[RISD Wintersession 2012- W202]

sketchbook drawings - gouache, gesso, sumi ink, felt pen. [spread: 10x16in.]

Propositions in Guatemala:

The site where we would propose a program and public bathroom, was called a pilas communales: a community wash basin.
Here, women came early in the dawn to wash their clothes, and to talk together.
In front of this old site was an empty park, lined with 17 ancient palm trees. On two sides are a continuous facade of single story homes.
Across the street from the empty park is the entry court of the Church Hermano Pedro.

The public restrooms are organized through the course of a unit: a brick. As the walls separating the mens and womens ebb in and out to create private toilet to semi private hand sink to public wash area, they create a condition for skew.

The beams above the restrooms skew into a herringbone structure in order to meet the walls. This determines a particular brick pattern in the holding walls: each brick turning to accept a beam.

The skew moves upward, determining the shape of the exterior main walls at ground level. The space is a corridor with corners, allowing a continuous line of sight and passage east west, and an enclosure to the public realms of the Pilas Communales and Church of Hermano Pedro.

The organization of a public grounds for weavers stems also from a unit. Using various orientations of a single system, there is opportunity for intimate seating, direction, level change, and focal or drainage points to place the existing palm trees for weavers to attach their looms.

Towards the wash basin, the ground begins to dip, creating a reservoir for water.