The conceptual organization of this project operates around the idea of program overlap and juxtaposition. As this building is a conglomeration of not only many programmed spaces, but spaces that belong to vastly different programs, the framework for a hierarchical arrangement necessitated the institution of a system that would sectionally sort these interactions and purposefully and intentionally arrange them in ways appropriate not only to each programs spacial needs, but to the ensuing network of the different programs and sub-programs. Each program is assigned a unique floor to floor height appropriate to the type of occupation they present based on factors of four: 12' (Dorms), 16' (Berklee), 20' (ICA), and 24' (Retail). This method of distinction does a number of things: it creates recognizable programmatic distinction within a building that is comprised of four discrete program types; it allows for programatic overlap and the potential for like-program-elements to share a specific space, and it creates fissures within the building, creating edge conditions that visual and audibly connect spaces without requiring the physical occupation of the same space. The interaction between these programs is not constant, it is a gradient, a spectrum in section. A regularized ground floor and an orthogonal plan on the upper floors is accentuated by the tense interactions of the programs in the middle of the building, specifically and especially between the spacial, visual, and audible overlaps and schisms between the theatre, gallery space, and black box.
These three conditions, separation, overlap, and edge, give space to the designed interactions between these spaces, between the four buildings within a building.