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Storytelling Store

Spring 2014 _ Carolina Dayer

Located on a narrow lot on H Street and 10th Street in Washington DC between a church and a restaurant, the Story-telling store represents the intersection of the divine and the profane. Becoming an extrusion of the church’s exposed structure, the building consists of four towers on the side of the restaurant, and a large circulation block on the side of the church. The bottom two floors of the building are submerged in the ground, separating the program into the creative (fiction, writing, etc.) and the grounded (non-fiction, recording, etc.) Where the divine, profane, grounded and creative intersect is a central staircase, which has different rise to run ratios, thus allowing visitors to pass through the space at different speeds, the way authors warp time in their books.

Initial Conceptual Sketch