This project achieved second place in the 2014 Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture EPIC Metals Competition.
In collaboration with Max Park.
Envisoning the future of Pittsbugh, Shutter is not only a viewing deck but becomes an iconic building that will be the witness of many developments in the city. In contrast to many conventional steel construction methods in Pittsburgh, Shutter is constructed from modern construction methods of CNC fabrication and through an innovative use of metal decks. The pod rests in equilibrium between tension and compression. Rolling panels within the pod half closes the “eye”, which allows for views either towards the river or to the city. Shutter is always open, as it either encapsualtes the city, or it encapsualtes the river through the use of reflective panels within. The circular pod provides a seamless panorama of the virtual and the real. The contemplation of the past and the envision of the future is symbolic to the cultural heritage and future developments of the Strip District and Pittsburgh.