Jorge Somarriba: Miami Beach, Lincoln Road Library Proposal

 Jorge Somarriba

25 years old. Miami, Fl. Fiu design 5 masters program

Miami Beach, Lincoln Road Library Proposal

Statement concept:
LINCOLN ROAD LIBRARY WAS DEVELOPED AS A MEANS TO SOLVE FOR THE END OF THE LINCOLN ROAD STRIP MALL PLAZA. THE LIBRARY WAS DEVELOPED AT THE END OF LINCOLN ROAD ON A SITE 150’  X 60’, WITH AN ALLOWABLE 25’ CANTILEVER, AND HOUSES A PROGRAM OF 23,160SF. IN DESIGNING, FACTORS SUCH AS THE SURROUNDING CONTEXT, AND THE BAY WERE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.
UPON MY ANALYSIS OF THE SITE, I NOTED HOW THE WHOLE MIAMI BEACH AREA PLAYS HOST TO VARIOUS FUNCTIONS. HOWEVER, THE CITY NEVER LOSES ITS CONNECTION. EVERYTHING IS PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, AND INTERCONNECTED. PER THIS ANALYSIS, I DERIVED AT A CONCEPT OF CONNECTIONS. THE LIBRARY IS DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY WERE A STRONG CONNECTION IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT, JUST AS IN THE CITY. TO DO THIS, ALONG THE EXTERIOR FACADE IS  A CONNECTION OF MECHANICAL ESCALATORS THAT LEAD THE CIRCULATION THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING. STRUCTURAL WALLS WERE PUT IN PLACE TO SUSTAIN THE MASSIVE ESCALATORS.
AS SOMEONE MOVES UP THE ESCALATORS ONE OF 5 FLOOR LEVELS IS REACHED, EACH HOUSING A SEPARATE PROGRAM. THIS ACTION OF CHANGING PROGRAMS PER FLOOR IS ALSO SEEN ON THE  FACADE. AS THE ESCALATORS MOVE UPWARDS THE SOLID STRUCTURAL WALLS COVER THE LOWER HALF, WHILE A GLASS FACADE IS REVEALED  ABOVE THE ESCALATORS AS THE PROSESSEION GOES UPWARD. IN ADDITION THE FIRST FLOOR LAYS OUT THE STRUCTURAL GRID FOR THE COLUMNS, BUT AS YOU MOVE UPWARDS, FLOORS ARE EXTRUDED IN ALL DIRECTIONS AND ANGLESTO ACCOMMODATE FOR THE PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH THE FLOORS KEEP EVOLVING, THE COLUMNS STAY IN THE SAME STRUCTURAL GRID AND IT SEEMS AS IF THE FLOORS ARE ROTATING.
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