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CROSS BRACES Proposal for the Intercourse Art Space, Brooklyn, New York, 2012 (...) cross bracing is a system utilized to reinforce building structures in which diagonal supports intersect. (source: wikipedia) The exposed wooden construction of the Intercourse Art Space immediately caught my attention. By proposing a secondary structural system into the existing system, Cross Braces represents a specific reading of the complex structural site conditions. This geometric approach looks beyond structural needs and focuses on finding opportunities for implementing a system that adopts both rhythm and scale of the system found on site. This architectural prototype reflects the structural typology of the building by introducing the traditional structural member of the cross brace. Through repetition and scaling, the cross brace is taken out of its two-dimensionality and turns into a double-curved surface. This creates a spatial configuration that allows for a different interpretation of structure and space: the newly introduced system will subdivide the space into a set of repetitive arch elements, which create a new spatial relationship between the second floor and the main space. The system thus becomes the mediator between column and wall, between floor and ceiling. It takes advantage where needed and becomes independent when possible. The irrational is confronted with the rational, the orthogonal becomes parallel. Cross Braces take advantage of the diagonal members of the main y-shaped columns holding up the 2nd and 3rd floor. Towards the main space, the pieces formulate a huge cantilever and are suspended from the joist of the main trusses. Inside the space, the system adopts to the secondary beams of the ceiling. spatial relationship between the second floor and the main space. The system thus becomes the mediator between column and wall, between floor and ceiling. It takes advantage where needed and becomes independent when possible. The irrational is confronted with the rational, the orthogonal becomes parallel.