24 hr Building: A Study into the Cyclical Nature of Architecture
We live in a society dominated by time.
It plays a part in nearly everything we do. Time
tells us when to wake up, when to eat, when to
be at work, when its time to sleep, and so on.
Just as people are controlled by time, so are the
buildings we use. Th ese buildings oft en times
are very narrowly used. As a result, portions
of our cities are full of activity during certain
times of the day, while at other times become
deserted. What happens to the building
when it is not being used? Does the building
go to sleep? Do buildings need to sleep? Is
it possible to design a mixed-use building in
our nations capitol that never sleeps? Th ese
are just a few of the questions that began this
journey to design 24 hours building and the
cyclical nature of the people that inhabit them.