| Author: Raina Lin, Jelvis Jiao
| Instructor: Jenny Wu
| Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc)
| Our proposal for the Berkeley Library delves into ambiguities between part-to-whole. By aggregating a series of primitive objects such that they aligned at a shared surface, the resultant massing was able to acquire a reading that oscillated between a series of individual parts at some moments and an integrated whole at others.
The blurred boundary between part to whole was further explored through the development of various seams on the façade of our library proposal. These seams were introduced at moments where the primitives merged together, and were expressed either in the form of a material difference (such as an aperture or opening condition), a surface difference (such as a recess or extrusion of the exterior), or a literal gap in the exterior that allowed the viewer to look in and see glimpses of the interior. When resolving our massing to fit the program of the library, particular attention was paid to the relationship between part-to-whole and private-public space.
The splitting condition of the massing in the middle allowed a central public space around which each side of the massing would harbour either public or private space. Public spaces such as the lobby, gallery, cafeteria and larger reading rooms were placed on one side, while private and service spaces such as individual study rooms, bathrooms, book stacks and librarian offices were placed on the other. The boundary of initial primitive figures used for this aggregation study was also kept in the interior, to provide a figural space that contained the primary circulation of the library.