, it contorts into a courtyard with one end of the bar penetrating it. In section, it contorts over and below itself diagonally, producing an irregular mass contained within the confines of the site, yet manages to adhere to none of its edges. This allows for access to light and air on the east and west.
The units are a series of self-interlocking multi-story modules, organized into zones. The units comprise the neighborhoods within the overall massing, creating an interplay between the part to whole relationships of unit-type, neighborhood zone, overall massing. Our unit strategy was aimed at wrapping itself around the infrastructure, allowing a uniform access to utilities for every unit. The units are a minimum of two levels, allowing for a circulation level (public level) with access throughout, and a private level without circulation.
Circulation within our project is traversed vertically through the primary cores, providing a direct access to every other level at opposing locations within the massing. Secondary circulation provides an alternative and “social circulation” around neighborhoods and within the courtyard vertically, disrupting the rhythm that the primary circulation produces. On the interior side the units are exposed, along with an auxiliary circulation system that strikes a self-similar path with the contorted bar.
On the outer side a structural skin is setback from the units allowing for balconies and providing a brise-soleil. It also privileges the unity of the object-mass relationship.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SL & MSI: Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Alison & Peter Smithson, Robin Hood Gardens.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SL & MSI: Listening to Justin Timberlake, Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Midicronica; Constantine, Fresh off the Boat.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SL & MSI: Neil Denari, Asymptote, Hirsuta, Florencia Pita, Amorphis.