The site of the Library for City Island rests behind a row of bungalows on King Avenue. The regularity of size and repetition of the bungalows provide a well-established sense of scale that is applicable to the island as a whole and can be used to inform the library’s design. However, the form of the library emerge by disrupting that pattern and realigning the three bungalows closest to the site. This operation opened fissures in the landscape that provide the volume used to house the various functions of the library. An armature was then developed to both support the fissures and provide a series of anchors onto which elements of the library can latch. More images after the break.
Emergent Systems is an attempt to find an architectural logic latent in a model material, in this case rigid vinyl sheets. Through simple manipulations of cellular units of this material, structure, enclosure and volumes can be found and created over aggregated conditions.
The Tiber Institute is a think tank devoted to the discussion and research of water conservation. The city of Rome has always understood the value of water both as a necessity for life as well as an element of spectacle. The institute’s site, the Forum Boarium near the Tiber River, opened the opportunity to provide a museum for the Cloaca Maxima, Rome’s ancient sewer system.