Segregated Monoliths Is An Investigation On Monolithic Structures In Contemporary Architecture

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

Segregated Monoliths is a final student project by Alex Phi, done at Sci-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles, California. The design investigates monolithic structure in its solidity. True monolithic piece of architecture is unbroken, rigid, invulnerable, a whole, large and unified with no recognizable parts. The research deals with displacing and dislodging both formal and organizational aspects of a building while retaining a sense of wholeness.

The sense of continuity in architecture can eventually be achieved within forms through different cultural and spatial qualities. Distinct isolation from the main body emphasizes the “strategic break” while the articulation of continuity concentrates on smooth transitions, therefore surface continuity reduces the broken elements and focuses on the larger element of the whole.

When it comes to articulation in architecture, there is no single geometrical formula that could surely create proportional harmonic regulation in spatial forms and that would give precise directions how those parts should be associated with each other. Therefore each part is united with the whole by means of styles ranging from exceptionally distinct jointing –continuity, to the opposite of high articulation -separation.

Building joints reveal how the parts fit into the whole by emphasizing each part separately. Articulation accentuates the visible aspect of the different parts of a building. Sometimes the effect completely obscures the sense of the whole, breaking it down into too many pieces, but usually the articulation expresses a balance between the two. As the fused forms are closer to the form of the human body, the result is considered more harmonious.

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper

 SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute Of Architecture, Los Angeles, California, Segregated Monoliths, final thesis, Alex Phi, monolith structure, high-rise, skyscraper