F'13 Studio: Joanna Grant

Learning from Kenneth Frampton's Critical Regionalism essay, this project seeks to address site specifics by producing an exterior typology that is not present on Princeton's campus. The campus, which is mostly composed of revival typologies, is lacking a tower typology. Towers as a typology signify monumentality and modernism. The relationship with the ground of the proposed design is in lineage of that of historical monuments: pyramids and plinths. The exterior could be in the context of any city as an anonymous blip in a skyline. But Princeton is not a city, nor do the programmatic requirement of one cafe, one small gallery, and four classrooms require a skyscraper. The scale is reduced to a miniaturized tower, with one program per level. The scale is so reduced that even an elevator cannot fit. The drones of the office towers that never visit the floor above them or the floor beneath would not find their place here, as the circulation in Tiny Tower travels through every floor, creating a sense of community among the students. Unlike the typical plan of the office tower, each floor is unique to itself.