|University||University of Southern California|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, USA|
– (adj.) that which pertains to a hyperbola (a curve), or to hyperbole (an exaggeration).
– from the Greek: υπερβολική` (ypervolikí), meaning “casual excess”
Hypervolik is a dense urban housing project located in Los Angeles, just south of Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire area at 7th and Irolo. Surrounded by conventionally dense housing complexes allocating little to no space for community interaction, Hypervolik focuses on creating an environment of casual excess, where grand community spaces create an extravagant and lively residential community.
Hypervolik’s form is created by taking the stacked layers of a conventional, three-story courtyard building and peeling them apart, doubling the height and exposing the community spaces within. This new six-story building, one now with an equal ratio of public community and private residential spaces, will promote playful interaction between the inhabitants, creating an active community of residents. Here, one can spend time out in the open community rather than tucked away in one’s respective units.
The complex houses two types of residential units. The first is the smaller, typical unit, occurring along the static, straight runs of the layers, while the second, larger units can be found at the points where the layers peel either upwards or downwards. These special units are terraced along the peel into three distinct levels, for separation between living, dining, and sleeping.
The building’s exterior skin is offset in order to allow for individual balconies between each unit’s glazing and skin. This skin consists of a series of aluminum framed textile panels, which are individually operable in order to allow each resident the freedom to control light and airflow into his own apartment. Two elevator towers at opposing corners of the project allow for residents to circulate up to their units, while the grand peeling staircase in the center of the project leads one from the courtyard to the variety of community spaces above.
Opulent Libraries, Billiard Rooms, and Lounges on such exaggerated scales are more suited to a regal Manorial Estate than the typical apartment complex. Hypervolik’s equal ratio of public to private spaces creates such an environment of casual excess where the resident can become part of an active atmosphere of one community rather than 50 separate units.