Ithaca Aquatic Complex

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  • Duncan Steele, B.Arch. 2020
  • Hometown Toronto, Canada
  • Class ARCH 2101 Design III (second-year studio)
  • Instructor Visiting Associate Professor Ángel Martínez García-Posada

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.