Fractured Veins

Luke Prifogle (website), Dane Stokes (website)
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Arch 602 Design Studio
Faculty: Hina Jamelle (website), Daniel Brodkin (website), Matt Jackson (website)

This project focuses on re-imagining the way large mixed use structures can be organized. Typically differing programs are stacked vertically, discouraging interaction between different occupants and limiting the type of spaces available. What if however, we view the programmatic assignment of a building as a gradient rather than a stack? What if programmatic typologies hybridized and formed new multi-programmatic spaces? These theories of space development drove the formation of this tower located in SoHo New York.

Large open commercial spaces are allowed to cross pollinate with closed, intimate, residential spaces, forming hybridized living conditions where all types of residents can find the perfect and unique space that perfectly fulfills their respective needs.

Vertical veins of structure flow through this gradient of program, stimulating programmatic change and spatial dynamism. A steel exoskeleton shares the load of the building with a concrete core to facilitate an open, column-less floor plate, further allowing the inhabitable spaces to adapt to their required form.

Lines of structure that break up the facade act as veins that fracture the massing of the building. The transition of program from commercial to residential takes place along these fractures, mixing the program of the building in a new way. The veins respond to these transitions, along with the facade. The fractures cut into the building, creating a relationship of facade to interior of the building.

By pairing a strategy of gradated program assignment with hybridized structural systems we begin to understand that the true personal tailoring of a typically anonymous building typology has become attainable. 

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