The Airium project aims to create a space where energy generation becomes a catalyst for creative exchange and production. Through a series of calibrations related to selected intensities of both air and program, opportunities arise to create a performative intervention. This opportunity happens within a new hotel that shares the circulation core of an existing building in downtown San Francisco. Our proposal utilized the existing site characteristics to create a catalyst for new spatial experiences in downtown. In addition to wind energies, the spatial intervention aims to align with incubator spaces associated with the “start-up” garage offices which focus on activities that incorporate air [i.e. trapeze, indoor skydiving, dancing, music, falconing, kite flying, etc].
These spaces foster new ideas and relationships through the accessibility of flexible, usable space. We were inspired to use the solar chimney’s shafts as a way to incorporate ideas from Reyner Banham’s concept of how campfires create cultural experiences. These shafts in the Airium project are used as spaces in which generate cultural energy. Our channel’s are analagous to the energy producing campfires programatically and culturally.
Advisors: Nataly Gattengo and Jason K. Johnson
Project co-produced with Lauren Tichy
CCA Jury Prize Nominee