Stripe Chamber is designed for California Baja off-road racing. It is both shelter and lodging for racing teams to rest and recuperate from grueling practices and for equipment testing in the desert. The chamber is a split tubular container, conceived by a formal approach combining geometry and graphics. The goal was to create a well-integrated entity that demonstrates the limits of both 2d and 3d values in space-making.
The building has two major structural systems embedded into one singular-gradient composite body. It consists of an enclosed resting area, semi-open spaces of a kitchen and garage. The faring shells are engineered to evolve from stationary to movable, controlling the chamber apertures of light and air flow. The challenge was to build a small yet highly functional quarter, without spatial interruptions, capable to ergonomically register all the programmatic benchmarks.
Stripe Chamber is ultimately an experience of speed and immediacy, like encountering an expedient assembly diagram. It is affectively informative and fast, from parts to a whole; one perceives the logic of use and function on multi-connective levels, formal or graphical. The construct provokes shotgun-like instruction, accelerating vectors of activities from one end of the chamber to the next.
Project Lead: Andy Ku // Project Team: Juan Azcarate, Andy Ku, Kam Ku