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Crossing Station The Crossing Station is the place of transition where two teams of users, the Guards and the Travelers, pursuing completely different, but co-independent activities, interact. For the Guards, it is a place of work. For Travelers, it is a place that must be passed through, both traveling to as well as returning from destinations. As such, the Crossing Station is a point of entry and departure as well as transition and transformation

phase 1

phase 2

phase 3

phase 4 (final)

A 3x3x5 unit, 3 dimmensional model of a linear matrix was designed. There are 45 cells that are identical in size. The matrix acts as both structure and adequate space for Guards and Travelers to walk through.

Using the idea that the guards need to observe the travelers without being seen, the idea of a bris soleil came to mind, as it is capable of being both aesthetic and functional. While the guards patrol the top, the travelers roam the ground floor. The bris soleil makes it hard for the guards to be seen, especially when walking from an angle. In this instance there are three different systems: the facade (bottom), the exterior system located at the top (middle), and the interior system (top). They are each their own entity, but work together to achieve the same principle.

In order to symbolize an environment of constant change, an environment where individuals are moving in and out everyday, the movement of a pitcher’s legs was studied and analyzed. The result was a movement that incorporated long strides; it was placed along the path of the traveler.


guard interaction

space for guards

-examination of identification -explaining procedures -administering questions -inspection -tariffs and taxes -retrieving traveler’s passes

traveler interaction -presentation of identification -testifying intentions -answering questions -declaration of belongings -paying tariffs and taxes -receiving and returning traveler’s pass.


ground floor

first floor

roof plan

second floor

View of the traveler’s path through the station. The area designated for the guards remains open on the ground floor for the interaction needed between the guards and the travelers along the way.


short section




longitudinal section

side elevation

side elevation (returning travelers)

back elevation

front elevation (incoming travelers)

View of the guards patrolling from the second level

View of the traveler’s path from above. On the left hand side, the guards patrol from the upper levels, and on the right hand side, the movement study facade is shown.

Most buildings are inflexible, yet they exist in environments where change is constant. People move in, out, and through buildings; they exist in climates that change continuously in terms of temperature, moisture, and light. Can a more seamless, and less terratorialized relationship exist between built environments and the changing systems that they live in? In this instance, the movement of the legs of a baseball pitcher was studied and analyzed by tracking down the movement of critical points such as the hips, knees, and ankles during the sequence of one pitch. The result was a movement broken down into time frames. With the movement of the travelers in mind, the study was taken and integrated along the path of the traveler, symbolizing the movement of an individual through the space, reaching a new destination.

The first attempt involved a 3d interpretation of the movement. The representation was different after integrating the movement into the design.

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Immigrant Crossing Station  
Immigrant Crossing Station  

1st year design project