Advisor: Aaron Forrest

This studio aims to posit new spatial and constructive types for new mass timber materials in Chicago, the city where the structural frame of the building and its enclosure began their historical divergence. It has become an axiom that architecture exists at the intersection of the material and the social: experiments in structure and construction can lead to new architectural orders, new forms of organization, and thus new forms of sociability.

The programs of the project are artist studio and art museum. The project intends to create a dialog between the production and presentation of art through interweaving vertical and horizontal facades. The two programs, art studio, and museum are merging from two needs: the need of collective artist studio environment in an urban setting, and the need for change in perception of contemporary museum space.
Contemporary museum is no longer a precious box sits on a grand plaza. It can be high-rise, to create more interaction with city vertically. Artist studio is a space provide artist legible working environment in an urban setting, and a shared community among artists cross-discipline. Two programs bond together into a system of programmatic and visual connections. It creates a space of movement, connection, and collaboration through a set of facades.

Facades are used as both active and staged display. Glass facades are expansive visual boundaries that project and reflect activities both interior and exterior. It becomes a billboard for artists to display and perform their works through the facades of architecture. It transforms the tradition of the art production and exhibition in a contemporary highrise city. The facades create a new set of relationship between artist studio and art museum; display and viewing; and extend to the network within the city beyond.