Helicoidal Reformatory

Instructor: Singley, Paulette
Studio: Woodbury 5B
Site location: New York
Design Intent: As stated by Walter Benjamin, the modern citizen becomes a Theseus inside the Minotaur’s labyrinth.

Jeremy Bentham stated , “that property in any object whereby it tends to produce pleasure, good or happiness, or to prevent the happening of mischief, pain, evil or unhappiness to the party whose interest is considered.”

Helicoidal Reformatory architecturalizes the action word reform, where incarcerate intersects liberation, and the prison in habits the voided space. More than the geometrical pattern itself, this prison is a labyrinth only to the activity of unwitting users. Th is project proposes the rehabilitation and adaptive re‐use of existing high-rise structure, One Manhattan Square, on the lower east side of Manhattan into a reformatory. Absent of experimental architecture, industrial the built environment oft en fails to serve society or and transform its inhabitants. A de-sign that explores synergetic relationships between human beings and nature proffers to reform existing models of incarceration. Extreme height replaces walled barriers, redefining the standard horizontal prison through the vertical orientation of a skyscraper. Merging the spiral prison of Venezuela, El Helicoide with the with the sky-scraper structure and generating two separate but interlocking helixes, the project develops distinct circulation systems for inmates and visitors. Aggregated clusters of micro‐cells shift in to produce section a central atrium, while occupiable platforms form communal spaces A parallel prison universe emerges from agricultural fields and gardens that transform the prison into a working farm.

AERIAL VIEW

 
 

SITE PLAN - SCALE : 1/32" = 1' - 0"

PANOPTICON FLOOR PLAN - SCALE : 1/16" = 1' - 0"

Circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could at all times be observed.

SECTION - SCALE : 3/64" = 1' - 0"

SECTION PERSPECTIVE - SOUTH VIEW

SECTION PERSPECTIVE - WEST VIEW

SOUTH ELEVATION - SCALE : 1" = 50' -0"

EAST ELEVATION - SCALE : 1" = 50' -0"

 

STREET LEVEL VIEW

 
 
 
 

MODEL - 3/64" = 1' - 0"

DEGREE PROJECT : DEAN’S CHOICE AWARD