JAPANTOWN HOUSING PROJECT
Studio 3 - Fall 2010
Professors Chris Falliers +
CCA Architecture Jury Prize - M.Arch Nominee
The intent of the Japantown Housing project is to increase pedestrian inter-connectivity and urban density, as well as provide a new destination for large scale events in San Francisco. While Geary Ave dives down to access the below grade event space with a new approach underneath Japantown, the building creates an opportunity for connections to the Japantown mall from below. The translucent tensile fabric facade above has the ability to modulate environmental, spatial and atmospheric conditions.
Controlled by a simple grid network of steel filigree, the translucent fabric membrane acts as a modulator, becoming the primary facade and rain screen system that wraps around the steel framework. The skin has the ability to perform across multiple scales and the effects that it produces change through out the day. At the urban scale, the fabric frame extends below ground level, defining the large event space and reading as a continuous building system. At the building scale, the membrane performs multiple functions, modulating light, screening outdoor movies, collecting rainwater, shaping event space rooms and establishing entrances.