Author: M. Alejandra Gomez
Professor: Nancy Sanders
University of South Florida, SACD (School of Architecture and Community Design)
Core Design Three in the fall of 2015 at SACD began with the analysis of an ambiguous territory located in Florida’s last natural inlet that houses a national monument, Fort Matanzas. This project explores ideas of horizontality and grounding conditions with an extension to the fort. First, two hybrid constructs tell stories and ideas of the site- the Bow and the Violin. While the Violin construct had a stereotomic nature the Bow construct was more tectonic. Both complemented each other as one abstracted the fort and its mechanics (the Bow) while the other played with forms of the liquid landscape (the Violin) and possible interventions that invade and break the massiveness of the forms.
The formal qualities of both constructs came from an analysis of maps of the area and section drawings of the fort itself. These formal drawings were found in etc.usf.edu.
An explorative graphic became the interface between the section drawings and the construct on the next spread. It allowed me to reinterpret the formal components of the fort with my own notions of its purpose and spatial characteristics.
As the project continued, I visited the National Monument and analyzed the park I noticed that circulation was the biggest issue. My proposal suggested the reinterpretation of arrival space with a bridge. Then my extension would welcome people and offer activities to celebrate delay and create anticipation leading to the fort. After visiting the fort people would be allowed to take longer boat rides directed to destination points to explore the landscape.
Material, conceptual and formal ideas from the Bow and the Violin carried all the way to the final model. The final extension to Fort Matanzas included Park Ranger Offices, Restrooms, a Meeting hall and an Archive.