University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Jonas COERSMEIER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Andrea YOAS: This project began with a spatial unit that was designed to aggregate in a completely space-filling manner. . . .
These units were then arranged on the site and divided into housing spaces as well as circulation and public spaces on the ground floors. The way that the original spatial units interlocked creates outdoor spaces that wrap into the mass of the building, allowing for the circulation of light and air deep into interior spaces. Smaller, more economical apartments and luxury apartments coexist within the building and share many public amenities like the balcony spaces. Because of its location next to the High Line and the aforementioned public balcony spaces, the project also deals with aspects of exhibitionism and methods of creating privacy.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AY: Alan Turing’s pattern studies, SEM images of crystalline forms, Tom Wiscombe, and Neil Denari.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AY: Reading: Various Architectural Design (AD) magazines, Pamphlet Architecture, and John Steinbeck, East of Eden. Listening to: First Aid Kit, Taking Back Sunday, and Chill Hits on Spotify. Watching: American Horror Story, True Detective, and TGR ski films.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AY: Morphosis; Tom Wiscombe; COOP Himmelb(l)au; Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA); Diller Scofidio + Renfro; SHoP; and Asymptote Architecture.