I remember cutting out topographical models as a student. I really hated it. It seemed like so much work for so little benefit. Looking back on those crude models I realized how useful they really were. Even if they didn't look so great, I was forced to intimately understand the characteristics of the landscape and how they informed the architecture. This design by Simon Takasaki shows how you can apply that same mode of thinking to the architecture itself. This structure is essentially a topographical model, composed of layers upon layers of spatial information. Integral to the design is the need to conceptualize the extent of each surface plane, trying to formulate and idea of how each one fits into the greater whole. It's a architectural complexity that most of us take for granted.
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