Tectonic Mutations

Los Angeles, CA

In collaboration w/ Richard Mapes, Amparito Martinez, & Rad Mika
Herzog and DeMeuron sourced their inspiration for their addition to the Tai Kwun Heritage Center from the granite blocks that compose the original prison buildings and revetment walls of the compound.

Keeping with the layered complexity of the facade, the standardized unit was reimagined as laser cut and machine folded sheets of stainless steel. The resulting implications of using flat media instead of cast blocks begged for formal shifts in the building’s mass that would not have been possible with a standardized cast aluminum block. By deforming the exterior trusses of the building, and treating the exterior truss as a cage that supports interior free plans, the layered rainscreen and the building’s program begin to share common themes of layering, variety in type, and functional utility.