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  • New Haven Basilica

    Adam WAGONER & Raphael DE LA FONTAINE, "New Haven Basilica."
    new haven CONNECTICUT

    YSOA
    critics: Peter EISENMAN & Miroslava BROOKS.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Adam WAGONER & Raphael DE LA FONTAINE: This project critically reconsidered the cultural and formal role and significance of a Catholic church in today’s world.

    The church’s original agenda was to capture and manipulate existing public space in order to assert its place within the community. We critiqued this idea by creating a mat building which represented its own urban reality between the two distinct neighborhood rationalities surrounding it. Within this rational, homogeneous, apartment building we carved irrational, heterogeneous sacred spaces.

    Through the juxtaposition of regular against irregular, the intuitive against the rational, the project negotiates the idealistic notion of democracy as seen with a non-hierarchical building type and the ideological notion of sacrality associated with intuition and the irrational. The mat building surrounding the sacred spaces, recaptures the church and by that reveals a new type of interdependency between the church and the public.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AW & RF: Piranesi, Le Corbusier, Candilis-Josic-Woods, Rowe, and Eisenman.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AW & RF: Decartes, Eliade, und Derrida.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AW & RF: Only If, Independent Architecture, Tatiana Bilbao, Powerhouse, SO-IL, 359 Design, Oppenheim Architecture, and Frank Gehry.

    Additional credits and links:
    [rawagoner.com]
    [rafidlf.com]

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