Ithaca Aquatic Complex

headshot of a man with short dark hair and round glasses and a white industrial ceiling behind him

Mirroring the formation of the Six Mile Creek gorge as an artifact of glacial movement, this project develops through the excavation of solid mass and the insertion of cage-like aperture walls that negotiate between the urban context of State Street and the calm of the creek and forest. Composed of a series of four monolithic slabs, the occupation of this system with program — swimming, resting, changing — evokes dramatic contradiction, while circulation is lightly sutured between the slabs and housed within the massive slots carved in the landscape.