wHole | Parasitic Insertion

Location: Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, PA

The inside of Hunt is monotonous and flat, and almost traps whoever is inside and cuts them off from the rest of campus. Although it is rich in materiality and life with its inner workings and construction, these facets are hidden behind the flat shelling of its insides. This parasite feeds off the building’s internal construction and structural system to create a unique space and experience to break the barriers created by the library’s design. By peeling back the layers and textures of the library and putting them on view, the parasite acts as an oculus to the outside world. The insertion uses the unique characteristics of the building to increase awareness about its inner workings and brings people and books to the light and outside world.

 © 2019 Zain Islam-Hashmi

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