Daly, Kovacs, Sharif
412 Building Design Studio
The studio project assumes that the buildings along the Venice Boulevard edge will be demolished and that the current parking will be reallocated to a nearby site on the southeast corner of National and Washington Boulevards.
Program GSF: 132,000 sf +/-
Given the building’s large scale, its function as a center of artistic production and consumption and location at a busy urban intersection, questions of monumentality and the artful inter-relationships between the arts, architecture and the city were part of the conceptual project development and helped guide organizational and structural logics. The locus of such speculation began with precedent studies as well as planimetric grid studies (field of columns), that framed compositional underpinnings of 3-dimensional matrices pushing space, structure and form beyond mere extrusion.
Given the temperate climate, a program based on short-term exhibition and overlapping uses, and the quarter’s emphasis on structural matrices, building envelopes were to be conceived as lightweight assemblies integrating high degrees of transparency, natural ventilation and perimeter adaptability. While not precluding the potential for monolithic character and expression, the tectonic emphasis was on lightness rather than mass.
Students were also asked to consider flexibility, modularity, repetition and difference and to develop hierarchies of primary, secondary and tertiary tectonic and planning systems.
Guest Critics: Georgina Hjulich, Narineh Mirzaeian, Hitoshi Abe, Neil Denari, Anna Neimark, Gustave Heully, Greg Otto, Michael Osman, Jonah Rowen and Roger Sherman.