architecture + design

animate wrapping

critic: michael gelick 


Animate Wrapping is a mixed-use development intended for alleviating the lack of student housing within the South Loop area of downtown Chicago. The approach to this design stemmed from the initial idea of using the site’s inherent dimensions as a determinant to develop form. By using these dimensions, proportional strips were developed and implemented as a conceptual device to split the site in order to create a site “fabric.” This fabric is employed as a wrapping device after a series of programmatic volumes shift into a dense and cohesive system. The wrapping becomes further abstracted as a series of contextual adjacencies and lighting issues morph the individual strips. The building can be read as an animate (evolutionary) extension/extrusion of the site through its emergence from the site as one continuous wrapping surface.