Los Angeles, CA 2012

800 Alameda St.
Instructor: Heather Roberge, UCLA

This project is particularly interested in the envelope. The envelope being, in the Modern sense, the instrument by which architecture has defined inside and outside. This project contemplates the potential that the envelope exists autonomously from these definitions of in and out, or figure and ground.

The massing strategy for the site deploys a grid spaced equally at sixty foot intervals, where the figure of the building or 'interior' is conflated with the figure of the void or 'alley' in between. This ambiguity is magnified as the grid shifts from orthogonal geometry to figures which fold and slip past - moving from strong to weak legibility.

Critics: Sylvia Lavin, Greg Lynn, Andrew Zago, Nicholas de Monchaux