Program / NASA Student Research Center
Location / Houston, TX - Johnson Space Center
Featured / Rice Architecture
Collaborator / JP Jackson
NASA as an institution lacks an architectural identify reflective of its larger cultural ambitions. Dark Matters exploits the tension between edge and curve by engaging a diagram of deformation. Enabled by the fixities of deformation, the original figure is paired with its opposite, producing an inverse sectional relationship. The resultant object is both singular and stacked, denying visually tangible relationships, but allowing for perceptible understood allegiances. Varying planimetric types are linked sectionally through the stepped occupation of part to whole. The logic of deformation persists to the surface, realizing a curvature that places the envelope en pointe. The envelope operates to heighten the coupling of figures and promote the overall reading of the building form as both singular and stacked, ingraining each surface with a movement and directionality. The logic of application produces a super texture that employs a type of bookmatching, creating linkages at moments of connection and evoking an implied, albeit false continuity. The envelope works to embed the building with a gravity, propelling publics and generating a new image of lift and otherworldly exploration for NASA.
Studio Critic: Andrew Colopy