Between the Contrast: An Architectural Manifesto

Between the Contrast …

of systematic order + intuition

Systematic order provides the underlying geometry and process in which elements of the architecture is composed. The order is derived from a regular system of Euclidian vectors, grids, and/or Cartesian properties, utilizing concepts of the abscissaordinate, and applicate.

Intuition is the source gesture for which becomes an opposing system against the systemic order. The intuition vector, be it the main circulatory vein, a prioritized visual path, or even an entirely new grid system, is overlaid on the ordered plane, which generates a series of internalized forces, in which the design process can react to.

The intersection of these contrasting systems introduces internalized forces as a way to establish public and private spaces, and nodal locations of circulation. These intersections should also be manifested as a dynamic interplay between layers and skin systems.

of clarity + complexity

Clarity exists where spaces, materials, or masses are in its purest form, becoming the component in which contrast is derived from. Clarity in space, structure, and detail are the distinct representative applications of the two opposing systems.

Complexity exists where these clear and pure elements of the composition intersects, becoming the manifestations of the internalized forces. Complexity in space, structure, and detail should replicate and appear in these intersecting conditions.

The intermediate conditions between clear and complexity is layered and gradual, introducing one space to another. The corner is where one space begins and another ends.

of plinth + uproot

Ground plinths value the medium in which all of our buildings belong to; the Earth. The ground is a seemingly infinite volume that allows us to shape, carve, displace, and support. Displaced soil should be redistributed to the ground plinth, serving as a natural thermal and water shielding.

An uprooted mass values the Sky as a medium of space, utilizing it as a backdrop of the overall visual composition. This mass opposes the ground, establishing an opportunity of contrasting spaces and forms.

Structure becomes the stitching in which the ground, plinth, and uprooted mass is unified. A more rigid and grounded detail is applied to the structural elements of the plinth, which then contrasts into a lighter and thinner structural composition of the uproot.

of procession + terminus

Procession in architecture allows for a seamless transition of context to program, introducing people to the building’s palette of materials and geometry. The procession should contrast the systematic order of the architecture, providing a visually provoking reference of the building proper.

Terminus is the end means of the building’s use and program. The most important programmatic elements should be hierarchical dominant is visual mass and in circulation.

The circulatory system connecting the procession and the terminus should undergo the influence of the internal forces between the two opposing forces.

Alex Shows