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Raphael MONNIER

Raphael MONNIER

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

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Photo montage on site
Photo montage on site
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Understanding Architecture through Human Behaviour

This university project was developed in two phases.

-  The first part was about understanding the general atmosphere of Montreal, I emphasized my attention on interesting architectural details. From my analysis, two characteristics struck me the most: the repetition of motifs and shapes and the mix of order and messiness. To start designing, I developed these ideas into a simulacrum, a model that describe these notions. I got really interested how the site could actually become the center of the design.

-  We were then assigned a site at Outremont, a complicated one, where cultures and eras interlink. I used the axis, given by the connections between buildings, the views, the reference points and the history to start carving in the site. The point where an axis hits the site is created a view. The carved openings are based on verticality and lightness (in reference to the church St Viateur) and the shell is made to look heavy by emphasizing the layering of the load bearing brick walls (in reference to local building traditions). As for the interior, I tried to find new connections between space and activities. If all relationships between people and activities are clarified, interesting features can be developed in the connections of spaces. (light, circulation, privacy, display...) The client specified he would like a music room to listen to Wagner. So I tried to design the room to accomodate acoustically Wagner's operas. To do so, I developed the three main features of Wagner's opera house: the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Montreal, QC, CA

 
Understanding the material
Understanding the material
Simulacrum, Montreal's architecture ambiance
Simulacrum, Montreal's architecture ambiance
Exploding and rebuilding model
Exploding and rebuilding model
Process model
Process model
Material model, 2 types of brick, 2 types of mortar
Material model, 2 types of brick, 2 types of mortar
Sketchup rendering
Sketchup rendering
North elevation
North elevation
East elevation
East elevation
East elevation
East elevation
West elevation
West elevation
East section
East section
North section
North section
Final model
Final model
Final model on site
Final model on site
Bayreuth Festspielhaus, inspiration for the music room
Bayreuth Festspielhaus, inspiration for the music room
Perspective 1
Perspective 1
Perspective 2
Perspective 2
Perspective 3
Perspective 3
Perspective 4
Perspective 4
Perspective 5
Perspective 5
Perspective 6
Perspective 6
Perspective 7
Perspective 7
Perspective 8
Perspective 8
Perspective 9
Perspective 9
Perspective 10
Perspective 10

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