critic: Michael MEREDITH.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jacob COMERCI: A layering of competing organizational systems produces the groundwork for a new collective live/work space in Princeton. Each of these systems supports an organizational logic distinct from its neighbor’s. When these systems intersect, a negotiation is made between contrasting organizational schemes forming an architectural compromise.
These compromises produce a variety of architectural effects which any one system would be incapable of achieving. Kidney shaped studio apartments are arranged on a highly regimented ten foot column diagrid which interrupts an otherwise regular circulation path through the collective living room. Similarly, while the columns are not present in the units themselves, the beams above pass through the units with little to no regard for their points of intersection through the unit’s walls.
The negotiations of these systems form spatial conditions which begin to suggest opportunities for peculiar user scenarios. One can imagine a resident whose desire to escape his partner leads him to a place of respite on the far side of the building, hidden away in a remote, irregularly shaped niche between two studio apartments. More pragmatically, the intersection of beams through the studio under the unit’s oculus produce unique lighting conditions. This phenomenon can also provide the framework for a new exercise routine or a place to hang plants. In this way, the intersection of systems creates both an active and passive conditioning of space for the users, where individuals are encouraged to both creatively inhabit the building as well as be directed through the space in ways unique to these architectural compromises.
In the vein of Archizoom’s No-Stop City, there are pertinent political implications to the flattening of all systems onto a single plane. Regardless of form, scale, color, material or other effect, the continuous flattened plane equalizes each element as a new kind of field condition comprised not as the sum of its parts, but rather as a series of negotiated wholes to form a greater, compromised sum. Like an architectural I-Spy, regardless of how articulated a single element might be, it’s adjacency to a host of other equally-treated components dissolves its once-presumed importance.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JC: Michael Meredith, Jimenez Lai, and my classmates at Princeton SoA.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JC: Still hopelessly hacking away at Wallace’s Infinite Jest . . .
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JC: Alex Katz, MOS.
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