Contributed By: Ana Misenas, Freshman Architecture Student
During the fall semester, we (the freshman studio) developed our projects conceptually. We created space based on the relationship between the occupier and the tectonics of the structure. This (spring) semester, we worked methodically and developed/recreated a space. At first, we investigated the complexity of an architectural space and continued by generating potential designs through numerous techniques. One technique was to target a feeling that we obtained while inside the space in order to understand how particular features emit a specific feeling.
Photo By Ana Misenas
“LURID - [While] exploring, it seemed that the more grotesque and broken it got, it simultaneously became more beautiful and intriguing.”
We then created the interior space as a solid (as if it were filled with concrete) - Inspired by Rachel Whiteread.
Solid/Void Inversion Photos By John Costello
We then inverted the foam positive in plaster, which lead to a multi-part plaster mold.
Using these shapes made from hydrocal, we reconfigured their relationships focusing on the circulation that it possessed and applying light to direct the occupier.
Photos By Ana Misenas
This exploration of different methods and techniques exposed various features of design and showed how simple but vital qualities of design, such as light and continuity, influence the direction of the occupier as well as the architecture.
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