Location: New York, New York.
Area: 70,000 square feet
"Shape is all the geometrical information that remains when location, scale and rotational effects are filtered out from an object" - David George Kendall
The objective of Michael Meredith's (MOS Architects) studio entitled “Mediums” was to investigate “medium specificity” in architecture. The studio’s basic premise was that “the problems of medium speciﬁcity can be addressed by exacerbating multiple medium speciﬁcities into impure, awkward, and paradoxical recombinations.” We were asked to select mediums that are seemingly incompatible and attempt to reconcile them in the design of a church sited at the southern end of the High Line Park in Manhattan. In this project, shape and logo are employed to create a scheme that is simultaneously figural and flat.
Location: Union Square, New York City
Area: 325 square feet
Client: St. Louis Washington University
Status: First place in Competition
Temporary Building to Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Sukkot -This design proposes to mediate personal worship and celebration of the Sukkot with the community at large.
Like a traditional Sukkah, this proposal uses humble materials and expedient construction techniques in keeping with the temporary and cyclical nature of this celebration. As with tradition, the structure merges with its environment, adapting to its context to provide enclosed intimate space as well as incorporating its surroundings.
Three piano hinges connect the 4 components of the Sukkah and allow the 10’ by 16’ footprint to expand and fulfill a more public role. This possibility of being reconfigured heightens the understanding of the traditional Sukkah’s temporality, in that throughout the Sukkot, the space can adapt to the needs of its inhabitants and the larger community. This proposal fully embraces the traditions of the Sukkot while engaging the city with Jewish culture, celebration and design.