Principles of Architecture III
Arch 201 – Fall 2016
Arch 201 – Fall 2016
This studio explored the definitions of architectural boundaries set by zoning envelopes, building codes, and real estate guidelines, while designing as well as investigating what inside and outside means for each agent involved in the building process. An art colony was to be designed as a solution to different requirements involving the concept of “inside-outside,” while distinguishing between the individual and collective spaces that the building envelopes.
My design proposes a two-story art colony, with the first floor as the gallery area and the second floor as the workspaces for individual artists and staff offices. A rotation between the two floors generated residual areas in between the two planes that utilized openings in the ceiling to allow natural light to enter the gallery area. Examining the inside-outside relationship, the outside on the inside, the courtyard, became a sacred element in the design. A central focus point within this courtyard inspired the design of every component of the rest of the structure. Each partitioning within the building focalized this point, which in plan and in section translated into a widening growth towards the edges of the building. Symmetry was obtained within geometrical calculations that determined each design component within this overall asymmetrical configuration. Private room sizes were determined in compliance with minimum corridor-width requirements. The widening was orthogonally cut in correspondence to the focal point. In addition, the roof was designed to further emphasize the courtyard. Thus, the design was generated as a delicate touch between architectural restrictions and the venerated courtyard. Each room diligently overlooks the courtyard, which initiates discussion on the definition of interior and exterior.
The final renderings are the superimposition of two constituent renderings for each image, one examining the horizontal continuity among the structure, and the other, the vertical subdivision. Each constituent rendering is a formation of separate lines each hand-drawn individually in accordance to the perspective.