Graduate Studio, Rhode Island School of Design
This project stems from my initial observations that everything is interconnected within the context of the Biltmore Lobby. Using this idea as the driving force, I envisioned the lobby as a buildup of an interconnected cellular structure, and extracted these cells to become the building blocks for my project. By applying the toolset of transformations I observed from the space to the extracted cells, they start to take on new form. This form or ‘path’ wraps around and through the elevator shaft, creating a new, more literal connectivity throughout the lobby and beyond its constraints. Currently, the elevator is the main focal point in the space and can also be seen as a vacant connection artery in the building. My project reinstates the abandoned elevator shaft as a connection artery in the Biltmore lobby + beyond by becoming the ‘site’ of my intervention.
The path can be occupied in several different ways, creating a more dynamic experience while moving through. You start by ramping up and then move into the cells and through them. As you round the first bend there is a ‘look out’ zone that hovers in the middle of the space. You then move through the path and around the elevator again to reach an ‘inhabitable space’. This is where the nested cells are located, creating seating / lounging opportunities within the base cell. Lastly you move through once more to reach the exterior and end of the path, which has both a look-out area with views over downtown and another inhabitable zone.