critic: Elena MANFERDINI.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Smita LUKOSE: The contextualism of a building in an urban environment gives it identity. Set in Downtown Los Angeles, this thesis takes cues from its surroundings, and turns it into another form. Fitting In aims to reveal moments of visual synthesis and continuity across a building’s facades in relation to its context.
From a catalog of silhouettes extracted and altered from existing L.A. rooftops, profiles are projected and reflected off of existing buildings to influence two new forms. In doing so, the project utilizes common setbacks, similar fenestration sizes and aligning heights across adjacent facades.
The towers are read as an autonomous material, which through its intricacies reveals a gradient from porosity at the base to a solid silhouette at the rooftop. Through layering of the skin, patterns are no longer skin deep, but are rather a visual effect to perceive depth at multiple scales. The two rooftops are unique, yet work in tangent with each other to be read as a third profile from a distance in the city.
This thesis is set at a time when L.A. is entering a phase of new building codes and zoning restrictions. The project addresses how L.A.’s skyline is poised to change in the future, by bringing a new relatable figure into its otherwise indiscriminate skyline.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SL: Mies Weave by Atelier Manferdini.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SL: Reading Alejandro Zaera Polo “The Politics of the Envelope.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SL: The works of UrbanLab and Bureau Spectacular.