Gross Roofs

A hypothesis of the studio is that the fragmentation of building parts in contemporary architecture stems from perpetuating building conventions from post-WWI construction technologies. The invention of load-bearing frames and reinforced concrete made systems like the Maison Dom-ino possible. As the design of facades and plans were freed from structure, however, the design of roofs became entangled in what had previously been the obligations of floor plates. The conceptual clarity of modernism’s total building systems, coupled with evolving environmental and security standards in the present day, have necessitated the design of architectural exceptions. A building’s integral components, like MEP and HVAC, are regularly designed as elements that sit proud of a coherent envelope. This studio investigates ways these detached parts can be conceptually and materially absorbed into a single volumetric roof.

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