University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Neil DENARI.
assistant instructor: Jonathan SCELSA.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Nicholas AUGER & Jonathan GORDER: X-Point City quite literally slices through Los Angeles, a city defined both by movement and imagery.
The program includes residential, office, secondary school, museum, and retail; on a site that sits directly adjacent to the Culver City station on L.A.’s increasingly relevant Metro Expo system. By adding and subtracting from a simple stacked and rotated geometry, we have created a system of large glazed and perforated panels that are both bold and graphic, and yet ambiguous in their meaning. This system will catch the attention of L.A.’s image-saturated culture, while avoiding the negative associations much of the public has with ubiquitous advertising and branding. In slicing through the tired rotating tower typology, we provide users with orientation on what is otherwise a large site with diverse and numerous programs.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JG & NA: Neil Denari; Preston Scott Cohen; work from Neil Denari’s Suprastudio; Steven Holl; Kenzo Tange; and Kisho Kurokawa.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JG: Reading Reyner Banham, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. Listening to FKA Twigs.
NA: Reading: Japan Architect magazine and Thom Mayne, Combinatory Urbanism. Listening to Fatback and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida on repeat.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JG & NA: NMDA; Morphosis; Weiss/Manfredi; Kengo Kuma; and SANAA.