Megan Panzano

A Living Architecture

This project explores the design of a new architectural type, a living archive - part-house, part-museum, part-storage - and the architectural implications of re-appropriating archiving as a personal enterprise. The dynamic nature of the act of collecting permeates and reframes all spaces of domestic use, their programmatic specificity, and tectonic definition. Containment is negotiated through a toggled reading of surface and depth and concealment and reveal. The geometry of the unit is developed from the klein bottle – a form created from a single surface that renders ambiguous conditions of container and contained / inside and out. In the design, boundaries and thresholds are always unfolding and negotiating for primacy with the spaces they enclose just as the single surface of the form is thickened at varying rates to house both object and subject simultaneously.

About The Designer

Megan Panzano is a Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where she coordinates and teaches in the first semesters of the graduate and undergraduate programs. She is the designer and co-curator of the recent GSD exhibition on housing, Living Anatomy. As an MArch I graduate with distinction, Megan was the 2010 GSD Kelley Thesis Prize winner for her thesis design of a new architectural type that explored the home as an inhabitable archive – an integral site of object curation and living. Through her independent practice, studioPM, she is currently working on an assembly of projects addressing spaces of change across a range of

architectural scales. Her design research has been published as a feature in Mark Magazine, Wallpaper, and Bauwelt, and Domus among other publications, and has been exhibited in the Cite de l’architecture show in Paris in addition to several Boston academies.