Location: Boston, Massachusetts
This project is a study on proportional relationship between the thinning of a building’s form and the thickening of its structure. The building has four different sections, each of a different width. The progressive thinning of the rooms from 40’ to 20’ to 15’ and finally to 10’ wide means that the experience in each of the dorm rooms changes depending on which section of the building the student lives in. In order to accommodate the change in the building’s form, the structural shear walls have to thicken as the building thins. Thus, the shear walls change from 18” to almost 5’ thick as the rooms get wider and thinner. The entire building is a gradient in terms of structure and spatial experience.