Studio 2B


The 2B studio is the fourth in the sequence of seven studios that constitute the core of the undergraduate BArch curriculum. It follows the lessons of previous semesters by designing material form (Massing/Interiority) in close relationship to techniques of drawing and modeling. This studio expands from building massing models to constructing materially specific models that emphasize building systems that are necessarily composed of parts rather than wholes. This shift addresses material constraints?such as size and thickness, structure, and finish?which, in turn, produce interesting limits and problems of translation between digital and physical media. Students engage the reading on theories of cladding, from Semper to Loos to the present day, and discuss the role of ornament and material effects through rendering, physical model making, and specification writing.

Defining Context 

Observing 50 Bucareli, Mexico City, notable aspects of the site become evident; most of which are its street culture -- vibrant, intimate, social, and (ground) plane specific. This plane lacks all the pretention of conglomerates and offers a vulnerability to explore the quirky and unknown. The site lacks context between all objects that lay atop it while tying them together through their uniqueness, juxtapositions, and attitudes. It's fragmentation, the lack of structure, and meandering corridors requests for an infill typology. The temporary / long term parking lot along the vacant slot located on Bucareli further exposes the nature of the convenience of this city while its inhabitants use it as a casual place to meet and have shop talk.  Our mission statement is to not hinder any of these attributes but to offer an Architecture that seeks to inhibit these traits. We propose a multifarious typology that features individualism, eclectic-ity, and community for the existing site and broader Mexico City. 

This is achieved in 3 parts through the use of extruded figures derived from the site and a loose assemblage of the aforementioned, specific corner situations as well as blatant interior divides. All of which are brought together and unified through a pixeled thread, unique to each space, that serve as aperture in either forms of skylight or window. 

The benefits of such are thus; a pedestrian street, specific areas of welcomed intentional solicitation, community through the use of joint spaces and most importantly individualism through unique subdivisions in floor plan and tessellation. 


Defining Context, Topographic Partitioning & Extruded Parts for Play

Preliminary Part to Whole Relationship, Mass Studies

Transformation of Aperture through Texture

Midterm Proposal; Mass Study, Application of Textures 

Studio Final Proposal

Final Model, Stills