Author : David Hurtado

University : Woodbury School of Architecture

Status : BArch, 2013

Advisors : Ewan Branda, Eric Olsen

Title : Dissolution and Coherence | Interrogating the space between the object and field

Architecture is often thought of as a coherent object whose unity distinguishes it from its context. In contrast, this project for an Ocean Current Research Station on the Cabrillo Beach peninsula proposes an ephemeral entity that announces itself as a series of visual impressions. It explores the coalescence of object and field through the use of fiberglass strands that allow the building to dissolve into its context, challenging the object’s solidity.

As the strands are stretched over the building’s skeletal structure, varied visual densities are created in response to the program within. This fiberglass field matrix contains all of the building’s services, which are revealed in glimpses through the translucent envelope. The result is the dissolution of the object into an ephemeral field of infrastructure that blurs the threshold between interior and exterior.

Concentrated Clarity

Conceived of as not only a conceptual strategy, the densification of a singular illustrative strategy, the line, allowed for the creation of a series of drawings that explore the concept of creating diversity within a homogeneous system.

As the details manifest closer readings of the drawings, it becomes apparent to the viewer that this densification creates a system of endless interpretations, as each drawing at various scales reveals delicate points within the series of complex lines. Within these moments, the viewer gains another vantage point into the drawing, allowing the drawing to emerge as a layered system.

Dimensional Mitigation

Clarifying the various layers within the project comes through a series of axonometrics that go beyond the plane of the paper with the assistance of thread. As the thread is applied over the drawing at corresponding heights, a new drawing is created, a drawing that separates the layers into a hierarchical system. Both partial moirés and optical distortions manifest the striated layers within the project, creating drawings that go beyond the 2-dimensional space we are accustomed to and instead belong to the realm of 2.5-D.

Blurred Boundaries

The creation of the building through the use of fine strands of fiberglass allows the visual reading of the building to be in constant question:  Whether or not you are within an interior space or an exterior space? Whether or not the building acts as an architectural object or a field? At what point do the strands become planar and at what point are they a visually layered system?