Monday, May 12, 2014
This board shows the bottom most level which holds the cafeteria, kitchen and gym as well as the preschool and kindergarten rooms.
Overall what I like about my design is the opportunity for outdoor connection and natural light because of the narrow forms of the building. However, the narrow forms also create long corridors which may be exhausting, as well as uninteresting dead ends.
My first reviewer wanted more attention to the scale, and to find ways to lead the ends of the corridors into different areas of the building, such as a staircase to another floor. This reviewer also recommended I square my classrooms and to start thinking about the rooms, interactions, and sequences visitors experience. Most of the surfaces at my scale seem overwhelming, especially at the entrance, thus I need to find ways to break up my surfaces, they cannot just be single long walls. Because of the long corridors, I may create interesting spaces within them, and make them enjoyable places to be and stay, instead of rush through.
The second reviewer suggested I make the bridge at the third floor a center point for the school. It could act as the "hearth" for the children to gather and play, or enjoy. Because it symbolizes the connection between the wildflower field of the upper left of the site and the open field to the bottom right of the site, it holds the most interesting views. I'd like to look into precedents that use interior bridges as connections between buildings.