meeting house

Motivated by the ad hoc layering of curtains and blankets required for a leaky bedroom window, this structure is concerned with sequence and fabric performance. It takes material cues from the surrounding site through the lens of the original window, seeking architectural fabrics and layers. These include concrete breeze blocks, steel mesh (usually) embedded in concrete, wood framing, steel framing, insulation foam, multi-layered glass, and curtains on tracks. As the open weave closes in, wood and steel frames give way to bulky concrete joints and, as the weave tightens further, the interlace of fibers to form insulation and curtain fabrics. The layering of porosities serves the programmatic demands of each room by exploding them – light, ventilation, acoustic, view, atmosphere – into their constituent material functions. The anonymity produced by the structure’s scalar ordering of programs is counteracted by the coding of materials layer by layer according to their delaminated functions. From within, an occupant is cocooned by the succession of materials that form a room and from without, they are woven into the structure itself, becoming shadow pattern or framed detail. A person is deeply embedded in the fabric of the building as they move inside it.