Graduate Architecture

Rosanne Pitarresi

Fall 2016

Water and Power, Jason Payne

The project situates itself within the context of extroverted icons but turns away from the notion of traditional iconicity by being reclusive by nature. The headquarters sits in the middle of the water mote to further displace the building from its context. In contrast to the other buildings that are fully accessible to the pedestrian, this reclusive icon stands amongst them as one that can’t be touched. At the core of the headquarters lives a vertical substation that also serves as infrastructure to the building itself. The centralized network creates a dichotomy of human and machine space where the machine space reclaims volume within this midrise. The human occupied spaces (the office program) become the poche and the interface between exterior and interior.