Motivated by the desire to occupy the SCI-Arc gallery in a way that exploits the spatial potential of the existing venue, this Oyler Wu Collaborative installation argues for an expanded relationship between tectonic expression and functional performance. The installation proposes a vertical circulation system linking the floor level of the gallery to the catwalk above. In conventional systems of vertical circulation, numerous components are assembled together, with each performing a specific function, for example, guardrail, handrail, tread and risers, and stringer.
This segregated tectonic formula leaves little room for consideration of the kind of fluid spatial and tectonic implications that might result from a more collective consideration of the parts. Often relegated to pure functional use, the fundamental architectural element presented in this installation is a testing ground for weaving together a multitude of architectural ideas, ranging from the manipulation of light, geometry, and structure to, of course, vertical circulation. Conceived of first as a series of light modulators, each architectural element requires a progressive manipulation in order to negotiate the required performance criteria. The project is aimed at suggesting a more expanded definition of architectural elements, one that knows no boundaries between the simple functions they perform, and the more intangible results that they evoke.
Project Design Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Fayez Ahdab, Phillip Cameron, Matt Evans, Jian Huang, Huy Le, Erik Mathiesen