The Anatomy of The Corner
If one sees the city as consisting of a series of ‘intersections’ (crosses) rather than ‘blocks,’ (rectangles) it is not at all eclectic to design one cooperative housing project with four architecturally distinct corners. Here, each corner prioritises its status as a member of an urban intersection over concerns for intra-block homogeneity. Or, more accurately, it shows that it can play both games at once—four contextual corners combine to form a cohesive block. The ground floor of each corner is left ‘open,’ allowing pedestrians to take oblique shortcuts across the courtyard.