Twisted Timbers

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Architecture / Drawing / featured

At the end of an amazing promenade of murals, The Village of Arts and Humanities on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, creates an amazing energy and an overpowering togetherness in the community around it. This interlocking togetherness and warmth is one of the main inspirations for Twisted Timbers. Interlocking, wood joinery is a major feature of the building; using it to filter light as well as make the eye dance around the facade.  This architecture plunges itself down into the ground and twists back up around the center core.  This core contains the circulation as well as a dramatic lightwell that pulls daylight all the way to the basement.  Functioning primarily as a recreation and meditation center for the community, this structure also plays host to local farming with a large open space on the main floor for a Food Co-op.  Twisted Timbers is a landmark at the end of this terminus that helps the Village continue it’s amazing work for the community of North Philadelphia.

The Author

My name is ZJ Hawk and I am a recent graduate of architectural design at Temple University in Philadelphia.  This fall I will be continuing my education at the Pratt Institute GAUD studio.  Design is something that must be made, drawn, cut up and reassembled; design is a process.  I share my work to inspire others to create and I hope to inspire you!

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