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Contingent Gramophone

 
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CONTINGENT GRAMOPHONE

 

Washington university
St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Date:
2012

Type:
steedman fellowship international design competiton

Jury:
craig dykers, Brad cloepfil,
sarah Dunn, martin Felsen

Status:
completed


 

Contingent Gramophone mediates the incongruent spatial conditions of the Washington University in St. Louis campus while announcing the creative production of the Graduate Schools of Art and Architecture.

 
 

 
 

 
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CONCEPT

 

Contingent Gramophone mediates the incongruent spatial conditions of the Washington University in St. Louis campus while announcing the creative production of the Graduate Schools of Art and Architecture. Linked to the site through materiality and form, the build­ing creates a twisting network of spatial relationships. An insulated knot of pro­gram radiates outward to announce cre­ative production with the presence of form, media and sound. Courtyards and atria puncture the building’s mass for air and light while creating spaces for land­scape, exhibition and production.

Hewn from reclaimed and locally-sourced limestone, the form mediates between the Collegiate Gothic campus buildings and the current art and ar­chitecture buildings. Created from vari­ous sizes of stone panels, the esoteric facade pattern evidences the circum­stances of its reused materiality. This effect is created through optimized fab­rication of ruled surfaces with mostly flat stone shapes. The structural frame sup­porting the stone sets the orientation of continuous lines while the contingent widths of reclaimed panels create varia­tions in the striations of the cladding.

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PLANS

 
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