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facilitating the flow of pedestrians moving from buildings such as the Clinton House to the northwest. •The building treats the gymnasium as a sacred space, and associates the showers (the main sources of water here) – with the grotto – which is a natural or artificial cave often found or built near water. •The grotto has also been a feature of many old cathedrals of Europe. Chartres Cathedral, for example, was constructed over a pre-existing druidic grotto or shrine. This move to make an underground grotto was an attempt to respond to the three churches around the block, as well as to the Masonic temple across the Clinton House.

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•The Grotto, as an intervention, attempts to bridge Seneca and Buffalo streets through a diagonal promenade,

•Programmatically, then, while the entrance hall, multipurpose room, and restrooms are located on the ground floor, where most light is, all other programs, including the gymnasium space, the lockers and showers, the mechanical and equipment rooms, are sunken underground. The lockers and showers are sunken even more, in order to accentuate the experience of going down to the grotto. •Structurally, the building consists of wood timber columns that support a wood space frame – from which the curtain •There are two major systems in the building. One deals with water collection and use of brown water in toilet flushing, etc. The water is collected from the slanting roofs, taken inside the main envelope in a diagonal reservoir (where it is mixed with regular water) exposed to the internal air where it is naturally heated, and then taken to the basement level – where the showers are. •Another system is the natural ventilation, where cold wind is introduced from below through mechanized openings. When heated, this air rises, bringing in even more cold air from below. There are also vents on the roof that allow

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walls are allowed to hang from without considerable foundation.

predominantly higher winds from the southwest to permeate the building. This system is critical during the summer, when temperatures can become unbearable because of the greenhouse effect that comes with the building’s glazed curtain walls. •The greenhouse effect plays an important role in heating up the building during winter. This is possible because of the glazed surfaces and the skylights facing south. with the outside through homeostasis.

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•A subsystem of this is the grotto’s entrance, which plays a significant role in balancing humidity from the showers

CONCEPT DIAGRAM OR DESIGN INSPIRATION IMAGE

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MODEL PHOTO


PANEL 1 (RIGH CENTER ALIGN PANEL LAYO


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SITE B

HT SIDE PANEL) OUT TO MIDDLE OF SPREAD


AXONOMETRIC AND SECONDARY DRAWINGS

1/16” = 1’-0“

1’ = 2’-0”

1” = 2’-0”

PARTIAL PLAN AND WALL SECTION Wall Section

1/4” = 1’-0”

PARTIAL SECTION, ELEVATION

PANEL 2 (LEFT CENTER ALIGN PANEL LAYO

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RENDERINGS

• The Grotto, as an intervention, attempts to bridge Seneca and Buffalo streets through a diagonal promenade, facilitating the ow of pedestrians moving from buildings such as the Clinton House to the northwest. • The building treats the gymnasium as a sacred space, and associates the showers (the main sources of water here) – with the grotto – which is a natural or artiicial cave often found or built near water. • The grotto has also been a feature of many old cathedrals in Europe. Chartres Cathedral, for example, was constructed over a pre-existing druidic grotto or shrine. This move to make an underground grotto was an attempt to respond to the three churches around the block, as well as to the Masonic temple across the Clinton House. • Programmatically, then, while the entrance hall, multipurpose room, and restrooms are located on the ground oor, where most light is, all other programs, including the gymnasium space, the lockers and showers, the mechanical and equipment rooms, are sunken underground. • Structurally, the building consists of wood timber columns that support a wood space frame – from which the curtain walls are allowed to hang from without considerable foundation. • There are two major systems in the building. One deals with water collection and use of brown water in toilet ushing, etc. The water is collected from the slanting roofs, taken inside the main envelope in a diagonal reservoir, and then taken to the basement level – where the showers are. • Another system is the natural ventilation, where cold wind is introduced from below through mechanized openings. When heated, this air rises, bringing in even more cold air from below. There are also vents on the roof that allow predominantly higher winds from the southwest to permeate the building. This system is critical during the summer, when temperatures can become unbearable because of the greenhouse effect that comes with the building’s glazed curtain walls. • The greenhouse effect plays an important role in heating up the building during winter. This is possible because of the glazed surfaces and the skylights facing south. • A subsystem of this is the grotto’s entrance, which plays a signiicant role in balancing humidity from the showers with the outside through homeostasis.


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Basement Plan

Short Section

Reeected Ceiling Plan

SITE B

North Elevation

T SIDE PANEL) OUT TO MIDDLE OF SPREAD THE GROTTO

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WALL SECTION MODEL


WALL SECTION

STUDY MODELS

DWG/ IMAGE/ MATERIALS

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Plan Detail at 1/8” = 1’0” and North Facade Perspective Rendering

DWG/ IMAGE/ MATERIALS

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Shadow Plans during Winter Solstice (December 21st in Ithaca, NY)

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1” = 4’-0”

Internal Perspective Rendering


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Space frame detail and Reflected Roof detail at 1/32” = 1’=0”

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STUDY MODELS AND DETAILS

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Top: 1/16” = 1’-0” Model on Site (Looking West), Bottom: Basement

SITE B

STRUCTURAL MODEL

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DWG/ IMAGE/ MATERIALS

1/8” = 1’-0”

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Comprehensive design for a gymnasium in Ithaca, NY

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