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  • Shifting Hybrids

    Caleb WHITE, "Shifting Hybrids." Cut-away section, rendering.
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
    critic: Hina JAMELLE.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Caleb WHITE: Between two materials there is a line, the line bifurcates and becomes surface, the surface separates and becomes volume. . . .

    This hotel and residence in TriBeCa New York challenges typical mixed-use architectural typologies through the hybridization of its parts from one programmatic feature to the next. A seam within a hotel room, for instance, that exists between two materials, can be traced upwards through the entire building. Expanding with each successive floor, the line that was a simple material break becomes surface, and surface becomes volume—which can contain an entire apartment. This material shift allows for the building’s programs to nest within one another and creates a unique opportunity to create dynamic, mixed use, and even mixed typological spaces. Some these seams that expand between the residences and the hotel rooms contain shared spaces—a series of recording and practice spaces for visiting musicians. These spaces accumulate, in the basement level of the building, into a small music venue. As hotel residents and guests move through the building they are invited to sample the musical performances that occur within these hybridized spaces.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    CW: Tom Wiscombe, UNStudio, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson on morphogenesis.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    CW: Reading: D’Arcy Wentworth Thomas, On Growth and Form and Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22. Listening to: Phantogram; M83; Ratatat; and Odesza. And (forever) watching reruns of Star Trek.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    CW: Tom Wiscombe; Roland Snooks; LTL; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Herzog & de Meuron; UNStudio; and Neil Denari.

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