This studio project focus on the analogic method with a conceptual trigger: “Architecture that makes, erases and remakes parts of itself while morphing the remade parts and taking the program along for a ride.” Two sequences of transforming images of a transformer robot initiate a groundwork of drawing that generates potential spatial qualities. With various materials and styles of illustration, the groundwork also suggests a possible site for the project: an edge condition of a bay. As the Chesapeake Bay becomes the site for the project, the context of fishing and leisure activities provides the ideas for programs that the spatial qualities of the drawing could engage: a fish market and a hotel. The floating structure of the fish market continuously changes its form following the market condition. It has designated sections for the different fish caught in the bay, and each section provides market space for the shifting containers of fishing boats that move around following the location of specific fish in the bay area. Also, the exterior surface of the hotel provides shell beds with the ebb and flow of the tide. It keeps changing as the shells are cultivated and consumed by the hotel guests simultaneously.
Type: Design Studio, Taubman Collage of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Studio Instructor: Perry Kulper