As we move towards the mid-term, our goal will be to fully develop our proposals by working in model form, using sectional models at various scales to understand the complete array of architectural systems that combine to form space. Working with light, material, boundary, structure, circulation, use, furniture, scale, texture, threshold, etc, you should continue to build on your ideas from the inside out, working in as much detail as possible to fully develop the spaces of your monastery, and perhaps more importantly, the transitions between the spaces.
– design space and experience, as opposed to form
– continue to implement your programmatic strategies using architectural systems that primarily shape the interiors and volumes of your monastery
– learn to build efficient and effective large study models with a variety of materials focusing on spatial impact and an iterative process.
– develop diagrammatic building plans and sections in conjunction and harmony with models and spaces as opposed to before and/or after.
In the week’s time between now and midterm reviews, you are to rigorously develop the space and sequence of your projects iteratively, and predominantly in model form. Using whole building massing and sectional models of various scales, the individual spaces of your monastery as well as the sequence between spaces, and between the interior and exterior. Develop a series of models at a variety of scales that can be used to accurately and comprehensively describe your comprehensive building proposal, leaving no space unexplored.
Ignore the standard and time-consuming conventions of MDF walls and replace them with a quicker, more nimble, less consequential, and therefore more effective strategies for exploring layers of materiality, aperture, circulation sequences, furnishings, etc. Work in models as you would with drawings. Treat them as a sequential process of development. No two models should be exactly the same and no two models shall be completely different. Work in a controlled manner, yet rigorously to develop a number of different explorations that will ultimately provide the highest potential for your monastery design.
Develop a thorough midterm presentation that describes a complete building proposal, it’s spatial organization, it’s spatial character, it’s massing, and it’s site impact predominantly in model form.
Midterm Reviews will be held in Upper Core on Wednesday, March 7th, starting promptly at 2pm. Reviews will be conducted in your individual studios with guest critics.
Deliverables for the review are as follows:
– an organizational diagram or diagrams (such as plans and sections) that describe the sequence/scale/arrangement of your spaces and their relative position on the site.
– full building sectional models – minimum of 2 – at ⅛” to ¼” scale describing massing, sequence, scale and relationship to the site.
– individual space and between spaces sectional models at ⅜” to ½” – minimum of 3 – describing scale, light, experience, materiality, texture, structure, etc.
– any other drawings or models necessary to communicate your proposal or process. These make include study models, massing models, sketches, rendered photographs of models, etc.
NOTE: Models can be made of any and all materials, but focus on being specific and accurate to ensure that you adequately describe the depth of your exploration and the full and accurate experience of the space. For example, don’t model 12” thick gray concrete walls from a single layer of black chip board for your final presentation as it doesn’t fully convey your understanding or the proper experience of the material or scale.