CATEGORY II OPEN: 1st PLACE
Juncture




TITLE

Juncture


STUDENTS   John Berger, Sasha Francoeur
Boston Architectural College


FACULTY SPONSOR   Robert Gillig
Boston Architectural College

DESCRIPTION  

Boston is organized by an urban spine that snakes through its entirety only to abruptly fade at its North End waterfront. Privatized and confined by the U.S. Coast Guard, the site is used solely as a parking lot. The intervention activates the waterfront airspace by extending a bridge across Commercial Street and into the North End, a dense bustling urban environment known for its likeness to European pedestrian friendly streets. A new cultural plane redefines the existing node system bringing urban life to the waterfront. Typical steel framing rises up from the Boston Waterfront North End Pier allowing the U.S. Coast Guard to assume business uninterrupted. The column grid rises 25-30 feet giving way to an ensemble of steel and park space activating the unused space for the Boston Public. Through a series of steel acrobatics, three tectonically layered display spaces elevate themselves above the groundscape. As you rise up from the city, walking up a steel pedestrian bridge, you are greeted with three layers of intervention. A column grid to reduce disturbance, a floated groundscape to activate the waterfront for the public and a diverse array of public display spaces clad in elegant steel systems composed of nuanced tectonic assemblies. These assemblies express steels beauty rigidity and flexibility.