Student Housing
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Adam Fure

Form is integrated and multi-layered work as a result of the process, whereas perception of form is intuitive. Form is directly visible elements of architecture that are defined as a configuration of an object. However, there are two more interpretations of form that requires an understanding of spatial stakes: (1) conceptual form as an abstract organization of elements, (2) procedural form as a process of formation.

Rock & Wave is a pair of student housing project reflecting the process of physical formation with metaphorical actions(impact, shake, shear, shift, fold, rotate, etc.) and digital operations(copy, paste, offset, scale, intersect, split, etc.) that embodies abstract relationships(geometry, proportion, symmetry, solid/void, figure/ground, part-to-whole, etc.) and architectural entities(floors, walls, windows, corners, columns, roofs, stairs, etc.).

Generative Diagram_Solid(Rock) Generative Diagram_Void(Wave)

External forces applied to the site carve rocks out of the ground and generate overlapped voids with sporadic waves. The boolean operation, digitally removing void out of solid massing, reveals physical entities of architecture such as structural columns, stepped floors, various shapes of windows, curved ceilings, etc. 
Model (1:25)

Plan 2F

Section A-A

Two types of graphics are applied to the building; images of internal void spaces are orthographically projected on exterior surfaces; light through the shaped window leaves momentary trajectory. While two buildings leaning each other and sharing one pathway form connected community, sunken spaces on the side of each building provides independent character. Linear marks of the external force on the site implicate expandability through the connection with other units.


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