COLUMBIA GSAPP | CRITIC: WILLIAM ARBIZU | FALL 2016
INTERWEAVE | ABOVE & BELOW
Abstracting human and traffic movements on the ground plane, the project creates slits to allow interaction of above and below ground.
DYNAMIC FLOW | GROUND vs underground
The four corner exits acts as subtle intervention on the ground plane. Long slits introduce light and movements to below ground, breaking the boundary above and below. All entrances are connected to meet above the train track, forming a intertwine of flows and movements. Corridors are activated by dynamic movements in forms of shadows.
By controlling the slits positions, sunlight captures the shadow of pedestrians and cars. This brings the dynamic movement above ground into the space below, activating the underground corridors.
NATURE | SEASON
Existing trees and lampposts contribute in sculpting the underground experience. The seasonal light angle (winter vs summer) varies the object shadows being captured onto the walls of the subway hallway (summer sunlight casts the shadow of the tree versus winter sunlight casts the movements of cars on the road.
Lighting transforms through the time of the day. During the day, the sun moves across from East to the West, capturing light from opposite sides. At night, light from existing lampposts is reflected to light up underground dark conditions. At the same time, artificial light glows from below and diffuse to street level, blurring the boundaries of different levels.
The design executes with minimal interventions, involving cut outs on ground and intervention of the existing roof infrastructure, such as the phone kiosk.