Here are some of my attempts for site analysis. I have shown the neighboring buildings the circulation around the site by car and foot as well as the sound pollution on the king street, wind direction and the sunlight.
Monday, May 31, 2010
This project is about designing an art gallery with a residential part within. We could choose our site among 3 sites located on King street, Newtown. Among these sites, I had to decide which site could offer the most opportunities for playing with ideas of organisation of circulation and manipulating interesting lighting qualities. The one I chose was the longest and narrowest envelope and has a number of interesting contextual qualities: the unrestricted access to the Lennox St backstreet and Camperdown Memorial Rest Park; and the neighboring icons of student culture such as the Dendy Cinemas and small restaurants; and the almost maligning presence of the church.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
My Materials would be glass, concrete coloured in white and Steel columns that support a glass roof. ( The roof is in glass because I want as much light as possible and I don't want any shades created by roof )
In this model I used Foam core boards representing white colored concrete for my base and my floors and 2 kind of perspex representing glass. The roof is also made by clear perspex.
I have designed two separated spaces connected to each other by rising stairs and under one glass roof. The two spaces are designed for seating inside and resting, or chatting.
These two spaces have different characteristics which is defined by two type of glass walls with defferent heights.The glass walls play an important role here. in the first space the walls are transparent so inside is visible from outside but in comparison with the second space, it has higher walls. Although this space has higher walls but there is not much privacy as every thing is visible from outside.
Three rising stairs lead you to the second space which has non transparent glass walls but lower than the first space. This space gives you the sense of being outside in the middle of the society while you are protected by the non transparent glass walls.
The two spaces are being lifted from the ground. My idea behind it was because the second space which is derived from Hopper painting shows an idea which is from his time, that was still suspended and doubtful and had not find it's place in society properly.
There is a wall 4 openings infront of the second space. This wall helps with the play of lights and shadows in the second space as well as improving the privacy of the second space.
Inspiration From Precedents:
I got some inspirations from Farnsworth House by Mies Van Dor Rohe. This building played an important role in moving from classics to modern architecture and I wanted to use its key features for my space as my space also shows the movement from classic moralities to new ones which suites the modern society better.
The key ideas I chose from this building was the materials which are glass, concrete and steel frame and white colour.
My Narrative is : A nonthreatening and comfortable space in the middle of a crowded and modern city for chatting.
My site is suppose to be on Hyde Park.
The reason I chose that, is because I was looking for an open space in the middle of a modern, crowded city among the high raised offices-which is part of our every day life- and I want to design a space to put all this mess behind and rest for a while.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter.In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.[Sherry Maker, Edward Hopper, Brompton Books, New York, 1990, p. 6]
Chop Suey, 1929, Edward Hopper, american, 1882-1967, oil on canvas, 32*38 in. Collection of Barney A.Ebsworth
This is one of his paintings I became interested in. I think There is a lot to read in it. From women to the culture of that time and to the effects and impacts of it.
In Hopper's time, Women took their place in New York restaurants as never before. In restaurants hopper saw the changing face of the American woman. Victorian-era rules of feminine behavior were being discarded everywhere. For a proper woman, "dining out" traditionally meant eating in the company of a suitable escort, lest the lady be mistaken for a prostitute; typically only male businessmen or travelers dined in restaurants. When the discreet but friendly sign "Table for Ladies" appeared in the window, it signaled a restaurant's acceptance that society was changing.
In this painting newly liberated women who work, dine, live independently are being shown. They are seating by one of these Table for Ladies. As the window which they are seated by is half covered so they are not being watched or starred from outside and they feel more comfortable while they have good light inside. At the meantime, there is a couple seating behind them by a window which is not covered.The two women do not seem to be happy. They look like depressed or tired, maybe of the burdens or pressure on them occurred by new industrial and society revolution. Maybe the only thing which calms them down is talking to each other. What they need is a place of refuge, comfortable, nonthreatening environment.
Although this is clearly a figurative work, Hopper flirts with abstraction. The women are surrounded by a balance of geometric forms: the angular table between them, the layers of rectangles that animate the foreground window, and the blue and yellow patches visible through the far window that suggest shafts of light on the adjacent building.