Ashley Scott Kelly


Chongqing Museum

Architecture that operates at the urban scale generally attempts to dissolve. The project proposes a language and tectonic for the museum that is able to conform to a nearly infinite range of site dimensions and topographic conditions. The building is parametrically generated in CATIA by a 'best fit' algorithm, placing programme throughout the structure based on its proximity to defined programme attractors and distributing or re-distributing in the available space. Alternating voids, projected normal to the ground, are cut through the building to force linear circulation through the galleries. Two sites were chosen with drastically different site characteristics (areas and proportions), producing a tower and pseudo-mat typology that are formally geologic in their stratification and registration of Chongqing's highly varied topography.

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