104_Luis Fernando Munoz and Julia Eve Pen: Bubbles

Luis Fernando Munoz and Julia Eve Pena

University/firm name Texas A&M University Instagram username @revoluarch @juliaevepena


Description: The dictionary defines diversity as the quality or state of having many different forms, types and ideas, but in reality diversity exists in much more complex forms. There is cultural diversity, diversity of thought, diversity of origin, the list grows, and the way diversity is perceived is equally complex. In the context of Texas A&M University there have been initiatives to put diversity at the forefront of the school’s agenda. An ongoing campaign encourages faculty, staff, and the student body to be fearless on every front. In a world where we must fight against fascism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all other types of hatred in our daily lives it is vital that we allow for a place where anyone and everyone can be themselves.

We began to think of a spaces that will allow for the main activities that we believe promote diversity to occur. Since our site is located in a place where different disciplines converge it is vital that this building creates an environment where enriching and cultivating ideas can be conceived, created, and shared. The main volumes contain space for a library, a woodshop and fabrication space, and an auditorium, which are meant to think, create and share respectively. Historically and philosophically spheres have signified life and thought. Peter Sloterdijk states that all relationships are spheres and that they are the creation of an inner space.

The thoughtful aggregation of spheres lead to the creation of bubbles. The bubbles are intimate yet open and interactive spaces, and are where most of the active space for the library and woodshop are housed within. There are different levels of interiority within the bubbles. Foam exists within the bubbles that are simultaneously existing as capsules when more private spaces are desired and as islands to interact with, whether it be climbing, sitting, or resting upon. The poetics of of the spaces engage with the people who inhabit them and allow for interactions and activities that promote connectivity with one another and the architecture.