Aug '04 - May '05
This weekend I've been working out some of the structural details and material choices. The pictures show a typical connection used for attaching "the tapeworm" form to the existing building. I'm not sure if it's going to work or not, we'll see when my profs review it. Basically i'm trying to hang 1/2" steel plates from the side of an existing load bearing clay tile wall. The detail shows cmu blocks inserted into the wall to anchor a steel plate that holds a 4" steel pipe. Another plate is then welded to the pipe and the 1/2 plate above. If anyone has any better ideas for this connection, I'm all ears.
I've also been working on the entrance courtyard elevations. I've decided on terminating the pedestrian bridge axis with an elevator encased in glass and cmu. I've also decided to use 3 glass pivot doors for the entrance. The doors shown on the section/elevation below will be operable on the sub level and the first level. Rather than using a typical glass wall for the 2nd and 3rd levels I decided to replicate the functioning pivot doors. I think the steel pivot makes a nice detail.
I'm going to work out a few more spatial arrangements this week in the physical model, then its off to the digital 3rd dimension.
I'll not be posting the football score this week. We need not relive that experience.
So what if I remove a clay tile and insert the steel pipe and seal with concrete. As the pipe exits the wall it will need to have a welded bend in it. The steel plates will be colliding with the wall at unique odd angles. Steel connecting brackets could be used to attach the plate to the pipe.