critics: David RUY with Stefano PASSERI.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jacob HARTZELL & Gregory INGALLS: A glitch within architecture can be achieved (and in our minds most successfully achieved) by copying. Doubling of an object estranges both the copy and its original. We used the process of copying as a strategy to create obscene results.
Upon receiving our site, The Forum des Halles in Paris, France, our first move was to copy the Pompidou Center across the site in a rough massing that created a courtyard, a facade toward the courtyard, and a facade toward the city. Much of our focus throughout the semester was on creating an inhabitable facade. Layering and depth were two of the reasons for initial interest in the Pompidou Center; we wanted our building to take this notion to the next level. It becomes a facade that mimics the Pompidou from the outside, but has a different look on the inside—one never is certain when one stops and the other begins.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JH & GI: Detail Fetishism: Designing from Small to Large. Also, many component-driven designs like Piano + Rogers’s Pompidou Centre, SHoP’s FIT C2, and Asymptote Architecture’s Steel Cloud.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JH & GI: Watching The Centrifuge Brain Project and Cédric Delsaux’s hyperreal cityscapes, along with all five seasons of The Wire.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JH & GI: Herzog & de Meuron, SHoP, Asymptote Architecture, and Morphosis.