San Francisco International Cruise Terminal
Master of Architecture Thesis
Student: Wisitsan Disyawongs
University: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Professor: Monica Tiulescu
Semester: Fall / 2012
This thesis is utilizing the concept of fluidity as an architectural methodology.
Our modern world is exhibiting changing conditions and dynamic innovations. Contemporary architecture is a response to our modern life-style. The fluidity of architecture is the interaction of multiple elements from the scale of buildings to the scale of the urban construct. I’m interested in creating flexible spaces and flexible programs that are adaptable and spontaneous. The fluidity of my architecture also enhances the circulation and creates the interrelationship of the building to the city.
There are many examples of efficient structural systems. At the scale of the buildings, the infrastructure is one of the great examples of how to connect the people from one city to another. At the scale of the body, the veins convey and exchange of blood for functions. For instances, in medical treatment, the injection is the utmost efficient treatment for diseases.
Therefore, the fluidity of the structural system is my thesis concept. I would like to explore these concepts through my architectural programs, interior spaces, public spaces and the form. The project explores the integration of urban pattern, urban texture and the urban direction.
My project is a San Francisco International Cruise Terminal and the Waterfront development. The site is located at pier 27-31. The design strategy is based on programs analysis, programs diagram, which extracts and simulates the programs in the city to the site. The parametric procedure is algorithmic mathematics and is used to design the landscape pattern and the architectural form. The landscape pattern will form the building and the building will wrap around the interpenetrated circulation. In between the interpenetration, the spaces create the interaction. The algorithmic mathematics refers to the predictably changes. The number will change and transform consistently. The changing pattern illustrates and breaks down the solid structural system bonds between the urban territory and the city boundary.
A traveling is a seamless boundary. It’s the cultural transmission and a cultural exchange between people. This condition affects the cultural exchange at the urban level and creates integral knowledge. The pleasure of traveling is the smoothness of traveling and there’s noboundary between the destination and the traveling route.
“Functions are activity patterns, patterns of communicative interaction.”
The parametric functions create the variable event scenarios. According to the different programs, the variation will create the interaction between passengers and the local people. Security system within the travel terminal creates a rigid separation between travelers and the general public. My design proposal attempts to create a fluid interaction, spatially and visually through my continuous surface flow. The parametric pattern is the important strategy to define the evolution of contemporary architecture.
Exterior Perspective Night Scene
Site Analysis & Program Analysis Diagram
Program Scenario and Emergent Programs Diagram
Exterior Perspective – Aerial View from Levis Plaza
Exterior Perspective – View from Telegraph Hill
Exterior Perspective – Aerial View from North
Exterior Perspective – Aerial View from Bay
Arrival Passenger Hall
Departure Passenger Hall
Departure Passenger Waiting Area
Exterior Perspective – Aerial View
Ground Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Third Floor Plan
Elevations and Sections