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center of fashion in the chelsea meatpacking district elizabeth meyer | arch 807 | prof. bob condia | 1-24-12

executive summary The Greeks believed if you prayed to a muse, you would find inspiration. In Greek mythology, the muses were goddesses who inspired the creation of literature and art. Fashion is one expression of art and literature. The fashion designer creates art through fabric and the writer creates through words. Art is appreciated by a spectator: the consumer who buys, wears, or reads the creations of the artist. Typically the three parties do not engage each other in the same building. Studio Muse offers a place for designers, writers, and consumers to come together under one roof.

"When possession by the muses seized upon a gentle and virgin soul, it rouses it to inspired expression in lyric and other sorts of poetry, and glorifies countless deeds of the heroes of old for the instruction of posterity. But if a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman." -Socrates, in Plato’s Phaedrus

While Inspiration comes in many forms, architecture (aesthetic space) can inspire other artists to create. Architects look to archetypes for inspiration. One archetype I found inspiring is the basilica. When you enter a cathedral with a basilican plan, you are immediately in awe of the soaring spaces. For me, it is a space that inspires me to think about what is beyond this world or what I know to be true. The basilican was designed with a specific proportion in mind to order it. In Italy, I had several opportunities to observe the various components of the basilican plan beyond the cathedral. One specific example is Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The piazza in the space was one of my favorite places to sketch. The main train station enters onto this piazza from a tunnel. In the tunnel, there are clothing stores, food venders, and magazine stands. There is housing surrounding the other sides of the piazza. While I never went into the church itself, I know from other basilican plans that it is common to have a crypt space. This is a space that you would think would be completely dark because it’s usually a basement, but at San Miniato in Florence, it is an inspiring place as well. The play between columns and light is truly beautiful.

the site The Chelsea district in New York City was primarily industrial buildings in the 1930’s. Around this time, the need arose for an elevated train line because there were too many accidents with trains at the same level as automobiles and pedestrians. The project is now referred to as the High Line. The plan included elevating train trafďŹ c 30 feet in the air. Chelsea used to be the largest industrial district in Manhattan. Today, most buildings have been converted to artist studios (at least at the ground level), restaurants, and housing. The area is revitalized and quickly becoming the new SoHo. Trains stopped running on the High Line around 1980. In 1999, the High Line was saved from demolition and is being turned into an elevated parkway with vegetation and walking paths.

thesis statement Studio Muse is a place for creating, producing, and marketing fashion through clothing and magazine. The technology of the digital age makes it possible to live and work under one roof. S t u d i o M u s e would c o n n e c t t h e s t r e e t l e v el and t h e H i g h L i n e t h r o u g h a public s t a i r . A n y o n e w h o e n g a ges the s t a i r a n d s p a c e s a r o u n d it will b e i n s p i r e d t o t h i n k c r e a tively.

space list market: boutiques (6 @ 90 sf each): restaurant/café circulation (open): support:

live/create (15 @1500 sf each): sitting/living space: kitchenette: workspace: bedroom: bathroom/closet: storage: circulation: support/circulation:

540 sf 3000 sf 4000 sf 2000 sf 9,540 sf 250 sf 250 sf 225 sf 225 sf 150 sf 150 sf 250 sf 1500 sf 22500 sf 20500 sf 43,000 sf

mass production: magazine: printing: storage: circulation: office/receptionist:

clothing (not a sweatshop): sewing: storage: office/plotting: break room: support: Lobby/Reception: Architectural Stair:

1000 sf 1000 sf 1000 sf 2000 sf 5000 sf 2000 sf 2000 sf 1000 sf 5000 sf 2000 sf 4200 sf 16,200 sf 1,360 sf as needed ≈ 70,000 sf

Liz Meyer_Studio Muse Executive Summary