Spectacle of Nakedness Collaboration with Andrew Arytle, Jacklin Lee, Saba Salekfard 2015
Spectacle of Nakedness explores West Hollywood’s key characteristic: the desire to see and be seen. In addition to the given program of the project: hotel, office, and retail space, this project adds a bathhouse to enliven and activate the project. The design of this project allows hotel guests, office workers, and shoppers to be captivated by the bodies of bathers. It aims to create a layered performance space: a place of spectacle and “frisson”. The bathhouse is central to the history of West Hollywood. Unfortunately these bathhouses have been replaced by high-end retail and luxury apartments. This project is an opportunity to bring the bathhouse back. This project will place the human body at the center both figuratively and literally. Thus, it will give people an opportunity to admire the body of others or to be admired themselves.
The project is organized in three programmatic layers; retails on the ground floor, offices on the second, and hotel on third, fourth, and fifth levels. Each layer’s design intent is different from one another but is connected with the geometries of recurring spas and bathhouses. The layers are connected with structural circulation cores featuring stairs and elevators. Secondary cores act as light wells, and will provide an additional layer of structure. Pools present themselves as spherical additions and subtractions from the more normative project prism. The result of the spaces created allows visitors to wander above, between, and below the geometries to see and be seen.