The current classical style State House (1900) in Providence which was all made of marble has the strong appearance of power that imposes on the original piece of native land. The action that removes the traces of life as well as the aging from the building to keep it “seemingly” perfect leads to a 19th-century version of the state house and detached the building from current surrounding neighborhoods. Instead of trying to keep everything in the building perfect, my proposal aims to embrace these kinds of imperfections and create diversity. By borrowing and giving back the power of nature, my intervention is to deconstruct the architectural power of the State House and use the resilience of nature to reconstruct the State House as a new representation of diversity today.

My design proposal is to create a well-balanced rewilding which means rewilding both nature and the human body. By introducing a scaffolding structure, in the site scale, the intervention is not only to rewild the State House area but also to connect two additional green spaces which are adjacent to it. In the building scale, nature can be supported to regrow in the façade, roof, and inside the building. Politicians and officers can work in a more dynamic space with the new thermal condition. The public can have more interaction with the space by adapting their body to the more natural space in the floor plans and sections, exploring species, taking care of plants, and getting fruits back. As time goes by, nature will return and therefore shrink the occupying spaces with only the most essential workspaces left. The rest will be slowly recaptured by plants, insects, animals, people – in short – nature.

Germination:
Decenter Humanity’s Place

2021

Site: State House, Providence, Rhode Island, United State



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