Spatial Modeling for 154 Rideau Street, Ottawa.,
insertion into an existing 2 storey, 204 feet long building (urban
introducing archetypal volumes (tubular, cubical and barrel-vaulted)
for their unique acoustical properties appropriating each to a specific
intended use: tubular night-club/bar; cubical private residence;
quicquam nisi pondus iners congestaque eodem
bene iunctarum discordia semina rerum."
-- Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.5
creative intentions outline a program to highlight the progressive
of spatial and plastic qualities emergent from the somewhat chaotic
of the planar, concave and convex surfaces (transparent, translucent
opaque) and the distinctive natural luminosities emanating from the
juxtaposition of their three dimensional profiles. Controlled
from natural and electric light (filament and fluorescent) is
added to the material place holders as artifacts theatricalizing or
allusions to the catacombs of ancient Rome, the sewers of the Casbah of
Tangiers and quadridimensional orderings subliminally root the
and intellectuality of form as they inform the discordant uses.
alterations to both front and rear facades sculpt architectural masques
boldly facing, albeit with sarcasm, the problems particular to that
of the city: the commercial non-viability due to the loss of pride of
the abandonment of judicious maintenance of the built
the laical distancings from civic beauty.
adhuc mundo praebebat lumina ...
terrarum porrexerat Amphitrite;"
- sup., 1.10
geminae Samni portae; quarum altera fertur
qua veris facilis datur exitus umbris,
candenti perfecta nitens elephanto,
falsa ad caelum mittunt insomnia Manes."
--Publius Vergilius Maro, Aeneid, Book VI, 893
Ottawa Brick with Burlap Texture
Base and Entrance Planes
Elm leaves epoxied onto cementitious base
anodized aluminum window frames with double corrugated translucent
door frame with solid core, PVC skinned double doors
medio ramos annosaque bracchia pandit
opaca, ingens, quam sedem Somnia volgo
tenere ferunt, foliisque sub omnibus haerent."
--sup., Book VI, 282
granulared lightweight concrete block with raked joints.
green granite base and Entrance planes.
English Ivy Epoxied onto cementitious base.
door frame with solid core, Corian skinned double doors.
ad fluminis undam
latices et longa oblivia potant."
--sup., Book VI, 714