Author : Adrian Lim

University : University of California of Los Angeles

Status : BArch1, 2012

Advisor : Neil Denari

Title : Aerated Frame

“Within one of the busiest and most culturally complex areas of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Plaza Market is a project that will provide another important spatial and programmatic element to a popular district that already includes Union Station and the historic Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Although the site is now one of an assembly of a parking lots along Cesar Chavez Boulevard, and thus typically regarded as a “dead” space, its immediate context is extremely vibrant and colorful.

As a means to convert the site into a surface/space that integrates and connects people and programs, the market project will explore the techniques of long span structure and the vertical coordination of layers/fields of discrete programmatic needs.” Neil Denari

This project is interested in (1) the explosion and perversion of conventional structural systems – timber roof truss structures – to create efficient new tectonics and spacial effects, and (2) close observations of site conditions and adjacencies that would inform formal manipulations, circulation patterns.

While the repetition of structural members are typically hidden, this project sees the possibility of an architectural intervention within this rigid repetition through which a series of manipulations start to inform the transition from the kind of primitive construction vernacular to that of fluid geometry and affect. This transition is mediated by shifts in material (joinery systems, hierarchy of structural members) and atmosphere (aeration through shifting densities of light creating a spectrum of openness and enclosure)

The project is organized such that it mimics and amplifies the linearity of the Olvera Street Market experience and maximizes accessibility from adjacent events and landmark. The porosity of ribs create tangential penetrability, or lateral migration, at the certain moments, in an otherwise one way system.

This highly articulated “structure” now activates the site and creating dynamic pedestrian urban spaces.