Here is a project from Jason Mould in my studio ARCH 552. This project was also chosen for the Year End Show.
The choices are usually open office, or the corridor office plan. However, with is project, a new type of office plan is designed in which the corridor and the office become one system. Within a simple matrix of grid spaces, rooms and spaces are allowed to have their own persona and characteristics, and with a simple tweak of this gridded system, more variation occurs. This system is set up using the basic structure system as a set of intersecting walls that form a three dimensional grid. By pinching these walls together, the spaces become less uniform in the horizontal condition, by having large spaces and small spaces all within the same system. Vertically, the walls are then twisted in order to diversify the spaces as they move upward, thus making every room within this system different from the next. When the inhabitants walk through this building, it is not open, yet there is not a corridor that is separated from the office. Rather the corridor is integrated within the office setting, and is defined by the furniture of each room. Each room is allowed to have its own layout and organization while simultaneously be a passage way into the adjacent rooms and developing the larger system of the building. Wrapping this entire building is a semi-opaque skin that hides the activities that occur within the building, but hints at the at the grid organization, by revealing the edges of the walls and floors, as well as the shadows that result from the depth of space. Cut outs within this skin allow for open air spaces that are place through the elevations, and the plan, allowing for each floor to have outdoor space intermixed within each office plan. This new office plan brings circulation, program, and structure into single coherent whole yet provides great difference and diversity.
And some details of the 1/16th model...
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