I began this project by considering the Meydan by definition to be a gradual collection of the urban void that saturates cities. It functions as a transitional gradient, never allowing the occupants to completely find themselves inside, or outside of it, but rather insisting existing as a point on the spectrum between these extremes. In this way, at the scale of the immediate void, the Meydan doesn't function as a place, but merely as a path, or space between others. However, the scale of its vastness and the activities that occur within it determine a unique definition of the void as destination. In order to navigate the intermediacies between place, destination, scale of activity, and scale of association within both the immediacy of the site and its extended relationship to the historic peninsula at large, the intervention operates along both horizontal and vertical datums to tie the site to its experience.
Programmed figures located at each of the four transit-oriented corners of the site function as mediating programs intended to both bridge the varying scales of movement: tram, bus, car, and static operations: library, museum, commercial bazaar, with the un-programmed expanse of the Meydan's surface, as well as provide referential stability for the pedestrian vectors that are overlaid on the site, imagined in material striations. Programmed tunnels moving along these vectors, each extending armatures, reconciling the Meydan's void as place by allowing it a binary definition through experiential transition which serves to encapsulate the spacial experience without altering its existence as a Meydan by creating boundary or edge. These tunnels terminate in towers, varying in height, operating as doorways between the vastness of the surface and the enclosing interiority below while simultaneously serving to shrink the void by establishing intermediate visual destinations by which experiences can be oriented apart from the monuments that occupy the Meydan's ephemeral edge. Two of the four towers function as viewing platforms, unifying the varying scales of place by elevating the datum by which one measures his or herself between immediacy of the site and the extent of the surrounding context.