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  • May/September: Eskenazi Hospital Parking Structure Facade

    Rob LEY, "May/September: Eskenazi Hospital Parking Structure Facade."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    USC School of Architecture

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Rob LEY: This project began with an interest in challenging the typical notion of the parking structure as an uninteresting infrastructural typology by transforming the new Eskenazi Hospital parking structure into an interactive, synthetic terrain. . . .

    A field of 7,000 angled metal panels in conjunction with an articulated east/west color strategy creates a dynamic facade system that offers observers a unique visual experience depending on their vantage point and the pace at which they are moving through the site. In this way, pedestrians and slow moving vehicles within close proximity to the hospital will experience a noticeable, dappled shift in color and transparency as they move across the hospital grounds, while motorists driving along W. Michigan Street will experience a faster, gradient color shift which changes depending on their direction of travel.

    Aluminum, Stainless Steel /// (60′ H x 245′ W x 4′ D) /// (18.5m H x 75m W x 1.5m D)

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    RL: Lenticular images and stickers from the 80’s. [tinyurl.com/urbana01]

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    RL: Whatever Pandora sees fit to play.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    RL: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Tom Wiscombe, Alvin Huang, Supermanoeuvre, and Andrew Kudless.

    Additional credits and links:
    Loren Francis Adams and Max Miller were instrumental designers in my office that devoted a lot of energy and expertise to see this project’s design and fabrication.

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