Arch 574: Art Complex
Graduate Design Studio
Bhujon Kang, Fall 2018
The Art Complex creates quiet meditative spaces where guests could have an unhurried and intimate experience of artwork. Located on a corner plot in downtown Champaign overlooking Westside Park, the building takes full advantage of its surrounding views and adds value to the neighborhood. It appears to erode as it nears the street as it engages more closely with its setting.
The design was generated from a diagram of the different programs that populate the ground floor of the building. The programs were then used as ‘seeds’ in a grasshopper script to generate Voronoi cells that form the basic grid of the building. These cells were then modified through surface offsets, extrusions and bending to create ‘tent’ like structures with draped openings to house the artwork. Some of the cells were subtracted from the floor plate to create double height volumes and terraces.
The building has four stories with a spiral staircase housed in its own “tent.” There are six “tents” of varying sizes throughout the building; each has a skylight with deep fins to allow diffused light to illuminate the space.