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Justine Chandler

Justine Chandler

North Hollywood, CA, US

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This is the physical model we had constructed.
This is the physical model we had constructed.
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Nestled Bowl

This project was with a partner: Aileen Tang 

The main concept of the design deals with two contrasting ideas autonomy and unity.  Autonomy in a way that the main programmatic spaces are their own separate spaces yet unified by forming the focal point that is nestled at the lowest part of the site.  This focal point is a multipurpose amphitheater which ties in all the programs together to create unity.

Due to the conditions in Abeche materials are limited so the main material is derived from the site itself.  Through excavating the dirt to form the contours it is then reused for the rammed earth walls and mud bricks.  However not all the materials can come from the site such as rebar, concrete, corrugated metal, and recycled styrofoam.  The different layers of the building can be compared to the idea of a basket or a bowl.  When looking at a basket it is very dense at the bottom and becomes porous towards the top.  Similarly the building starts with dense rammed earth layers following by a lighter layer of mudbricks where the open rebar truss system sits allowing the light to enter the space.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Abeche Africa

 
One of the initial sketches of the design.
One of the initial sketches of the design.
the plan and section of the design
the plan and section of the design
A couple of perspectives to show what the school would look like built.
A couple of perspectives to show what the school would look like built.
This is a rendering of what the inside of one of the classrooms would look like.
This is a rendering of what the inside of one of the classrooms would look like.
research studies of mud bricks to get the right mixture of elements.
research studies of mud bricks to get the right mixture of elements.
We built a full scale mock-up of the design to test strength.
We built a full scale mock-up of the design to test strength.
This was a construction book we designed so that the people of Abeche would be able to construct the school themselves.
This was a construction book we designed so that the people of Abeche would be able to construct the school themselves.
This exploded axon shows the different components in the project.
This exploded axon shows the different components in the project.
wall section
wall section

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