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FROM WHERE TO WHERE? AND HOW? JANICE CHOW

TERM 1 BRIEF 3 Tutors: Monia De Marchi & Shany Barath


Rooms, corridors, architectural elements, and spaces can be organized in many ways to compose a building. In this project, I investigate the design of buildings using 3 assigned spatial organizations applied on 3 specific building typologies:

Block, Flat Horizontal, & Tower By imagining how one’s body moves through and responds to space, I create precise visual spatial sequences for my buildings and translate them into models to visualize the building itself as well as a whole. The whole project is a process of how the given ingredients, after having undergone investigation, imagination, and experimentation, gave result to the latest iteration of my building complex.


SPATIAL ORGANIZATIONS

Linear Horizontal/Vertical/Labyrinth/Spine/Core/Circulation/Enfilade/Corridor Central ~Plan, Section, Volumes/Halfway Mirrored/Cross/Radial/Spiral/Pinwheel Network Fluid

~of Units & Whole/~of Parts/~of Paths/Collage/Fragments/Maze

Fold/Ramp/Promenade/Platform/Artificial Landscape/Inside Outside/Canopy

Stacked Layers/Bands/Strips/Frames/Segments/Bars/Columns/Slabs Peripheral Volumetric Grid

Edge/Threshold/Boundary/Inside Outside/Container/Envelope

Interlocking/Room in Room/Massing/Nested/Carved Volumes

Modules/Units/Components/Repetition/Tridimensional Grid/Unit & Whole

Cluster

~of Fragments/Masks/Voids/Islands/Groups/Objects in a Field


Linear Network Stacked applied on

BLOCK

Block Reference: Casa da MĂşsica, Porto / OMA


Keeping in mind Casa da Música’s original function as a concert hall with two auditoriums and a labyrinth of “behind the scenes” rooms (such as practice rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, cafeterias, storage rooms, etc.), I sought to retain the contrast between several massive congretation spaces and a large, yet orderly, assortment of small rooms in my spatial sequences and models.


ITERATION 1

1:500


ITERATION 2

1:500


ITERATION 3

1:500


ITERATION 4

1:500


SPATIAL SEQUENCE - ITERATION 4

01

A monumental staircase going up almost the full height of the concert hall greets the visitor as he approaches the front of the building. He can either go straight up the stairs to the auditorium on the top floor, or go round the side to visit the various stacked levels of practice rooms.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

02

The visitor never sees the back door, the designated entrance for staff and performers. From this end of the building, workers can easily recognize the soundproofed practice rooms on G/F, the bright and airy offices on 1/F, the windowless store rooms on 2/F, and the auditorium at the top.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

03

For the first-time visitor, the way to the auditorium is clear- straight up the main staircase. Only affiliated persons know to navigate around to the side to visit the network of practice/dressing/storage rooms.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

04

At the top of the main staircase is the auditorium’s front terrace. Right before the visitor heads into the auditorium, he is tempted to look back and see how far up he has climbed. And what a view- the terrace’s roof and railings perfectly frame the city’s skyline in the distance.


Linear Network Stacked ` applied on

BLOCK + FLAT HORIZONTAL

Flat Horizontal Reference: Rolex Learning Centre, Lausanne / SANAA


At first I was focused on keeping the square meterage exactly proportional to the original plans and programs of the Rolex Learning Centre. Offices and libraries took up the largest area, then the meeting rooms, then the food court, then the services (Iterations 1-3). Afterwards I moved on to better integrate the results of my previous typology- Block- with the characteristics of this current one- Flat Horizontal. I also placed more emphasis on the spatial organizations rather than the form of the building type (Iterations 4-6).


ITERATION 1

1:500


ITERATION 2

1:500


ITERATION 3

1:500


ITERATION 4

LINEAR: Direction of travel is only across [the floor slabs] and up [the escalators]. NETWORK: 2 sets of escalators lead to all levels of the building. STACKED: Stacked blocks support and stand at the center of stacked floor slabs.

1:500


ITERATION 5

LINEAR: Paths alternate indoors/outdoors. They always turn 90º. NETWORK: Paths cover the whole complex; there is no single destination or “main road”. STACKED: Stacking of blocks double up as walls/floors/ceilings at certain locations.

1:500


ITERATION 6

LINEAR: Paths alternate indoors/outdoors. There are no turns. NETWORK: Paths take visitors through and past other buildings to reach their destination. STACKED: Stacking of blocks double up as walls/floors/ceilings at certain locations.

1:500


ITERATIONS MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH ETHAN LI & SADIA RAHMAN

Linear Network Stacked ` applied on

BLOCK + FLAT HORIZONTAL + TOWER Tower Reference: Barbican Estate Tower, London / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon


I was interested in the non-conventional alignment of the apartments despite its regular placement of services in the center/apartments on the periphery. Together with my groupmates we looked into pushing the non-conventional to the extreme.


ITERATION 1

LINEAR: Elevators and staircases give access to all apartments. Main direction of travel is up. NETWORK: Every 5 levels, the floor slab branches out to form the terrace of one apartment. STACKED: Blocks of 5 apartments are stacked to form a tower.

1:500


FINAL ITERATION

Our final combined interation of the Block, Flat Horizontal, and Tower is a mixed-use residential and entertainment complex with a common entrance hall. While the whole complex is laid out with a network of paths leading to different areas within the complex, the linearity of the paths is most evident in the Flat Horizontal (entrance hall), where paths from multiple doors converge into one main path that brings the visitor up a central ramp to the next level. In building scale, stacking of Blocks is utilized in the concert hall. In a larger scale, the Block (concert hall) and Tower (apartments) buildings are stacked on top of the Flat Horizontal (entrance hall). Out of personal interest, we also placed a special emphasis on the inside/outside movement throughout the complex, so that visitors are frequently transferred between indoors and outdoors as they follow the designated path network.


FINAL ITERATION

1:200

Final iteration of the combined BLOCK, TOWER, and FLAT HORIZONTAL complex.


FINAL ITERATION

1:200

Circulation within the Complex is a network of linear paths, while overall, the Complex is a stacked arrangement of the BLOCK, TOWER, and FLAT HORIZONTAL buildings.


FINAL ITERATION

BLOCK typology (Concert Hall)

FLAT HORIZONTAL typology (Entrance Hall)

TOWER typology (Apartments)


FINAL ITERATION

UNIT UNIT

APARTMENTS PRIVATE

DRESSING ROOMS

SPACE

DANCE STUDIOS

BDRM

PRACTICE ROOMS CONCERT

HALL CAFETERIA

TWO

ONE BDRM

MODULE 2 MODULE 1

TOWER

TOWER UNIT UNIT

MODULE 2 MODULE 1

STORAGE ROOMS

ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR

ONE BDRM

AUDITORIUM

BACKSTAGE AREA

UNIT

TWO

BDRM

VIEWING PLATFORM

BLOCK

UNIT

TICKETSLOBBYSHOP

UNIT

DIRECTOR’S OFFICE

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

UNIT

APARTMENTS PRIVATE

SPACE

SERVICES

WALKWAY

ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR ELEVATOR

SERVICES

BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL BRIDGE LEVEL

DOOR

DOOR

PUBLIC SPACERAMPPRIVATE SPACE COMMON SPACEFLAT HORIZONTAL ENTRANCE HALL

Final elevation and program of the complex


SPATIAL SEQUENCE - FINAL ITERATION

01

All visitors enter the Complex through the flat horizontal (entrance hall), from one of seven doors on either edge of the hall. The seven paths merge into one center path which follows a large ramp up to the bridge level.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

02

Once on bridge level, the visitor can continue forward to the top of the ramp. On either side of him are 3 towers of apartments with a separate elevator for each tower. If he is a resident, he can proceed to enter his tower and head upstairs to his apartment.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

03

Alternately, he can turn around and head up another ramp, arriving at the doorway of the block (concert hall), where he will follow a second series of paths that take him to the viewing platform at the top of the auditorium.


SPATIAL SEQUENCE

04

The viewing platform is the highest point in the complex accessible to the public. Here, the visitor can gaze down at the whole complex and recognize the network of paths he has taken to reach his current location, as well as observing the routes that the other visitors are taking.


ITERATIONS MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH ETHAN LI & SADIA RAHMAN

Final Iteration documentation

BLOCK + FLAT HORIZONTAL + TOWER


FINAL ITERATION

Final iteration of the combined BLOCK, TOWER, and FLAT HORIZONTAL complex.


FINAL ITERATION

Side view of the complex.


FINAL ITERATION

Top view of Flat Horizontal entrance hall. Cutouts are made to let light into the hall.

View of entrance hall from back. 64 pillars support the roof.

View of entrance hall from back.


FINAL ITERATION

Side and front views of the Block concert hall.


FINAL ITERATION

Exterior view of the Tower apartments with elevators (silver strip) for each tower.


FINAL ITERATION

Through the front door, view of ramp leading from entrance hall to bridge level.


FINAL ITERATION

Birds-eye view of the bridge level looking back at the ramp and roof of the entrance hall.

View of 3 apartment towers on the left side of the complex.

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