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DESIGN PORTFOLIO Caitlin Seal 3rd Year ARCH crseal@ksu.edu


A C R E M AT O R I U M The architectual idea of this project was to create gathering spaces, or masses, for individuals to come together through the sharing of memories of the lost loved one. The masses provide intimate experiences with one another, and the earthly remains of the deceased. The concept that death ends a life, not a relationship was the driving factor of this design. I began studying how I could use it to influence the community scale as well. I began to see the sanctuary as one of the masses, and studying how the space around it could become a gathering space for the community to promote a better understanding of death in America.


PROCESS The design process for this crematorium started with a study of what death means to me personally, and how it is perceived by modern culture in the 21st century. I created an art piece as an analysis of this study, and it helped me form a strong idea for the project.


Proccession

Waiting Area Storage Mechanical

Employee Lounge Office

Enshrine

= Residential = Industrial

CAITLIN SEAL

Condolences

CREMATORY

Memories

RR

RR

= Green Space = Site

= Commercial Mechanical

RR

Storage

RR

Abatement

Crematory

Lobby

Commital Chamber

Garage Sorting Chamber Stairway

Ceremony Hall

Support

Structural Parti

Idea Diagram

Columbarium

North/South Section

East/West Section

North/South Perspective

This set of drawings was created at the mid-point of the crematorium project. At this point my design had evolved from site research, and how I could create a facility that promotes the gathering of community despite the circumstance of death. From this review I moved forward with more specific ideas on how to engage space with my “gathering masses.� I focused on smaller details, further studied material use, and experimented with multiple ways light could support my idea.


HIGHLIGHTS

Memories

Condolences

Proccession

Support


B

B

RR

RR RR

Storage A

A

Abatement

Memories Storage Crematory

Waiting Area Mechanical

Lobby

Staff Lounge

Commital Chamber

Garage Sorting Chamber

Office Stairway

Condolences

Stairway

A

C

A

C

CAITLIN SEAL

Enshsrine

C

Ceremony Hall

C

CREMATORY

Mechanical

RR

Proccession

B

B

Columbarium

Support

First Level

Second Level

Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

12pm: December 21st

Structure and Light

12pm: June 21st

Section AA

Section BB

Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Scale: 1/4” = 1’-0”


SOUNDS OF JAZZ Sounds of Jazz is a project for a new jazz club in downtown Manhattan Kansas. The design concept is to tie the history of jazz to the contextual history of the site in order to express the innovation of jazz. The way this is done is playing off of the fact that people are deeply saturated with the surrounding environment from the available approaches to the site. The limestone, window repetition, and scale are all factors that are consistant in the area. By using these in my design I am speaking to the history of jazz, and the solid foundation it has. The innovative and “new� approach to jazz is represented by the curved elements, and the pulling and carving of the historic forms. In whole, the building represents jazz and the way improvisation is the same material just expressed in a new way.


PROCESS The process of this project started with the exploration of jazz. I studied jazz, played jazz, and listened to jazz in order to understand the true feeling and soul of the music. I then proceeded to pick a jazz piece that spoke to me. Dream A Little Dream by Louis Armstrong was the piece I chose, and afterward I began to study how I could use this piece to influence space design.The idea started with me creating an art piece, and afterward extrapolating my intentions in order to create space. After this I had a very strong understanding of the idea, and then proceeded to manipulate the building organization and parti in order to strenghten the essence of the project.

Evolution of Parti


A LIBRARY The site of this Library is in Council Grove Kansas which has a population of 2100 people. The community is small with a very strong bond, and locals describe it as a hollywood representation of small town stereotypes. This strong community bond that Council Grove has can be traced back to wagon trains that would pass through the town. Men, woman, and children of differing backgrounds would be gathered around campfires, collectively relying on each other for safety, fun, and a way of personal growth. Today, however, council grove has a need for such a community gathering space. A place for a diverse audience to gather away from work, school, or a religious facility in an interactive way. A new library fulfills this purpose and illustrates that the strength of a library in the collectivity of it’s diverse audience.


The way this library promotes unified diversity is shown in the trapezoidal forms. Each space is forced to open into one collective space, which provides circulation, collaboration, and unification. The library is no longer about quietly absorbing knowledge. It is now about community sharing, and growth of individuals due to collectivity. The diverse notion in my idea is promoted by the quality of light in the collective space. Light scoops provide diversity of light from hour, month, to year which is illustrated by the light simulation results recorded in DIVA.


PROCESS This process started with researching what a library in the 21st century is. After much study I made an art piece that represented my interpretation of a modern library. I continued to refine the art piece 3 more times. I then proceeded to take what I learned from the art piece and begin interpreting it into form. The conceptual models led me to a building form that was saturated in my idea. From this point on, I began studying the spaces this form created and let it dictate my exterior design.


HIGHLIGHTS


Structure Diagram


FINALS


A

Hierarchy

Daylight Factor % Craft Area Maker Lab

Computer Study

RR

DN

RR

B

Structural Diagram

B

DN

Illuminance (Lux) 6/21 12pm

Elev.

Game Room

Youth Space

Patio

Served/Servant

A

Second Level Scale: 1/8th = 1’ -0”

Illuminance (Lux) 12/21 8pm

Parti

Circulation

A

Structural Axon

Useful Daylight Illuminance

Janitor

Public Meeting Room

Bookdrop/Staff

Adult Space

Workroom

RR

B

UP

RR

B

Collective Space

UP

DN

Elev. Kitchen

Class

Kid’s Space

Storage

Site Plan Scale: 1/32nd = 1’ -0”

A

First Level Scale: 1/8th = 1’ -0” Section AA

Council Grove Library Caitlin Seal ADSIII Fall 2017 Wendy Ornelas

Scale: 1/16th = 1’ -0”

Electrical

Mechanical

UP

IT

Elev.

Lowest Level Scale: 1/8th = 1’ -0”

Sectional Perspective BB Scale: 1/4th = 1’ -0”

Portfolio Caitlin Seal  

Current portfolio of 3rd year work at Kansas State University.

Portfolio Caitlin Seal  

Current portfolio of 3rd year work at Kansas State University.

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