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60 on center

                                               

 

2016
New York, NY

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 fuselage 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.

As the fuselage relies on existing cores, large space frames evoke multiple experiences from floor to floor. One moment the user is immersed within the frame itself, which alleviates other levels from any vertical structural elements as spaces float over each other.

A large globe theater, conceptually and physically drives the building towards the ground, generating an extreme juxtaposition with the public corridor beneath.