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Nathan Fleeger (designer)
Evan Robledo (designer)
Kristoffer Roxas (designer)
Erik Herrmann (studio professor)
Beth Blostein (studio professor)
Autumn 2021
By introducing this redundancy, the vertical circulation cores, which are contained within individual piers, create a field condition. This field condition in turn creates a boundary in which program can be inlaid, producing a series of programmed masses that have the capacity to operate either collectively or independently. As the piers begin to shear and rotate, the field condition as it is experienced at different floor heights begins to change, as does the resulting program boundary. The field condition is populated vertically with modules that also have the capacity to operate either collectively or independently. The modules encourage a co-living model by including communal spaces consisting of a kitchen, living room, and study room. The modules also come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different styles of hotel living. The organization of these modules is contingent upon the boundaries created by the piers, producing a variety of experiential differences where the modules begin, end, and meet. The placement of the modules begins to express the program they contain. Modules that face outward contain hotel rooms, while modules that face inward, having less access to light, contain program more conducive to low light conditions. This includes multi-media spaces such as recording studios, photography dark rooms, or black box rooms. The interstitial spaces left between modules become rentable flex spaces. Programming for these flex spaces include the convention center spaces or even temporary set design spaces. Finally, the arrangement of piers within the field condition allows for varying degrees of access to different programs within the hotel. Visitors access their desired program by using specific piers that take them where they need to go using their smart phone. Because of this, there is no traditional hotel lobby – instead, the massing created by the modules is lifted above ground level, leaving only the piers where they meet the ground. This frees up the ground level to be used as public space, which might include food trucks, pop up markets, or other community events, while also revealing the organization of the field condition.