MULTI-PURPOSE SPACE / SHELL //
Repetition embedded within a surface by means of transporting ones’ physical body from one plane to another. The facade of the building as described earlier as layers of porous shells to allow the inhabitants of the church to move from program to programs, was the first area to be treated with such a condition. The facade no longer blocked people from entering the church, it now allowed people to move into the compounds of the church without entering the church. The articulation embedded in the façade created an inside outside relationship. The first layer became the loggia/arcade of the church and it functioned as a buffer zone for people to hang out within the space before deciding to enter the church. For maximum transparency, the lobby was treated with a grid storefront system to allow people to see into the space; thus, making the space appear light when looking inside. The second layer, the lobby of a building can be many things other than a decorated space. My goal was to create a space that would constantly keep its inhabitant’s eyes moving. To do this, a gallery had to be introduced to generate a condition, where the gallery was always transformed or designed by an artist. I thought it best to introduce a gallery into the lobby as a means, to involve the community into the church. The church could now be a space that housed art works and not only welcome people to the church for worship, but now people in the community and many other patrons of art may visit the church for the gallery. In the end, the lobby becomes a multi-purpose space for the community and church members alike.