ARCH 500A: Comprehensive Architectural Design Gallery: Social Equity in Tall Timber

Complementarity – USC Center of Social Justice

As the office building for USC Center of Social Justice, this project takes the idea of Japanese wood joinery and extends it to a building-scale. Spatial interlocking and complementarity are two of the main characteristics of these wood joineries, and they also show the concept of social justice: the balancing and the complementation between different social groups.

The huge voids with spatial interlocking symbolize the conflicts within a society.Besides their symbolic meaning, these voids also function as ventilation channels and outdoor patio, providing sectional variety for the users.