Solid/Void Trilogy
The production of architecture has often vacillated between privileging the design of external form at the expense of interior space, or vice versa. The work displayed resists either approach and instead posits another whereby the design of space and form is thought of together as a complementary and subtractive process. The product of this process is a three-dimensional spatial construct that operates through the strategic intersection of negative volumes, or voids, which are then introduced to a solid volume to define a third condition produced through their interaction: the Double Negative. As well as transforming the solid volume, the voids transform each other, and the spatial effect of their intersections is greater than what is produced by any individual void. The design is the intersection. 

The three-part architectural series culminates in the investigation of the nature of the contemporary library. The design focuses on interior social and individual space, sequence and vertical circulation, negative and poche program space, form and envelope in the same constrained site. Building on the previous designs, a series of thin volumes are extracted from the larger mass to create visual registration of floating volumes intersected with one another, held together by a centralized volume that then acts as the main core for books as well as the circulation into periphery programs. The extractions (the voids) allow for light to indirectly seep into various spaces.

The library continues to be needed as place for reference and concentrated study. It is also a place for the collection, storage and curatorial selection of information. As information culture continues to evolve, so do libraries. There is an increasingly high demand for free computer and internet use, readily accessible databases, and the wealth of reference materials commonly found online or in reference materials. The contemporary library design reveals attitudes that have developed over this consumption of information. The proposed library is an intensified place for public interaction and social encounter. The design reflects the working relationships and processes that take place within as well as act as a test bed with which to celebrate an evolving public/private realm.



1. Award & Exhibition: “Circus” (2018). Wurster Hall, Berkeley, California. 

2. Publication: “Solid—Void Trilogy.” College of Environmental Design Undergraduate Workbook, 2018. Print.

i. Double Negative

ii. Sequence

iii. Library

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