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Queens College Athletic Center

Queens College Athletic Center

An accumulation and dispersal of structure and image: gathering as the track turns out from and returns back into the building, expanding as it moves around the curve, echoing the motions of the real and graphic runners.

Queens College, New York, NY
2005

The new running track emerges out from and return into the existing gym, the track structure suspending out to establish a new entry, the trace of the track lines above providing the tracks for lighting to the entrance below. The live runners will be accompanied by time–motion images of a running runner, screened onto the glazing, from the first motion study of running by pioneering scientist Etienne-Jules Marey. This static and dynamic motion will be visible in relation to the dynamic motion of people on the stationary exercise equipment in the new fitness center situated under the running track.

The structural elements gather as the track turns out from and returns back into the building, expanding as it moves around the curve, echoing the motions of the real and graphic runners as they move around the track — an accumulation and dispersal of structure and image. The structural elements structure the pace of the Marey runner, just as the Marey runner structures the pace of the glazing, setting the horizontal trace of head, shoulder, waist, and knee.

Design: LeClair Lucas