Phototropic Aggregation

The ceiling system as introduced by SOM’s CIGNA building in the 50’s has made possible the contemporary office building.  The compact layer of HVAC, lighting, and telecommunications are at the heart of the ubiquitous office building.

Phototropic Aggregation proposes an approach to the ceiling system that uses the environment, rather than overcoming it, providing a more diverse programmatic hierarchy within office.  The buildings program ranges from narrower, circulation zones, to medium anchor programs, to larger more flexible spaces.  A gradient system of structure and porosity respond to the local programmatic demands.

Michael Kubo and Kyle Steinfeld

Additional Contributers:
Jasmine Ho