The traditional post office consists of hidden networks, opaque surfaces, and banality.
The interaction between patron and worker is minimal, the architecture is archaic, and the majority of the operations are kept from public viewing for security and privacy concerns.
Postal (re)FORM acts as a dynamic mail station formulated around mechanized mail sorting and delivery, opacities of public and private surfaces, and physical / visual interaction of components.
Exposing and expressing the internal circuitry of the complex postal system, the design also maintains a safe level of privacy by creating a hierarchal order.
Through displaying parts of the inner circuitry that are typically hidden from the public, the post office becomes an urban spectacle to be experienced visually, tectonically, and phenomenologically.
Developing on the traditional notion of PO Boxes as a way to store mail, a "mail wall" is designed to organize the physical communication of Burbank, organizing mail into gridded surfaces.
The organization of patron mail slots within the wall system is based on neighborhood proximities and demographics, creating communities at this facility relating directly to real conditions within the city.
This wall becomes a new layer of branding for the postal system, creating a communal gathering spots for locals to meet up, chat, and go through their mail in the company of new and old friends.
Projecting the evolution of communication from being highly digital (i.e. today) to a digital and physical hybrid, the wall is an interactive artifact of the mail delivery system, integrating physical mail with digital scrolls, WiFi access, advertisements, and projection touch screens that provide news, postal updates, and mailing information.