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THE

LEARNING SHOP


a geography library for middlebury, vt Senior Architecture Thesis Jonah B. Merris May 13, 2013


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the learning shop Downtown Middlebury, VT


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Lecture Hall and Map Room

Display Hall

Workrooms

program The Learning Shop is a step ')$*+#$#",-.*',)$,/$*+#$01%*$ century library typology. It is a space for the exchange of geographic information and critical spatial足thinking skills amongst members of the town and college.

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map room

forum

lecture

gallery


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the site Frog Hollow Alley


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existing Edgewater Gallery + Mill Street

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elements Material Inspirtation


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stone

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elements steel

Material Palette


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concept Framed Energy Geographers present and represent information by 2)2-A3')B$5'//#&#)*$*+#72*'($ -2A#&%$8'*+')$2$!C#5$#C*#)*4$ or frame. The data comes to life within these boundaries. How can a building frame a collection of spaces 足 /&,7$')5'"'5.2-$-'B+*$!C*.&#%$ to entire rooms 足 for the (,77.)'*A$*,$#)#&B'3#D$ ;+2*$7#2)')B$8'--$8#$!)5$')$ *+#$(&2(<%$2)5$-2A#&%D


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Light Fixture


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massing Programming the Site


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the design


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a frame Between Man 2)5$O2*.&# At the seam between urban Middlebury and its natural 6&,B#)'*,&4$>**#&$?&##<4$ the Learning Shop frames residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience of water, "#B#*2*',)4$2)5$*+#$&#7)2)*%$ of bygone human industry. The strong axial orientation of the walls connects past and present, natural and urban, ^.'5$2)5$&'B'5J

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Library Tadao Ando

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image credits

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Ellie. For keeping me present and sharing my passion.

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