INDIVIDUAL STUDIO PROJECT (WINTER 2017)
considering the strength of Mies' Neue Nationgalerie as a figure and icon, how does one deal with an addendum to this work? how can we adapt the existing language in a contemporary exploration? one way to do so is to focus on the 2-part contrast of the Neue Nationalgalerie. this is a project that is deeply interested in dichotomy- it takes the contrasting languages of Mies 2-storey stacked project (A+B) and translates it into a 2-part landscape (A|B).
the glass living room of the Neue Nationalgalerie (A), evolves into the glassy bubblescape on the south end of the building. the basement floor’s stable grid (B) finds new life in the Berlin perimeter block with it’s agitated roof structure. the dichotomy between the two halves of the building is established through the plan figure, elevation, and overall volumes.
and yet the dichotomies are less rigid than the existing language. A’ and B’ elements find themselves crossing over a tensionless membrane where the two structures meet – a delirious in-between when the lack of contrast is highest. at the far ends of the structure we have the clearest idea of contrast while in the center we find a sense of ambiguity.
critic: mohamed sharif