Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mid Review ARCH383 studio

Mid review for the shop house was last week, and I got plenty of good feedback...

 Here's the first half of my poster with the concept statement and some floors plans/sections/diagrams/perspectives. I chose to design my building off the concept of an "embrace." Sipping tea provides a temporary sense of calm and warmth as a hug similarly provides. I wanted to integrate this concept for the building form. I did this by having my two residential units look as if they are "hugging" each other in plan. The two decks that unify the units look like the arms of the units embracing one another.
 Here are some diagrams I used to serve my concept.
 I added the little clay model and paper model I posted previously that helped inspire my design.
 A couple quick perspectives of how the building's shape would look in the site.
 I added in some precedent images as well. Elements of the tea house are heavily influenced by Luis Barragan's Chapel of Capuchinas. I was inspired by how colored light floods into the building through the "waffle" wall/window.
 I wanted to use the "waffle" window/wall as my skylight for the teashop as well.
 sketch model, view of the tea house from the shopping square of the site.

 I wanted the small central courtyard to act as a unifying element for the two residential units, and an outdoor space to integrate nature.
 My reviewers were concerned about the courtyard. being such a small space, it'd be awkward to share with a neighbor, and deters a sense of privacy between the two units.

The reviewers also did not like the two "arm decks" coming off the north and south faces of the building. Being too conceptual, and not enough practical use for the building, I was advised to redesign the decks. being a narrow three foot cat walk, it essentially provided minimal use. It was also awkward for the catwalks to be connecting the two units. In retrospect, I now realize these catwalk like arms are quite awkward, especially on the second floor where they connect the doors of the  residential units.

 concept model
 concept model (this model came before the paper model)