RAPHAEL PACIS ARCHITECTURE 2015 - 2017
FORM AND SPACE
TECTONIC DISPLACEMENT ABSTRACTION OF STANDARD BUILDING CONVENTION
Building convention such as joists, columns, and sterotomic mass are removed from their standard use and misplaced into a composition which focused on defining space through interdependent systems
The composition focused on the harmony of tectonic and stereotomic systems in order to define space. Definition of space is addressed by the stereotomic mass, that which simultaneously occupies space. The masses rely on joists and columns in order to stand. Conversely, joists and columns remain rigid and aligned by the weight and the slits in the masses.
F O L LY HABITABLE SPACE AND PRE-FABRICATION EXERCISE
Groups of nine were instructed to design a habitable space out of wood and MDF to be fabricated in a week and assembled in a day. Circulation through entrances cued areas of habitable space. Areas were defined through stratification; each space was set at a different level to indicate separation of space. Functions of each space were explored and determined by the user.
Vertical wraps defined spaces of repose as well as provided shade. Spandex overtop diffused high-noon sunlight, reoccuring on the side to do the same for direct evening sunlight.
Strips of wood expressed the idea of wrapping and ecnlosure by connecting the bases of each vertical wooden beam.
UNIT BLOCK MODULAR ARCHITECTURE STUDY
The assignment tasked a team of five include myself to use a single 2x4x5 piece of wood and a 4â€™ x 8â€™ sheet of MDF to construct a robust building unit
Two parallelograms combined to form a unity between two opposing ideas: Solid and Void.
The unit, made from a volume and a frame, could stack upon itself to create
meaningful dichotomy between the solid and the void.
INSERTION ADDITIVE INTERPOLATION DESIGN STUDY
The insertion was a hypothetical addition to the Alms Building, a pre-existing structure on campus. As a response to the buildingâ€™s widely unused balcony, vertical wooden beams were placed in relation to the topography of the site to create a staircase which led passersby to the often vacant space, as well as serving as an alternate entrance to the building.
FORM AND SPACE MATERIALIZED FIGURE-GROUND EXERCISE
The form study focused on producing interesting compositional moments through creating situations of visual tension. Plaster was cast into a shape which can balance on a single leg, the tension observed through the disproportion between the cantilever and the leg.
Geometric facets allow for sharp variations in light and shadow within the form. Reconfiguration realized new conditions between the form and ground where moments of visual tension materialize in new cavities and spaces once undefined in previous configurations.
A basswood armature was made not only to hold the object but also to compliment its geometry.
MONOLITH ANTHROPOMORPHIC FORM STUDY MATERIAL STUDY
Form and Function dictate architecture and design, and oftentimes one can compromise or be prioritized over the other. The monolith was the synthesis of form and function; made to be comfortable to hold in any conďŹ guration while also being visually pleasing. Neither form nor function preceded the other -- both ideas simultaneously developed together, as should be in good, thoughful design.
A silicone mold was made from the ďŹ rst wooden model and was used to study several different castable materials. The differences in material resulted in differences in weight and texture, creating entirely new visual and ergonomic experiences while still keeping the integrity of the form. Listed from left to right: basswood, plaster, concrete, pewter.
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