St. Louis, Missouri, USA
steedman fellowship international design competiton
craig dykers, Brad cloepfil,
sarah Dunn, martin Felsen
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.
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.