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  • Fire Station 1


    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    Univesity of Michigan
    critics: McLain CLUTTER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    IAN KEMLER: This project re – presents these elements by eliding man, machine, and ornament through transparency.


    This project is a response to the over exhausted use of beauxs arts and modernism to represent institutional architecture.

    Where beauxs arts relies upon heavy ornament to communicate institutional values, modernist transparency relies upon the people and functions to define its facade. Formally, the fire station is comprised of stratified floor plates purposefully sacrificing aesthetic continuity between levels to heighten the reading of programmatic optimization. A network of superimposed “piping” lends a machine-like quality that functions to connect the isolated floor plates both structurally and mechanically. The high relief ornament articulating the surface of the interior walls works to amplify the machine aesthetic.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    IK: “Image / Degradation” by OFF-OFF, “Speculative Duplicity” by Zach Beale, “OBJECT REDUX: SWEEP” by Abby Stock

    sP:What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    IK: Reading: “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal” by Colin Rowe; Robert Slutzky, “The un-private house” by Terrence Riley. Watching: Brazil

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    IK: SsD, NADAAA, X+Living, T+E+A+M

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