Assignment 3 – Paul

Architecture is a machine, an algorithm, an instrument that is employed in an attempt to prescribe normative space. In this interaction humans become both input and operator, being consumed by the building and consuming through it. The spa attempts to unfold this dialectic into a linear procession from engine room to cathedral, from the practical to the sublime, from Centre Pompidou to Amiens. Literally lifted off the ground the building creates a vacuum in which its users are able to navigate gradients of transparency and functionality, becoming increasingly obscure as  they ascend the structure. The building’s tripartite Aristotelian division suggests a narrative that opposes and complements the adjacent place of worship. Its auxiliary program, a library, provides a place of contemplation and respit that fractures the linear progression of the remaining building and ultimately gives expression to the irreducible dialectic the building as a whole attempts to circumscribe.

Assignment 2 – Part A – Paul

Project 1.3


Opened just two years ago, in fall 2013, as a public bath and library, the building situated on W Houston St lifted off into the night sky last evening according to eye witness reports. Critics had already questioned its merit as a functional building when it first opened due to its unusual exterior but now it is becoming increasingly clear that the construction served as a covert operation for inhabitants of  planet X-2138-PF9 to return to their mother ship. The U.S. government at the time of writing was not available for further comment. A city spokesperson said that he could neither deny nor confirm a possible involvement of the Franciscan Briar church situated just next door that has been suspected to be involved with alien operations for over a decade now.

Assignment 1 – Paul

Calatrava CoverCalatrava St. Johns Spread 01Calatrava St. Johns Spread 02

This book, published in 1991, exclusively contains pictures of models, drawings and sketches. The absence of photographs of buildings adds a sense of abstractness and removes it from the real world. From the visual language, it is unclear whether we are just looking at polemic paper architecture or actual building proposals. The figure ground relationship is inverted on the pages showing models as the black background off the page and the black background of the model photographs blend into each other. Regarding the title of the book ‘dynamic equilibrium’ it is interesting to see how balanced and symmetrical the spreads are laid out.