2c Embodiment (spatial models)



If plans and sections support the development of a design logic and regulating system for your Ski Chalet in two dimensions, then models allow you to further understand and develop the experiential effect of these systems in three dimensions.

Building a large scale section and spatial model of your project, expand your exploration of  how  various systems can work, in concert, to shape experience (i.e.  spatial sequences, apertures, structures, envelopes, circulation, material qualities, natural and artificial illumination).  You might explore a singular and unified composition, or the  building could have various experiential “states” in response to shifting conditions, like: changes in activity, environment, season, metropolitan context, daylight.

The review for the large scale spatial models will be in the form of a DESIGN COMPETITION, to be held in Crown Hall, and judged by a panel of guest jurors and by yourselves. Further details regarding the design competition to follow.


– understand the ways that space activates and engages your senses;

– improve your skills of narratively describing space and experience and criteria;

– develop modeling skills and craft;

– explore the strengths of designing 3-dimensionally in section;

– continue working iteratively between physical and digital in your process;

– experience a competitive project working environment;

– accelerate your project development.


Using the plans and sections developed over the past weeks, choose a portion of your Ski Chalet to demonstrate the spatial experiences of the building.  Models MUST be at ⅜”=1’-0” scale, and should be roughly (plus or minus)  18”x 24-30” in scale, representing a rough footprint of 2500-3000sf.   The model should be both sectional and spatial, and should capture both interior space, exterior enclosure and the site.


– Does the experience of your building contribute to its agency/agenda?

– Does your model capture/exhibit the primary design logic or concept for your project?

– Does your design and modeling language (the way you build your model) embody your concepts and criteria for the design of your building?

Deliverables: Design Competition/Wednesday/11 Apr 2014

1. Craft a high-quality physical sectional and spatial model.  Models are to have an approximate overall volume of 6 cu.ft.  (for example,  36″ x 18″ x 16″)   In addition, you must compose:

2. A 100-word statement of intent, describing the intent of the model in relation to the project.

This extremely limited means of presentation suggest that you should exhibit your very highest levels of craft and care.


300 dollars in sweet, sweet prizes will be distributed to the first, second and third place winners.


All, Locations for our midterm reviews tomorrow are as follows:

Studio Glynn – 3410, 2nd Floor

Studio Kwong – Crown Hall Center Core – East Wall

Studio Siemionow – Crown Hall Center Core – West Wall

Studio Schachman – Crown Hall Center Core – NW Corner

Studio Tinucci — Crown Hall Center Core – NE Corner

Start pinning up early, please, for a prompt 2pm start (unless directed otherwise by your professor).  And please return Center Core to as you found it after the reviews.