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Suspension of Meaning

“Contexualism is perhaps that greatest lie that architects tell themselves regarding the construction of the city.” — Michael Young

This project is a continuation of my interest in orbicular forms and their effects. These effects are explored through speculating the possibilities of a formal approach to the idea of a suspended groundless building. The site is located next to the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, which provides an opportunity for this type of project because of the frequent flooding that happens during the year.

One could argue that we always approach and experience the buildings from the street level, from the inside, or the rooftop. However, in this project the building allows it to be experienced not only from the street (canal) level but also from underneath. Venice is a very dense city with lack of open public areas and this strategy of keeping the ground intact, allows for the a public piazza on the canal level.

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Top View

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Reflection on water

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Canal View

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Canal View

       
     
Going with the flow
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Bird’s Eye view

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1/8” Physical Model

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