Feb '13 - Apr '14
This past Friday was our studio's midterm review. The project this quarter is a museum located in Little Tokyo, on an infill lot between the crossings of 1st street and San Pedro. The dimensions of the lot are 50x100 Ft. so it is rather small project. This quarter I have been working on an abstract level to better understand spacial quality, relationships and conditions. I have used regulating lines, minor and major datum lines, syntax and vocabulary, and an irregular grid to derive a variety of spaces. For midterm I presented an abstracted museum which does not necessarily work programmatically, rather I used it as an exercise to create interesting spaces which has set up the framework for my museum. From now until the end of the quarter I will focus on tying in the programmatic functions while maintaining a dynamic set of spaces.
In addition to designing the museum, I have carved the ground. Instead of dealing with a flat 0’ elevation, I have excavated to -11’. I dealt with the ground and museum separately, so when combining them there was problems as expected. I embraced the complications and used them to fuse the two together. The commentary that I received from my jury was to create “more friction” between the earth and the museum. This is another issue I will focus on heading into final review.
I then did diagrams to better understand my project. The first diagram I did was an exploded axonometric of the parts I was working with. The diagram shows a focus on folding, I noticed that most of the folds I created were in the horizontal while only two of the folds were in the vertical direction, as I begin editing I will focus to keep a balance between the two. I also noticed that there was one case were I included an intersecting cube, which is a bit odd since I focused on folding. Although this opens the opportunity to use multiple techniques I would rather stay consistent with a fold.
Parts v. Assemblage
Cal Poly Pomona architecture student.