AC-CA International Design Competition, 2012
Project Team: Kyle Miller with Brian Richter and Jordan Hines (Visualization)
This proposal for the New Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires features a collection of bundled, soft forms. The aggregation strategy calls attention to the individual building volumes and simultaneously creates a singular, composed structure that fronts the adajcent canal. The design concept of “Thick Skin” is two-fold. Conceptually, the envelope of this design proposal rethinks the role of ornamentation in contemporary architecture. The pattern of the facade panels and the periodic formal inversions deny recognition of scale, allowing the formal attributes of creasing and folding to be highlighted. This virtual performance for the eye is paired with the physical performance of the thick skin as a thermal barrier and programmatic, spatial organizer. In prioritizing the strategic pairing of sophisticated materiality and elegant form with new
technologies associated with design and making, the design celebrates the promise of contemporary architecture.
AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition, AIA Headquarters, Washington D.C., March/April 2013