The Houston Library and Exhibition Complex is the second installment in the initiation of dynamic architectural proposals for Houston, Texas and the greater development of ideas for American cities. The design functions along multiple trajectories of display corridors and library storage to interpolate exhibition with an expanded book collection for international reading and research.
By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition, it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions. This manifests within moments of extrapolation through tectonic massing and circulation. Within the radiating tectonic corridors there also is included smaller botanical gardens.
The site sits along the axis of Hardy and Burnett St. just north of the downtown center. A vacant -underdeveloped lot and community that is need of an influx injection regarding an economic stimulus in the form of icon urban dynamism. The library – exhibition hall with park and botanical landscaping can transform the area into a destination point within Houston for cultural exchange, civic activities, and research.
The architectural tectonics shift, bundle, radiate, and project upward in flight to create nodes of complexity in the form of tessellated metallic shells with varied glass façades.This strategy transforms the internal poly-function into a stealth metallic body which carries a meaning signature of a craft of departure, which manifests its conceptual synthesis. It also includes a series of green roofs, led walls, and a labyrinth for digital projections.
In the ongoing discussions concerning the renovation of American cities and new developments for both business and culture, the current proposal is an intervention in the reshaping of Houston, Texas’ downtown area. The proposal is an instigation for an iconic set of towers that encourages and amplifies Houston’s international businesses and ongoing urban development.
Part of the scheme is more than just an iconic set of towers but a development of modern residential and commercial towers, along with a state-of-the-art luxury shopping mall located at Houston’s downtown center, across the sports stadium. The idea is to modernize the current cityscape and promote a stronger urban presence with high-end living/working environments and luxury shopping.
Its purpose for modernization is to encourage a more dynamic living and working environment, and promote current business while attracting new business to be part of the new revitalized city center. Houston, Texas has many robust economic sectors and a high living standard, but with a new iconic node within Houston’s landscape, it can help strengthen its development and potential future.
The conceptual design for shanghai is a theoretical exercise in thematic processes, an investigation into architectural language as a lexical device governed by thematic parameters and syntactical structures. The lexicon is rather a series of architectural devices and tectonics composed as an interface for a subject and object experiencer. These tectonics thread through an arrangement of digital art and light sculptures as a syntax of meaning and definition to the overarching architecture.
By choosing a site in Shanghai next to one of its largest art communities (M50), the lexicon takes on a more complicated system of thematic roles, in terms of urbanism, communities, and art-architecture relationships. Experimental art in the form of light and projection become mediators within the urban context as well as the architectural interface. When integrated, a manifestation of events and experience arise. The syntax correlation of the art coordinates, or gives an ordering to the diverse tectonic assembly.
The tower and exhibition hall is a proposal for Hong Kong’s Kai Tak development, an airport landing strip that will be reclaimed into the city as a new cultural, business, and residential district. The tower is an expression of fluid movement that manifests into a series of folds, creases, and a bifurcation of massing creating a dual tower.
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