Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Robert Guertin & Kelly Yuen

Chicago, Illinois


 

This project subverts the traditional notion of the alleyway as spaces that are neither memorable nor forgotten. With alleyways being a kind of architectural misfit while as connective tissue to the adjoining lots, Odds and Ends, explores the architecture that plays with the concept of familiarity while embracing moments of serendipity.

The design evolved from the form of the generic icon of domesticity- a gabled roof. The extrusion of this form encapsulates the extent of the alleyway and grafts the adjoining lots and streets together. Spaces of opportunity such as entrances, stairwells are identified and become anchor points to areas of activity. The radiuses of these anchors are projected onto the extruded gabled form to cut away areas that create a family of modules that are different in scale yet familiar in form. The scalar qualities of these modules enables a multitude of gatherings to occur to enhance the alleyway as the platform for the art venue. By doing so, Odds and Ends elevates the possibilities of alleyways as places that can be developed into meaningful spaces for the community.