Invisible Grand Wall
My investigation started by looking at the grains and usage of granite on building facades, comparing this to its original excavating site. Through a series of human interventions, the state of granite goes from monolithic in the quarry to blocks of granite and then to slabs after processing on site for easier transportation. Once granite becomes a building material, it then returns from slab to block and then back to monolithic. I started to consider the possibility of hiding the connections of granite slabs so that the material can disguise itself as a solid block.
My design is dependent on the existing buildings to move human mass around. It creates a symbiotic relationship that embraces the four existing entry points at the perimeter while absorbing human mass. It supports two existing buildings by fragmenting the crowds, filtering the different speeds of each traveler.
While it operates as a device in plan, the exterior elevation is somewhat muted. The monolithic exterior acts as a podium that connects the datum lines between the two buildings. The expansive mass mimics the podium typology that granite usually serves in the city, and the intestines give it operation within its mass.