Masakatsu Inoue Virginia Tech 2009 B.Arch
3rd year Paul Battaglia
The spreading sky, the blazing sun, and the heart - healing trees off mother nature. Imagine an educational environment that can be e freely transported to any desired locations, while holding a structurall capability of capturing and absorbing the surrounding nature as a whole. California currently possesses financial and spatial restrictionss leading to an insufficiency of classrooms. However, I look at this as an advantage, and propose my moving classroom Architecture. The structure will be made from light gauge steel, allowing its translocation via trucks ; this will also curb both material and labor costs. The surrounding book shelves with removable shelves are not only designed to store literature, but also to transform to desks and to offer storage spaces. Light colored shelves will avoid direct sunlight, but allow wide reflection of the incoming light, and invites warm illumination deep into the classroom. Also, six pentagon shaped poles are located in the classroom, which contains electrical and high speed internet cable. It will allow educators to provide the most up-to-date educations to students. The poles are placed so the classes can suit any kinds of situations, group works, and experiments. Space that is surrounded by nature and that allows you to absorb the earth. Can you think of a better educational situation than this?
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3rd year Paul Battaglia
To live. Importance of living has been forgotten as the technology evolves. Did we born to the earth to offer some kind of knowledge to this world, so we keep gaining it? Or, should we just feel the sun, stand firmly on the ground and finish the life while seeing the sea calmly waving? Answer? Nobody knowsâ€Ś It keeps changing in the age, and will be changing as time passes by. Life
To die. Isnâ€™t it true that our thinking and beliefs towards dieing has been shallow comparer to the past? Perhaps, we are loosing our time and place. There is a question which we all may have, zzconsidering religion, cultural, and racial difference. Energy, Active, Create
Experience 2 A After experiencing the city of death, you may experience the bell tower, what is watching the calmness of world of death, where you may feel that w yyou are alive. This is the only spot you can actually feel your existence in tthis deep world of death. However, to get to the over look point, you must experience another struggle. Wall surrounding stair start out with 3 feet, e and it will go up to 10 feel on middle of your journey. You will be surrounded a by darkness, however you must keep climbing in order to get to the top. b Even though you are surrounded by darkness, sky is always there to guide E yyour way.
Experience 1 As you climb up the stair from parking lot, huge square element welcomes you to the city of death, with complete dark. As you enter, you start to feel nervous, anxious, fear,,, every aspect of experience that human feel, when they go to death world. After entering, you will be facing 2 worlds, underground cemetery, or church surrounded with lights and hopes. Also you will be able to view bell tower, and its existence gets stronger as you go through the underground pathway. After experiencing this church/Underground path way, you are prepared to start your journey to the world of death
Museum of Nature
3rd year Paul Battaglia
This project is to design a museum close to the historical warehouse located in Christiansburg, VA. This warehouse has been kept and well maintained by local community ; however interior of warehouse has not been maintained as well as exterior. Therefore I have focused on controlling visitors, so they could over look this historical warehouse as a part of nature and surrounding environment.
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There is a bridge in deep forest, being loved by people in Blacksburg for long time. The timber structured bridge looks that it has been dedicating to the village for long time, and seems that itâ€™s almost ending its life. However, the surrounding nature are almost assimilated with bridge, seems that natures are accepting the scale of bridge as their whole. The museum of nature is a facility which respect and delights the existence of mother land. The combined layers of elements create the museum, and the continuity of the layers will be seen as how bamboo forest creates its whole with gathered elements of simple sticks. The view point as an element penetrates the combined layers will provide only- viewable space for the bridge from the museum and delights the existence of the bridge.
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Sky garden, Tokyo
In the world largest city Tokyo, high rise buildings jostles each other, just as they are competing its existence. Cutting edge technology allows us to build high rise buildings, and air conditioners creates better environment. On the other side, heat exhausts and wastes are rising to the sky as a symbol of our corrupting society. However sky calmly surrounds us, and pretends that it forgives everything. I would like to propose this idea to all the buildings in Tokyo. The water spread on the roof top would reflect the sky with a little wave created by wind. And it will illuminate the sky as jewelry
2007 Nikkei kougyou Competition
AIA Virginia Society Prize competition
In daylight, transportation is tied to the changing scale of surroundings by the speed at which one travels. When the light of day weakens, a different manifestation of a similar scale change occurs with illumination around a source of light. The Washington Monument and other buildings along the National Mall not only illuminate themselves and the sky, but also their surroundings as they link together to increase awareness of their own and the cityâ€™s existence. On a more human scale, Firefly provides quiet illumination of itself and the area in close proximity. The egg-shaped monuments of decreasing size lead away from the water taxi station and towards the city and utilize light to evoke a realization of the changing scale light has. As the bright light becomes less and less, passengers become aware of the difference in scale of transportation that is no longer present at night.
On a more human scale, Firefly provides quiet illumination of itself and the area in close proximity. The egg-shaped monuments of decreasing size lead away from the water taxi station and towards the city and utilize light to evoke a realization of the changing scale light has. As the bright light becomes less and less, passengers become aware of the difference in scale of transportation that is no longer present at night. Additionally, each passenger is presented with a small pendant that provides just enough light to brighten the passenger and his or her immediate surroundings. As they walk away from the station, the amount of illumination from the eggs decrease, and they are eventually left with only their pendant as it become their own personal firefly.
As the passengers move from water taxi to National Mall, they slowly become lost except for their immediate surroundings as the size of the city overtakes them. When they finally reach the monuments, they are completely consumed by the light and understand the city as a whole.
Exploration in Line-Europe2006
Shigeru Ban Architect
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Takayama Station Competition
Representation of life in Architecture
Las Vegas Hotel Lobby (SD) Photoshop
Hotel in New York (SD) Physical Model