crystals, string and acrylic accompanied by drawings
The Bibliotèque Sainte-Genevieve, built by 1850 by Henri Labrouste and located in Paris, France, was designed with a means of construction that evoked lightness and transparency through the use of iron and stone, a revolutionary effect in its time.
Mediated Disconcertion proposes that a crystalline geometry be transposed onto the neoclassical structure of the Bibliotèque Sainte-Genevieve. Its generative effects will begin to suggest something beyond its literal self: a coded index.
Through drawing, a different spatial configuration is forecasted by reverting the conceptual weight of knowledge (the book stacks) with the illumination from the windows (the light source). The mediation between these two distinct tectonic geometries creates movement and formation over time; re-contextualizing the index as it evolves and shifts between its present and future state.
This project was submitted as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) supervised by Marcelyn Gow.
Final Physical Model