Every architecture student, designer, and artist, has projects that they just can not put down. This is one of my on going projects. Through out the years, I have always come back to it, tinkered with it, and used a discovery in another project. Somehow, this project, has persisted, never being resolved, always changing. I have used it as a playground for thought, testing new ideas, in weird ways. Pushing and pulling the pieces, until a new form is born.
On the Water is one of the first architectural design projects I started at Rhode Island School of Design, and has continued to be one of my favorites to return to. The project was proposed right on the water, just a few blocks from the RISD Architecture studio. The project imagined an academic facility to be developed on an empty lot, over looking a picturesque, New England view.
From the beginning, I wanted to project to have a physical interaction with the water, imitating the abandoned piers just downstream of the the site.
The massing model was made by dividing a cube into three planes, and then manipulating those planes to create circulation.
The first design shows the undulating planes interacting with the water.