Upstate NY Lock House

This second year project was set in upstate NY on the Erie Canal at an existing lock operations facility. The program was to design a lock operations building, a public park and a lock keepers house.

At this time I was studying Mies Van Der Rohe, specifically his un-built project Brick House and how he manipulated space with simple planes. The interaction of spaces formed by these bypassing walls informed the way I situated walls on the site in this project. The series of walls are meant to guide the user and lock keeper in and around the site, ducking in and out of the ground, framing views and then hiding them as you progress.

As the boats would arrive and maneuver down and through the lock, the user would arrive and navigate up, through and around the earth in a similar manner.