What can be inferred about the recent NOHO?
Keywords: NOHO Historic District, Recent Environment of the area, Minimalism, Functional School Planning
My essential idea for the school begins with the building location within NOHO. Through the NOHO Historic District, Designated June 29, 1999 legislation, by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the environment of the area must be protected because of the strict enforcement of the law. Most buildings in the NOHO Historic District area maintained their original architectural character, loft spaces for factories, although the interior spaces of the buildings have been used for commercial purposes. Some retail stores have even preserved the original forms of the loft interior style, while many other stores have redefined the space in a modern style. The design the NYU Graduate School of Architecture, utilizes a Minimalist approach which is effective and beneficial, modern since this style aims to provide spaces that are functional and neutral. The character of the design is practical, clean, and streamlined. Hence, this building conserves the loft style layout and incorporates a Minimalist interior design, which allows students to evolve in an open environment
How can I analyze the building structure?
Keywords: Minimalist Architecture, Unusual Area within a space
In addition to its location, I have also studied to grasp the building structure and developed a second parti, the concept of a space within a space. The building is composed of six different floors, including a roof top, with 7 structural columns on each floor. This means that the entire space will be sectioned with some characteristics of minimalist architecture. Each floor will have its own character and function which is highlighted by special area of the floor. For example, a special exhibition area in the basement can host unique exhibitions. An event hall with a beverage bar on the main floor can create an informal and energetic space to host events. A wider lounge area with an exhibition wall on the 2nd floor can offer an interesting space for people to relax or study. A special reception area on the 3rd floor can be used for the circulation. Both drafting walls with a lounge on the 4th floor can be furnished with innovative interior elements. Finally, a grass floor with some outdoor artworks and an ivy covered wall on the roof top can create a space for people to have a meditative catharsis. All of these floors should blend in together through the use of similar design elements, materials and colors to make the interior space cohesive.
Status: School Project
Location: 383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
My Role: Design Studio I
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