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60 on center

Spring 2016
New York, NY
Critic: Scott Cohen

Readymade, defined by Andre Breton and Paul Eluard in 1938 is “an ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist.”

This is a concept that is simultaneously seemingly compatible with and inapplicable to architecture. Through the research of the tropes and formal devices of the readymade in art, the project looks to the appropriate the agency of the artistic readymade outside the venerated site of the museum and into the context of the city.

60 On Center finds itself stuck between a Cesar Peli Duality– An architectural fusilage that fell from the sky, utilizing a globe theater at its base to weigh it further. By clinging to two ReadyMade towers, each floor acts as a bridge giving the building no directionality and creating a violent interaction with the ground as it hangs above.