Y-Knot was a collaborative conceptual architecture project with Mark Garcia which was published in AD 'Architextiles' issue, 2006 and guest edited by Mark Garcia.
The knot was the first architectural joint. The idea of the joint, as a single detail, becoming the entire building was the objective of this study. After digitally generating the topography of the knots, Garcia and Goslan developed the final sketches for projects located in London's East End. The forms hover lightly over the ground at three access points, allowing for large open, shaded public spaces beneath the buildings. Large muscular, torqued cantilevers swerve out over the landscape, increasing the space available on the upper stories, allowing for circulation throughout the buildings and providing dramatic and 360 degree views onto the surrounding parkland and out over London. Supported by a textile-like, circular section mesh of steel beams this structural fabric supports the pixel-like, semi-transparent glass and metal panels of the exterior envelope and the internal floor plates, leaving large, cost effective and column-free open spans throughout the interior. Made from economical quadrilateral panels, there is not a single curved surface on the entire skin of either building.
Addressing the past and present social and cultural contexts of Mile End and the Lower Lea Valley, the forms of the Africa Centre on the banks of the Grand Union Canal and the Olympic Media Centre in the Lower Lee Valley refer to the historic textile and rope factories in the area, the knotting and weaving of Islamic geometry, braided Afro hairstyles and to the smooth joining of nations for the London Olympics 2012.
The knot building was submitted to the competition for a public artwork at the London Olympics.