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RESEARCH APPARATUS

Compétition Future Prentice – Proposition


INFORMATIONS PROJET

* PROJET RÉALISÉ AVANT LA FONDATION DE PARA-SOL

ANNÉE: 2012
PAR: DAVID GIRALDEAU, ALEXANDRE GUILBEAULT

LOCALISATION: CHICAGO, IL, USA
SUPERFICIE: 500 000 PI2
MANDAT: CONCEPTION


Le projet RESEARCH APPARATUS a été développé dans le cadre d’un concours d’idées organisée par le Chicago Architectural Club, dont l’objectif était la promotion de nouvelles idées pour la revitalisation du célèbre immeuble dessiné par Bertrand Goldberg. Notre proposition visait la transformation de cet ancien hôpital pour femmes en centre de recherches académiques. Dans un esprit de complémentarité au caractère brutaliste de l’enveloppe de l’immeuble,  l’ajout proposé est très high-tech et évoque l’idée d’un moteur à recherches à l’échelle du bâtiment. L’immeuble a malheureusement été démoli en septembre 2014.

[TEXTE DE PRÉSENTATION, VERSION ORIGINALE] The upper part of the prentice building; the perforated organic shell, is decidedly iconic. In the spotlight, this stand-alone object, disconnected from its surrounding, seems a carefully crafted work piece. This is, as we believe, the essence of the Goldberg masterpiece, the patrimonial heritage that we want to preserve and the starting point of our reflection. We proceeded to a fictitious dismantling of the building, a breakdown into individual parts. This analytic approach revealed the building’s inherent potential for transformations and paved the way for a new assembly. The new prentice is inspired from mechanical design and made out of three principal components:

A NEW SKIN
The membrane that wraps the perimeter is the new interface between the prentice and the city. As a result of its centripetal role, it filters inputs and gathers resources. Its transparency is communicative and reveals the inner mechanism of the machine to the street.

AN UPGRADED HUB
Shaped as a spine, the hub draws into its current everything that surrounds it. Its helical organisation allows for fluidity and contrasts the rigidity of the original cores.

THE GOLDBERG SHELL
Floating above the ground, the preserved goldberg shell is the outer component of the machine. The internal layout provides subdivisions for long term space use.

The architectural interpretation of this apparatus lead to a new potential of spatial qualities, meeting the needs of an unusual typology of campus. a specific program is transposed to fit the dynamism generated by the additions and proposes a continuous cycle for academic researches; gathering – investigating – discussing – exploring – exhibiting.