Figural Plinth Studies

Vertical studio project at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), instructor Elena Manferdini with AT Shawn Rassekh, 2016

This investigation sought to uncover the possibilities of redefining the notion of the plinth to create novel experiences of public space. By making the mass of a hypothetical plinth object top heavy, the possibility of freeing public space at ground level entices new understandings of both architectural mass and traditional plinth-building relations.

Axonometric views of figural objects

Object elevations

Unfolded elevations of objects showing relationships across surfaces

These studies developed a series of possibilities for the plinths which would inform more architecturalized iterations when designing a large-scale housing development for Chinatown in Los Angeles, a place with a surely uncertain ground.

The new plinths took further into account programmatic needs, spatial proportions and overall composition in regards to the site-specific conditions called for by the studio brief.