Places meant to serve and connect the community's needs
Castiglion Fiorentino, Toscana, Italy
Italian Arts Center
in order to boost tourism for Castiglion Fiorentino, Joel Thomas Sterling and I looked into the best resource of the town, it's people. Sprawled across the town, seven local artists teach the community and create personally. This center unites the skills of these artisans into a cohesive unit at the intersect of the city's educational facilities and the terminus of the axis of relatively unvisited Etruscan ruins.
This hillside drops thirty meters, mitigated here by the two linear structures which open up to a piazza defined by sculptures and tree groves. These provide access back to the school and towards the train station. Exposed to the upper sunlight, mitigated by the deep beams and micro louver system across the roof, the east bar of the project is utilized as a gallery space for the display of the artists' works.
This project creates a place where any tourist can experience the art of life in Tuscany.
South Congress Austin, TX
In an effort to create healthier lifestyles for young adults, this library investigates the way people learn about books as well as themselves. Through a series of therapeutic rooms interwoven into the sections of library, this public work explores connection to others through offsetting levels.
Flow of spaces from western street face into and through public courtyard to eastern building with seminar spaces and grand stair schemes to connect throughout structures. Constant visual connection to means of vertical transportation allows people to feel able to relax, knowing they'll be safe.
The West Building's quiet reading room with central nook, which reclaims the concept of a hearth as a place of dwelling. While the East Building's child reading area as well as overlook into the teen reading area below for social behavior monitoring.
UT Campus, Austin, TX
Using solar angles to create optimum cooling and heating throughout the year, this project takes life in a faceted concrete skeleton with infill faces of an aerogel paneling. This allows for occupancy while creating ever important safety by utilizing three straight view corridors between each exit.
Photovoltaic panels placed on the concrete beams along the roof collect energy throughout the daylight. During the night, motion activated sensors light up the structure's panels to create safety and an interactive environment.
Downtown Austin, TX
Even in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin surprisingly lacks facilities that cater to the grunge scene its listeners love. This performance center serves to create a place of refugee for the rowdy show goers with a pit of activity, exposed to the highest elements of sun and rain. This project chooses to tie into the urban environment by inviting the common pedestrian in to watch from the street level balcony and enjoy a drink at the bar above.