RACA
Rock Art Center Addition
Petroglyph Gallery

Rock Art Center Addition

What do we do with this sacred place of memories? Sustained ambiguity as a weapon against the pursuit of facts.

Two demands for the additional gallery space of RACA (Rock Art Center Addition): A. REFLECTION (museum) or B. CONTINUATION (practice + addition). The current program and its stagnancy has left the site forgotten—it is a typical static museum on a living site. The site and addition must constantly change through the participation of people. The space will reflect the questions left by the petroglyphs of past cultures—a reminder of stories that we will never know and an act of creation to leave behind for others to reflect on.

PROGRAM: Rock Art Center Addition

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2010
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Perspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at night

The existence of art without authors is a spectacle at odds with the contemporary world. Wandering without facts.

Perspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at night
Perspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at night
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Perspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at nightPerspective of the desert wash landscape with visitor trail in front of the glowing RACA gallery extension at night
Exploded diagram of the RACA gallery showing the lower gallery spaces, the viewing deck, and the upper cladding systemExploded diagram of the RACA gallery showing the lower gallery spaces, the viewing deck, and the upper cladding systemExploded diagram of the RACA gallery showing the lower gallery spaces, the viewing deck, and the upper cladding systemExploded diagram of the RACA gallery showing the lower gallery spaces, the viewing deck, and the upper cladding system
Perspective looking at attached visitor path along the top of the RACA gallery for public participation in leaving carvingsPerspective looking at attached visitor path along the top of the RACA gallery for public participation in leaving carvingsPerspective looking at attached visitor path along the top of the RACA gallery for public participation in leaving carvingsPerspective looking at attached visitor path along the top of the RACA gallery for public participation in leaving carvings
Series of study sketches of a RACA gallery that slopes toward the desert landscape and shields from the adjacent suburbsSeries of study sketches of a RACA gallery that slopes toward the desert landscape and shields from the adjacent suburbsSeries of study sketches of a RACA gallery that slopes toward the desert landscape and shields from the adjacent suburbsSeries of study sketches of a RACA gallery that slopes toward the desert landscape and shields from the adjacent suburbs
Series of sketch studies of the extended RACA gallery spaces spreading into the landscape from the central washSeries of sketch studies of the extended RACA gallery spaces spreading into the landscape from the central washSeries of sketch studies of the extended RACA gallery spaces spreading into the landscape from the central washSeries of sketch studies of the extended RACA gallery spaces spreading into the landscape from the central wash
Perspective of the main interior gallery space of the RACA addition with layered panels sloping to the desert landscapePerspective of the main interior gallery space of the RACA addition with layered panels sloping to the desert landscapePerspective of the main interior gallery space of the RACA addition with layered panels sloping to the desert landscapePerspective of the main interior gallery space of the RACA addition with layered panels sloping to the desert landscape
Satellite image of the RACA site illustrating the city of Phoenix as a landscape of carved symbolsSatellite image of the RACA site illustrating the city of Phoenix as a landscape of carved symbolsSatellite image of the RACA site illustrating the city of Phoenix as a landscape of carved symbolsSatellite image of the RACA site illustrating the city of Phoenix as a landscape of carved symbols
Study model of a floating RACA gallery mass floating above the existing visitor center with a skin made of shifting symbolsStudy model of a floating RACA gallery mass floating above the existing visitor center with a skin made of shifting symbolsStudy model of a floating RACA gallery mass floating above the existing visitor center with a skin made of shifting symbolsStudy model of a floating RACA gallery mass floating above the existing visitor center with a skin made of shifting symbols
Animation of the various layers of structural logics and visitor paths through the new RACA gallery and studio additionAnimation of the various layers of structural logics and visitor paths through the new RACA gallery and studio additionAnimation of the various layers of structural logics and visitor paths through the new RACA gallery and studio additionAnimation of the various layers of structural logics and visitor paths through the new RACA gallery and studio addition
Site plan illustration showing the encroaching relationship between the adjacent community and the petroglyph RACA siteSite plan illustration showing the encroaching relationship between the adjacent community and the petroglyph RACA siteSite plan illustration showing the encroaching relationship between the adjacent community and the petroglyph RACA siteSite plan illustration showing the encroaching relationship between the adjacent community and the petroglyph RACA site
Exterior perspective of the RACA gallery opening up to the desert landscape for a nighttime performanceExterior perspective of the RACA gallery opening up to the desert landscape for a nighttime performanceExterior perspective of the RACA gallery opening up to the desert landscape for a nighttime performanceExterior perspective of the RACA gallery opening up to the desert landscape for a nighttime performance
Concept sketch studying the relationship between the structure, the gallery, and the external path of the RACA additionConcept sketch studying the relationship between the structure, the gallery, and the external path of the RACA additionConcept sketch studying the relationship between the structure, the gallery, and the external path of the RACA additionConcept sketch studying the relationship between the structure, the gallery, and the external path of the RACA addition
Perspective of the wash between the RACA addition and the petroglyph mound and trailPerspective of the wash between the RACA addition and the petroglyph mound and trailPerspective of the wash between the RACA addition and the petroglyph mound and trailPerspective of the wash between the RACA addition and the petroglyph mound and trail
Perspective of the front entry to the RACA gallery at night showing the upper viewing deck and the structural logicPerspective of the front entry to the RACA gallery at night showing the upper viewing deck and the structural logicPerspective of the front entry to the RACA gallery at night showing the upper viewing deck and the structural logicPerspective of the front entry to the RACA gallery at night showing the upper viewing deck and the structural logic

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