The Interrupting Axis

UC Berkeley | ARCH 100D Studio | Instructor: Darell Fields | Spring 2015

Extension of Florence Lipsky study of San Francisco.

Extension of Florence Lipsky study of San Francisco.

The Interrupting Axis proposes a translation of spatial operations between conceptual and realistic sites. Formal studies of the Square in Moscow by Ivan Leonidov, the assigned conceptual site, culminated in an operational language through which the regularity of an orthogonal site plan is interrupted by abstractly defined diagonals. In the project’s manifestation in a realistic site, a set of steps in Telegraph Hill are identified as the analogous “diagonals” cutting through the San Francisco city grid, resulting in the formal appearance and contextually considered interior conditions of the project.