315_Joe Mihanovic: Conical Conglomerate

Joe Mihanovic from Los Angeles, California — “I'm a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing my Bachelor of Architecture. Architecture is my greatest passion, and I work hard to become the best designer I can be. My biggest influences are Thom Mayne, Wolf Prix, Zaha Hadid, and Eric Owen Moss (who I am currently interning for).”


Website: http://issuu.com/joemihanovic

University: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, SLO)

Professor(s): Stephen Phillips

Instagram Username: @joemihanovic


Project Name: Conical Conglomerate


This project, “Conical Conglomerate,” is a mixed-use office and housing complex in West Los Angeles. The images included are snapshots of my progress at midterm review.

A loose collage of geometrically similar yet contextually distinct masses decorate the site, providing a diversity of experience and unexpected moments of socialization. The volumes are all derived from the aggregation of truncated cones and the Boolean subtraction and subsequent rearrangement of prismatic masses. Newly-create voids provide semi-protected gathering spaces, while the simultaneously sharp and curvilinear building envelope invokes a sense of spontaneity.

The major volumes, though each derived from the same operative strategy, maintain their own distinct presences on the site due to variations in orientation, scale and the angle of subtractive cut - the haul-like forms accommodate housing while more gestural moments act as urban landmarks. Each is unique, yet not segregated - the volumes are connected by an oft-cantilevering network of tubes, hauls, and spikes - which serve to both connect separate volumes and provide a general sense of inter connectivity through forced-alignment.