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Mark Harris

Mark Harris

http://www.mharrisarchitects.com

1329 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, United States of America
Mark Harris is the founding principal of markharris Architects, PC., an architectural practice located in Colorado, USA.  Many of his current works are becoming known for their applied uses of combinatory urbanism, landscape art, cultural narrative within the built form, and component design theories, working towards “merging the technosphere of our creation with the biosphere of our inheritance”.

PUNK


An Alternative Music Venue

PUNK


An Alternative Music Venue
Punk, an alternative music venue located within an abandoned urban roof-top water tower, repurposes an 'urban remain' for new use, and much like the counter-culture it was made to service, it asks "will you accept me" - in this case, as architecture?
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  • Systemic changes

The idea of habitable space within the confines of an abandoned water tower brings to mind several notions about the rituals of habitation and the narratives between architecture, context, use, and alternative atmospheres. While a part of an existing urban context, yet is seen as a solitary figure of discarded spaces typically unconsidered. The water tower is less a 'natural' setting for occupation, and therefore gives itself much more readily to the contemplative setting of de-familiarization. Although the water tower does not de-familiarize the spaces and events that take place within, it does, nevertheless, de-familiarize our normal behavior and call to attention our own need to abstract what might otherwise be ‘natural’ activities.

The narrative between pictorial and programatic sequences, as well as the dialogue between architecture and landscape, become a forum for investigation into the intersections where function as imperative is transformed to fit a new set of meaning.


PUNK


An Alternative Music Venue

PUNK


An Alternative Music Venue
Punk, an alternative music venue located within an abandoned urban roof-top water tower, repurposes an 'urban remain' for new use, and much like the counter-culture it was made to service, it asks "will you accept me" - in this case, as architecture?
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The idea of habitable space within the confines of an abandoned water tower brings to mind several notions about the rituals of habitation and the narratives between architecture, context, use, and alternative atmospheres. While a part of an existing urban context, yet is seen as a solitary figure of discarded spaces typically unconsidered. The water tower is less a 'natural' setting for occupation, and therefore gives itself much more readily to the contemplative setting of de-familiarization. Although the water tower does not de-familiarize the spaces and events that take place within, it does, nevertheless, de-familiarize our normal behavior and call to attention our own need to abstract what might otherwise be ‘natural’ activities.

The narrative between pictorial and programatic sequences, as well as the dialogue between architecture and landscape, become a forum for investigation into the intersections where function as imperative is transformed to fit a new set of meaning.



Idea by

Mark Harris
Mark Harris
1329 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs
United States of America
Mark Harris is the founding principal of markharris Architects, PC., an architectural practice located in Colorado, USA.  Many of his current works are becoming known for their applied uses of combinatory urbanism, landscape art, cultural narrative within the built form, and component design theories, working towards “merging the technosphere of our creation with the biosphere of our inheritance”.