Looking at the City as a whole, the light rail is a connection/corridor, a movement between different activities. If one compares the City with a house, where different activities take place in different spaces - rooms, and one moves through regarding ones needs, than the End of the Line becomes another "room" that in a smaller scale contains in itself more "rooms" with different sizes and experiences. The different rooms contain different "urban furniture". Some of the spaces are open to the sky, others are sheltered, but the contact with the outdoors is established.
I would like to explore the design of a space that has very public nature, but at the same time is very secluded and highly individually experienced. I am interested in studying how space affects peoples emotions and perception, and how they can be manipulated. The manipulation could be through materials, exposure to outdoor elements (light, shadow, breezes, water) and connection/disconnection to the surrounding environment.
They are few themes by which I am intrigued: silence room, room of alienation, room of absence, room of happiness, open/close room.
The rooms address existing issues in the contemporary society. (the lack of communication among people, globalization, identification…)
The physical aspect of the ideas could be: Internet café, Bookstore (for the alienation room), or something related to TV or media. The ideas could be translated in how the building filters and connects to the surrounding environment, and it is not just like a box inside a container that disregards everything around. I support the existence of secluded spaces, but I believe that they still should relate to the context, and not ignore it in order to create seclusion.
How architecture reaches and moves people? It seems to me that one of the answers would be the response of the building to the surrounding environment, the integration to the site, and the constant awareness and remainder that there is something else beyond the envelope. This will give to the buildings a transitional role between people and what surrounds them, make the inhabitants part of the big envelope that live in. People live in different size and scale of envelopes: the biggest one being the planet, and the smallest one the room they dwell in. The building is a filter for the outdoor environment, not a barrier. Every envelope should coexist and collaborate, contribute to the holistic experience of the space. I am interested in exploring the connection and relation between these envelopes; between outdoor-indoor spaces (the integration of a building with the environment, making it one with the environment), and how they influence peoples perception and emotions. To me Architecture is like Music it evokes feelings and emotions; people respond to it.
…so in the next six weeks I would like to study this relation of envelopes through the Urban Rooms. I believe that this could be successive coexistence of the two ideas (Urban Rooms and Interaction between Envelopes), because Urban Rooms are essentially about trying to make inhabitants experience the public environment and take them out of the different boxes they populate. Regarding how I will put all this in architecture, probably I will look at materials that have transparent and translucent qualities, study presidents that connect indoor and outdoor space in variety of ways, and also study the relationship of envelopes among themselves.
Status: School Project
Location: Houston, TX, US