Sorrell, Geoffrey D
Master of Architecture
The intent of this thesis is to use architectural techniques to produce a reciprocal and open spatial relationship between the interior program of an institutional building and the external space of the city. To accomplish this a series of architectural techniques are deployed that work at internalizing the space of the city and externalizing the interior of a satellite community college building. The project begins with a degree zero relationship between interior and exterior, i.e. a singular enclosed volume, before making a series of formal operations that utilize the neutrality of the degree zero in order to make explicit the inward city and the ecstatic building. These operations include punched holes which allow the space of the city to move into the building, projecting volumes that push programmed spaces out into the city’s space and external circulation routes that tie together the punched holes and projecting volumes. The result of this process is a dynamic public interface that allows a productive tension between the city moving inward and the building pushing out. Providing the community college with a proper architectural expression that embodies the essential and vital relationship necessary for the institution with the city at large.