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Unlikely Creatures with Ted Baab

A complete environment for the performance and appreciation of music:  three auditoriums, a library, box office, cafe and spaces for contemplation enveloped in a single, continuously coiling box.  Featured in The Mathematics of Sensible Things.




Coarse-work seeks to reconcile the divergent inclinations of two architectural precedents: the reserved, mid-twentieth-century stoicism of Mies Van Der Rohe's Illinois Institute of Technology campus and the frenetic, hyper-programmed mélange of Rem Koolhaas' McCormick Tribune Campus Center, added to the school in 2003.  The project's calm, Miesian exterior belies a complex arrangement of interlocking interior volumes.



And yet, the exterior and interior speak the same material and even mathematical language.  In fact, the distinction between the project's interior and exterior is something of a deceit; the serene exterior is only the outermost portion of a continuous coil, the surface of which is described by a set of simple equations.  The development of a form through mathematics ensures a formal consistency from one iteration to the next and a technical rigor that translates directly into the precise construction of a highly detailed material model.