The current state of the meat production industry has been under fire in recent years concerning the humane treatment of the animals subject to slaughter. This project attempts to address these problems in a severe way, without pushing a "vegetarian agenda." The aim instead is to create an environment of awareness in which we are able to question the tradition of architecture as being that which comforts, shelters, and otherwise hides the unmentionable. As an exploration of a new kind of understanding in the architectural discourse, this project makes the user a central piece in the slaughtering process. Imitating previous traditions in the early Chicago Union Stock Yards of the late 1800's, this particular abattoir requires that the consumer also be the executioner, and follow the cattle carcass downwards in a gravity-induced butchering line.
The aesthetics of the building are intentionally mechanistic, to further emphasize the transition to an environment of removal. However, this is further articulated by positioning the mechanics to the exterior of the building. Passers-by witness a ballet of death, while the interior is left close to bare in order to facilitate some type of communion between the consumer and the product.