Model making with Michael Maltzan
Located on the campus of East Los Angeles Community College, the design of this Recreation Center was guided by three systems demonstrated through the simple categories of Ground, Wall, and Roof. Each work together to contain and break the building’s singular form. Program and form respond to the geometry of the Ground’s changing elevation, the Walls’ independent orthographic geometry, and the Roof’s tessellated concrete patterning to create multiple readings of the same space. The trapezoidal figure is foremost able to respond to what Michael has referred to as a fabric-object, occupying the site as a dominant form with two hard edges, and simultaneously opening itself to the city with opposing transparent elevations. The project aspires to both confront and open itself to the city within the limitations of a single building’s form.