This semester the studio design project will address similar issues to those we explored last fall but the level of complexity will increase as we also consider a fuller range of building concerns. Site, as you have already seen in the warm-up project, will not be flat, urban and empty, the use-program and consequent analysis and manipulation will be more complicated, and, in concrete we’ll be dealing with a material that is much more complex. And, of course, you will be including mechanical inputs that align with the course work in mech/elec.
The twelve-week studio design project will be for a lodge at the Big Sky Resort in Montana which has served as the site for the warming hut. The mid-mountain lodge site will be lower on the mountain but the site conditions are only slightly kinder. The use-program (11F_A306_Mid-Mountain Lodge Space Program) asks for around 9,000 sq ft of conditioned space and captures a group of disparate and loosely affiliated functions serving multiple user groups. The material about which the project is centered is concrete, and we will seek to exploit its potentials and qualities in the same way we approached steel last semester.
The project outline will feel very familiar but we will engage the project in a more layered way. The primary objective of the studio is for each student to develop strong competencies in the material topic: concrete. Other important goals are mastery of the workflow process demanded by a comprehensive building design project, ability to conduct research across multiple fronts and methods, ability to analyse a site and then design your way into it, ability to formulate a rich response to a use-program, and the ability to synthesize space, materials, finishes, fittings, and light into the alchemic world of place-ness. Oh, and be able to talk about all that too.
Successful projects will be those that navigated the project trajectory in a thorough and comprehensive manner, developed meaningful interactions and spatial relationships with a demanding site, mastered the complex use-program, manipulated space, light, color, and materials to create compelling spaces and sequences, fully engaged the topic of concrete, exhibited mastery of the structural principles surrounding the scheme, and deployed all the skills and techniques required to take a vague idea from conception to final review.
The project will launch on Monday 31 January. The mid-term review will be conducted on Monday 28 February (please note the change from the current calendar published on the blog), with the 85% review being held on Monday 11 April. All the work from the semester will be collected in 11×17 booklet format at 5:50 pm on Friday 29 April.