Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three presidential libraries in Texas. Located on university campuses, the libraries all respond to their academic settings in unique ways. Connection is a driving element of the other projects presented — a business school, museum, student center and dining hall, and race track. All strive to tie their respective campuses closer together with individual design statements.
Studio Awards Fashion[ING] Objects Matt Fajkus Architecture, Austin Matt Fajkus Architecture proposes a wall made of coat hangers for a runway show. The backdrop is a tool for pattern, light, and shadow incorporating rigid and fluid layers — a tension between a grid system and an amorphous organic form. The hanger is both a literal and figurative representation of the fashion industry. It acts as a surrogate for shoulders, providing structure for clothes. The design incorporates 5,000 hangers arranged in four layers to create the 40-ft-long, “It is raw and quick; it doesn’t try to be more than it is; it is an excellent idea.” 10-ft-high, 2-ft-deep hanger wall. The organic feather layer provides the background for three additional rigid, diamond-patterned layers. These hangers are either sheathed in white paper or left exposed as white wire frames. The wall is suspended from pipes, which cantilever from a scaffolding placed to the rear of the wall; three lights arranged behind the scaffolding illuminate the wall. The proposal was built as a temporary installation with a budget of $3 per square foot. It took one day to construct with the help of 10 volunteers. All of the materials were recycled. The idea focuses on creating a big impact with minimal resources. The jurors appreciated the simplicity of the project as well as its creativity. “The use of the hangers is elegant and extremely effective,” said Gordon Kipping. “I wish I had thought of it.” Lyn Rice commented: “It is raw and quick; it doesn’t try to be more than it is; it is an excellent idea.” 44 Texas Architect 11/12 2013