Fall 2014 | University of Texas at Austin
Texas Natural History Museum, Austin TX
Instructor: David Heymann
See Also: Modern Monumental - Form 2
Monumental architectures have largely fallen out of public favor in past decades, as shared opinion and culture become increasingly fractured. These projects are investigations of whether monumental, platonic forms may still hold meaning for an increasingly skeptical public. Starting from the rational, shapes are networked and mutated to recieve a diverse audience.
The natural history museum is an outdated typology, a relic of the 19th century. It needs to outgrow its function as a depository for artifacts in order to stay relevant, and therefore the nature of its spaces must change. The building must be monumental, but it cannot remain stagnant.
This addition responds to the solidity and rationality of the existing building, which it faces. Two solid cubes are established within the perimeter, externally mute to one another while arguing their case within each respective environment.