Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA 2010

Boxing Center
Instructor: Craig Hodgetts, FAIA

Tautness in architecture is a vehicle that delivers the external limits of a building through the force that contains - or restrains, as Colin Rowe writes - it’s internal contents.(1) This tension is dramatized by evenly distributed flatness, or smoothness, of the envelope.

In this context, this project reconsiders the tension of the external limit as it pulls it’s outermost skin back into the spaces which it is meant to contain. As the internal force is recorded on the surface by the resulting cracks, tautness is generated through irregularity and unevenness rather than smoothness.

This conception of tautness disturbs the reading of the building’s external limit, which produces new readings of atmospheric and physical depth.


1_ Rowe, Colin 1989. The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays . The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England . pg 13