Add and Divide: building from facades

This studio aims to posit new spatial and constructive types for new mass timber materials in Chicago, the city where the structural frame of the building and its enclosure began their historical divergence. It has become an axiom that architecture exists at the intersection of the material and the social: experiments in structure and construction can lead to new architectural orders, new forms of organization, and thus new forms of sociability. 


Analysis of Post office Loop Chicago Station: The depth of glass facades

The research focuses on the depth of the glass facades. It is a thin layer of solid glass that separates interior and exterior. At the same time, the visual boundary of the glass extends to adjacent streets, as well as buildings behind the viewers through reflection.

Re-design of Post 0ffice in mass timber

The new arrangement of the timber structure columns draws orders from the other two buildings in the federal complex to form a new set of relationships within the post office. The connection between the post office and tall buildings are not limited to visual but extend to structural relations. Further, by introducing vertical solids to the building volume, it establishes dynamic layers visual permeability.


Facades inhabitation: Art museum and artist studio

The programs of the project are artist studio and art museum. The project intends to create a dialog between the production and presentation of art through interweaving vertical and horizontal facades.

The two programs, art studio, and museum are merging from two needs: the need of collective artist studio environment in an urban setting, and the need for change in perception of contemporary museum space. 

Contemporary museum is no longer a precious box sits on a grand plaza. It can be high-rise, to create more interaction with city vertically. Artist studio is a space provide artist legible working environment in an urban setting, and a shared community among artists cross-discipline. Two programs bond together into a system of programmatic and visual connections. It creates a space of movement, connection, and collaboration through a set of facades

View of artists studio, looking towards the art museum through window.

View of art museum, surrounds by facades that host artist studio.


Facades as structure: mass timber tall building

Interweaving grid system from plan extends as both structure and wall. Different floor to ceiling height of each set of structure creates different volume of space for artist studio to host various needs of the working environment. Museum floors are a set of horizontal grid system inserted into the vertical grid of artist studio. The building is constructed through a horizontally and vertically interlocking grid system.

Section drawing resembles the structural grid in plan. Museum floors at the center are suspended from the columns of studio space on the sides. Each floor performs individually to accommodate the needs of various floor heights, as well as establish a visual connection between programs.

Facades as display

Facades are used as both active and staged display. Glass facades are expansive visual boundaries that project and reflect activities both interior and exterior. It becomes a billboard for artists to display and perform their works through the facades of architecture. It transforms the tradition of the art production and exhibition in a contemporary highrise city. The facades create a new set of relationship between artist studio and art museum; display and viewing; and extend to the network within the city beyond.

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