Open Classroom - USC Wrigley Institute

Héctor Covarrubias del Cueto


The open classroom projected for the USC Wrigley Institute emulates the conditions present at a very specific spot on the bluff adjacent to the Institute. The north-facing surface of the bluff presents a unique, small, naturally formed indentation on the rock that permits flat ground to exist and generates its own special micro environment. The orientation and the position of the naturally formed indentation allows for life to thrive surprisingly at a very inhospitable landscape. A similar rocky site with the exact same orientation, very close to the original indentation was chosen to emulate and reenact its spatial conditions. The resulting space would slowly produce the same result as its natural informant, and allow visitors to appreciate the importance of aspect and position of the landscape in relation to life.