Interference Plexus

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The Interference Plexus, an Olympic aquatic center and community space, is an architecture composed of disruption and mediation of a highly varied range of speeds of transit, located across from the PS1 in queens. It is a place of arrival, interchange, and ultimately synthesis. Sited at a junction for the, BQE, LIRR, the MTA subway, and MTA bus system, it serves at one level as a mediator between these networks and a disparate personal transportation based community. However it is not a transition zone, instead it is a moment of collision where these systems are forced to engage a the unique program of the aquatic center. This program provides a sensory contradiction to the transit aspect exchanging intensity in speed with that of atmosphere. In addition an open park and international exchange ground making contact with street level presents a field for expulsion of pressure, while at the same time acting conversely as an ambiguous accelerator into the transit system. Therefor the form, the architectural enabler of the programs, takes on a unique quality for each individual aspect, transit, shopping, athletics, etc.. It is the release of the pressures embodied in these components which express and explore Interference as a means of creating place within a plexus of interchange. The form of the Plexus is differentiated by the programmatic qualities. Through the process of tessellation as a means to establish meter in plan and a strict hierarchy in terms formal intensity in section, the three strata, a dissimilar collection of elements is allowed a means of communication. The strata’s which interchange at one point in plan and section each house unique qualities. The top strata presents itself as an ambiguous park scape making contact with the street level at three points. This park scape is populated regionally by shell eruptions which are appropriated as kiosks. Puncturing this plane, two towers emerge which serve as administrative facilities as well as the primary interchange for circulation and the highest pressure zone in the Plexus. The towers are deformed and yet capture two vortex’s which mediate the two transit intakes of the train and bus. Reflexively across the surface, the seating defines the material quality of the vortices’s, and begins the materialization process of the Plexus. At the interchange of the vortices’s contained within the towers there is a plunge through the base plane, which becomes the single access point to the aquatic centers activities layer. The combination of these systems forms the bases upon which the relationships of interference and synthesis begin to play against each other. The final form is held as the complete reciprocity of all systems. This applied against structural, spatial, and programmatic limitations results in the current moment of architecture.

Project Data

  • Program Natatorium, Public Park
  • Location Long Island City, NY
  • Date 2006
  • Status Concept
  • Collaborator Otto Ruano


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