Design Team: Jaime Correa
An unbuilt project for an archive of minimalist documents in the outskirts of the small town of Marfa, Texas. A single black tower emerges amid a cross-like landscape enclosed and protected by tall black concrete walls. The tower serves as a research repository for the numerous papers, books, photos, and flat objects collected by Donald Judd over the course of his lifetime. This is a welcomed complement to the Chinati Foundation’s dispersal of minimalist ideas in this area of Texas.
The site plan elements -including walls, landscape features, benches, shading devices, and buildings, are carefully arranged into 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, and 1:4 harmonic proportions. The center of the composition is occupied by a square building containing the main repository of papers, books, photos, and flat objects collected by Donald Judd overs the course of his lifetime. The main structure, a black concrete tower, is first perceived through a small gateway leading to a long entrance ramp at the front. Researchers would be able to circumnavigate along the main open spaces through a series of paths terminating on benches and shaded areas and laterally to rows of trees and water ponds.