(by Joseph) I’d like to start of Jamee by saying great job on the project I really like your circulation in the building and how the site was really incorporated into the project, even down to the detail of describing the type of plants being used. Another aspect that I was impressed by was progression of the spaces, and how these different spaces were connected by the common theme of the wrapping light walls. It was very interesting listening to your presentation. Good job.
The reviewers gave some helpful comments on how you might be able to take your project further. One of the main aspects that they kept hitting on was the “divorce” between the outer structure and the inner structure. The reviewers would have liked to see more of a connection between the outer wall, the translucent space, and the inner structure. They did think it was very intriguing how your outer corridors swelled from 6 ft to 8 ft and then back to 6ft again and began to discuss how space and light can inform program. I think this idea is very interesting, and something that should definitely be kept in mind for later projects. Another comment made was the idea of applying a second concept to your project, so that instead of just wrapping maybe there is the idea of wrapping and dissolving with light. While these interesting ideas were discussed the main point of contention seemed to be the gap between the roof and outside wall. Maybe try to think of how the roof could be incorporated into the light experience.
Great job this semester and I was really impressed by your progression of thought from the block to the wall to the building plan, i was really easy to see the connection.
Midterm Review PanelConceptual Model: Light effects not only inform the gallery spaces, but beyond. They reach to all spaces within the structure. Light effects can be seen here in gallery and it can also be seen permeating translucent wall to inform reading area.
Tucson Field Trip
Final Concrete Pours.
Pin Up Requirements:
1. The Apple Store, in Scottsdale, AZ demonstrates an illumination transition from refracted natural light to channeled artificial light. In the late afternoon hours, the soccer field length of East-West wall is imposing as the glare of the sun is embraced by the purely steel material. The West facing glass refracts the light in two directions, horizontally to the north, and vertically to the south. The void, of trapezoid shaped shade, is stark in comparison. As twilight came to an end, around 6:15pm, the store front begins its transition…the natural light that lit up the enterior of the “tunnel’ building is replaced by lights from within, channeling outward. For approximately 20 competing minutes, this creates a sense of “power-play” between natural and artificial light.
2. Parkway Christian Church, in Surprise, AZ engages a playfully romantic dance of natural and artificial light. This dance of light warms and defines an outdoor gathering area. From the bright yellow painted concrete walls and beautiful glow of a vivid orange sunset, to the addition of fire, ending with the soft glow of artificially diffused light, one feels a progressive sense of warmth and exchange, within a strong sense of welcome. The lead of the yellow wall draws attention to his partner, the graceful sunset. The central fireplace cuts in on this dance, sending the brightness of the wall into the shadows. As the sunset retires, the fire takes a new partner, the soft and slender glow of a lone artificial light.
3. The White Tank Branch Library and Nature Center, in Waddell, AZ reflects what can be labeled as a reverse sunrise phenomina. As the sun rises, the green-painted concrete building seems to wake up. The Corten steel structural columns and decorative beams begin to glow at about 7am, becoming brighter and more illuminescent until the sky is almost white, at about 7:20am. Surprisingly, this effect then begins to reverse; the glow of the Corten slowly diminishes. At 7:45am this building, at the furthest Western edge of the Phoenix Valley, appears to have fallen back asleep.
Exercise One. Additional Process Work