Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario; Institutional

Architectural designs can be informed by ideologies. Often abstract, but many times blatant, the expression of building forms reflect the characters of its client. In the case of the Niagara border crossing, a pair of immigration centers illustrates the unique attributes of its respective hosts, while demonstrating commonalities.

 

A series of undulating rectilinear modules was devised from the Niagara Escarpment and Rainbow Bridge on site they are in. Placing this form in its vertical orientation, its ambitious and powerful nature fittingly serves as the American immigration facilities. Using the exact same form in its horizontal orientation, a calm and spreading inference suitably suggests Canada and houses its respective immigration works. As context informs the form, this one form conjointly applies to two distinct clients, in two distinct ways - pun intended.

 

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American Immigration Building

American Immigration Building

Canadian Immigration Building

Canadian Immigration Building

American Immigration Building

American Immigration Building

Rainbow Bridge Abstract

Rainbow Bridge Abstract

Niagara Escarpment Abstract

Niagara Escarpment Abstract

American Immigration Building

American Immigration Building

Canadian Immigration Building

Canadian Immigration Building

3D

Niagara Border Crossing, 2008
Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Site

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008
Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Canadian Immigration Building

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008
Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

American Immigration Building

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

American Immigration Building

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Rainbow Bridge

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Rainbow Bridge Abstract

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Niagara Escarpment

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Niagara Escarpment Abstract

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Parti Sketch

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Sketch Model

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008
Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Sketch Model

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Niagara Border Crossing, 2008
Niagara Border Crossing, 2008

Transformational Model: One form, two orientations, two building Canadian Immigration Building

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