This project aims to exemplify and accommodate unprecedented applications of information technology.
Symbiosis of digital media and architectural space results in a kind of cat's cradle situation: reciprocal elements bound in tension.
Two sets of seemingly separate horizontal spaces are toggled such that each appears to be an extraordinarily thick mass from which the other is carved. The structural system is a space frame based on tensegrity, a force field of separate members in compression held apart by cords in continuous tension: anti-gravitational, multidirectional and permutable.
At once episodic and coherent, the totality of spaces and structure is locked in a double bind. It is not dialectical in the ordinary sense of opposing terms, e.g. virtual reality versus three dimensional spatial reality. On the contrary, it involves the coexistence of three-dimensional realities of equal status. Hence, it is hyper-dialectical.
The computer enhances the capacity to introduce complexity, i.e. proportionality, into architecture. Whereas proportion designates a primary arithmetical system, proportionality designates a system of systems or analogue.
The predisposition of architecture toward analogical reasoning and formatting is intensified by the digital medium.
Location: New York, NY
Client: Atelier, John Johnson
Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Team: Preston Scott Cohen (Design), Cameron Wu, Chris Hoxie (Project Team); CR Studio Architects, New York (Associate Architects)