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  • Baryatric Caryatids

    Kinch, "Baryatric Caryatids." Exterior perspective, rendering.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Kinch: This proposal for a new library in Copenhagen explores the use of figurative elements in multiple performative scales to produce an architecture that defies totalistic readings.

    (sampled) image: Rachel RUYSCH.

    In response to a cultural shift towards the narcissistic and the production of self-referential portraiture, this project looks to reintroduce the human figure into the material of the built environment. Leaning less on the deformation of the figure explored by Francis Bacon and more on the affective dissonance created by Hieronymus Bosch through the positioning of empathetic figures in situations and positions outside of societal norms, anthropomorphic bodies self-organize into space-defining and structural configurations. The primary figures become bloated to produce thick spatial separation, and simultaneously thin to produce athletic columns. The ground floor moves between hypostyle and poché-based spaces while eschewing a clear delineation between the two conditions. A secondary scale of figures allows the bodies to mutate, branching their limbs to better produce both structural frames and surface-responsive ornamentation. The erosion of the partial volume of the building in conjunction with the other systems produces an aesthetic that deifies singular readings as the building transitions, depending on the position of the occupant, between apparent noise and strong systemic coherence.

    Additional credits and links:
    [Studio Kinch]

    Principal M. Casey Rehm
    Design team: Kellan Cartledge

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