Parametric design has become a common method for aesthetic skin patterning, but the tendency of parametricism to communicate primarily through dichotomies often goes undefined. Proposed is a project on the U Street corridor in Washington, DC in which a skin of varying porosity forms chance encounters with the dualities of interior and exterior, light and shadow, movement and stasis. Ultimately the product of a study between the dualities of a residential program with a program more public (studio/art space), the proposed building enhances difference in a variety of ways. A mass of brick residential space sits on a delicate glass gallery and fronts public space with a stack of public studios. Restrained platonic forms allow the parametric pattern to emerge as a signifier of contemporary design strategies.
DATE: Fall 2013
LOCATION: Washington, DC