PHYSICAL PLANT RE-USE
interior / diagrams: demolition and addition / elevations / model
This re-use of a 1960s mechanical building focused on adapting and adding to a modern structure while maintaining an architectural integrity that, upon study, proved to be elusive and ambiguous. The proposed program is a theology reading room overlooking a sunken chapel traced on three sides by a large mirror that reflects a new garden in the existing courtyard—once home to cooling towers that served nearby university buildings. Parallel to the design exploration was independent study of the post-war modern, when advancements in technology and a new reading of spatial relations produced buildings that were highly systematic and original.