destabilize to bolster

       what if....

                what we want to hide/are not comfortable with/are not aware of...

                                                                                             becomes our mainstream?

WashU Fall 2016

seventh semester/

degree project

prof. Antonio Sanmartin

starting point: The project is an exploration of a dialogue of identities. It researches how presence of differences complements their interaction. Conversation happens within a certain space-time frame. This one starts to exist in a frame of reference of its site, the city and history / memory.

Tools: Rhinoceros, Vray,

           AutoCAD, Illustrator, 

           Climate Consultant,

           hand model building

program: It addresses sexual health of public and an individual through two approaches:

that of observing sex as an opportunity for entertainment and play, and that of sex as a source of trauma, anxiety, unease,ignorance...


Prime goal is to provide a self-reflective experience that makes one feel more at ease and embracing sexual preferences, identity, and overall personality, both individually and socially.

Type: community 

Program: performance + counselling

Location: Academy, St. Louis, USA

Area: 43,500sf ~ 4,000m2

site: It is a reaction to a set of anomalies: of

Hodiamont breaking the grid, Union separating

two grids, strip of large educational buildings

influencing spatial scales, etc.

strategy + meaning: Through spatial, scale-less studies of sections I am examining different dynamics and moments of a conversation of different entities. These moments are translated into spaces with assigned programs. As sections are finding their place on the site plan, and become more specific, intentions for structure and tectonics start to emerge: spaces dedicated to entertainment are heavy, anchored to specificity of the site, and spaces for counselling are lightweight and part of Hodiamont and the city itself. 
Again, a conversation of two identities: anchored and wandering, the latter blurring the boundary of the site. 

Concept
Concept

dialogue of identities within a reference frame (site - city - history)

Concept
Concept

model

City scale
City scale

turning an abandoned streetcar rail into a pedestrian trail

Scale shifts + site
Scale shifts + site
Dialogues 2
Dialogues 2

museum board - metal mesh

Phase transitions
Phase transitions

Snapshots of an animation

Adjancies
Adjancies
Dialogues
Dialogues

dialogue - space

Program distribution on site
Program distribution on site
Program distribution model
Program distribution model

foam core, paper, acrylic board, wire, pins

Program distribution model
Program distribution model

foam core, paper, acrylic board, wire, pins

Programs overlapping
Programs overlapping
Site ambiance
Site ambiance
Site model
Site model

1/64" foam, paper, MDF, fabric, metal mesh

Site mapping
Site mapping

surface temperature

Site plan
Site plan

1/64

Program + circulation
Program + circulation

study model 1/32: chip board, metal mesh, paper, basswood

Plans + Elevations
Plans + Elevations
Sectional progressions
Sectional progressions
Structural systems
Structural systems
1/8" section
1/8" section
1/4" section
1/4" section
1/4" section
1/4" section

detail

1/4" section
1/4" section

detail

study of mesh transparencies
study of mesh transparencies
materializing the mesh
materializing the mesh