The Deep Block

Alex Ely, Michael Dillon and Adam Powell

This year we are interested in the potential space between live and work. Through exploring audacious and ambitious spaces we consider a semi-public offering to the city: creating courts, light wells and lobbies within a high-density city block.

We will study large internal spaces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation alongside external spaces such as Piazzale degli Uffizi. We will consider the atmosphere created by these rooms, their craft, how they feed adjacent space and their private/public nature.

We will continue our theme over from last year of type. In Edwardian mansion blocks the division of quarters between servant and owner created rich spatial priority, with opulent rooms to the street and utility to the court. We use the court and light well as a tool: questioning sectional convention and harnessing spatial priority to create delight and density.

We will work in London at height. We will work primarily through large-scale model making. We will walk, look and draw the city as a collective.


Image: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan