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Civic meets Playful engaging the public through landscape student instructor title school degree final

Marcelo Tagore Hernandez David De Celis Degree Project: CPS Central Square Boston Architectural College Bachelor of Architecture Fall 2011 Submitted May 12, 2011


Pompeii Forum

Diagrammatically, the forum embodies an empty space defined by colonnades and civic structures. In addition to its standard function as a marketplace, a forum was a gathering place of great social significance, and often the scene of diverse activities, including political discussions and debates, rendezvous and meetings. Modelled on the Roman Forum in Rome itself, several smaller or more specialised forums appeared throughout Rome’s history. Built between 2 BC until 79 AD when destroyed by Mount Vesuvius.

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nodes and edges

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project 1, precedent focus

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Schouwburgplein

lighting & interactivity

Kendall

landscaping

Campo del Fiori

market flexibility


how precedents inform ideas

Interactivity is a fundamental quality that

Project 1explores. All of the programmatic themes such as burming to create spaces for leisure, to depressed ground planes for winter skating, to selective exterior lighting around performative spaces, are all explored in this project and are later developed into the Degree Project scheme with greater variation and synthesis.

Berms serve both programmatic and aesthetic functions. They host plant life that engender seasonal shifts. Tall grasses provide visual and acoustical barriers between the public theater and ongoing vehicular traffic.

Flexibility also becomes and important

design aspect that is explored in Project 1 that also makes its way into the Degree Project scheme. During the exploration of this idea in Project 1, I basically considered how open spaces might be articulated about the ground plane so that they established zones and where more than just “open� spaces. Simple gestures such as lowering paved spaces a few inches denoted spatial difference and could be used to organize smaller open market arrangements without impeding on lager, completely full, market scenarios as is illustrated on the diagram to the left. The idea of flexibility matured from hardscaping in Project 1 to actual architecture in DP as manifested in the Flex-Space. The Flex-Space has similar surface qualities as Project 1 but it moves beyond the planar and considers the flexibility of enclosed and conditioned spaces which will be described later.

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siting & morphology

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Introversion meets extroversion. A

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boomerang shape defines a public theater and gently dominates the north-east quadrant of the site where it’s most quiet. An “enveloping program” is expressed in both plan and section. Programmatic elements slip past one another. Props, actors, and the stuff of performance life engage and overlap. A year round multi-purpose plaza frames the ‘place’ for farmers markets and doubles as a skating rink in the winter.

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burmed theater

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pedestrian path

performance shade

dressing rooms

main stage

prop drop off

250 outdoor seats

access ramp

truck delivery

outdoor theater


recessed plaza

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comprehensive analysis

10 minute walking radius

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terms of analysis

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Numerous elements go into a given site analysis. These elements include location, neighborhood context, site and zoning, legal elements, natural physical features, man-made features, circulation, utilities, sensory, human and cultural, and climate components. Location : The site should be related to major streets or landmarks previously existing. Aerial photographs help in this assessment stage. There should be documentation of distances and time from major places. This should be completed by either driving or walking the distance first-hand. Neighborhood context : Zoning of the neighborhood is important and information of this type can typically be found at the municipal planning department of the site. Numerous issues at this stage require direct observation. Features of this sort include architectural patterns, street lighting, and condition of existing buildings. This would also include the immediate surroundings of the site. The reaction of the surrounding buildings towards the site and people moving around should be analyzed. Size and zoning : Site boundaries can be located by either verifying the dimensions physically or contacting the county tax assessor’s office. Zoning classifications, set-backs, height restrictions, allowable site coverage, uses, and parking requirements are obtained by obtaining zoning classifications from a zoning map, which can be located from the city planning department. Political : Typical legal information can be obtained from the deed to the property. The deed is held by the owner of the title insurance company. In this deed is information such as the property description, present ownership, and the governmental jurisdiction the site is located in, and the city or county. Natural physical features : Most of this information will be derived from the topographic features on the site. A contour map of this magnitude can be located from the survey engineer. Drainage problems as well as existing natural features of trees, ground cover, ground texture, and soil conditions on the site should be directly observed. Man made features : Features located on the site such as buildings, walls, fences, patios, plazas, bus stop shelters should be noted. The site and location of such features should be directly measured. Documentation of existing historical districts should be made, some of which may already have reports completed. Locating this information can be done through the municipal planning department for the site. Circulation : The uses of streets, roads, alleys, sidewalks, and plazas are important in this inventory step. It is not necessarily an analysis of these elements but more an analysis of what occurs on these circulation gateways. Utilities : Information for utilities concerning the site can be found through the utility departments and companies in the local area. Generally this company has a print of the drawing of this information needed. Information in this print includes the location of all utilities and their locations around or on the site itself. Sensory : Much of the sensory information collected will be done through first hand experience. This type of information is obtained from sketching and photographs (sometimes aerial photographs). Direct observation of other sensory elements of noise, odors, smoke, and pollutant areas must also be completed. Human and cultural : This information can be obtained through census statistics on the neighborhood. Information regarding these statistics is available from the local municipal planning agency. This information includes activities among people on the site and their relationships to these activities. Climate : This information can be obtained through the local weather service. Conditions such as rainfall, snowfall, humidity, and temperature over months must be considered and analyzed. The sun-path and vertical sun angles throughout an entire year are important to note.


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water management

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political context Office -O-2, O-2A, O-3, O-3A

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HEART MIT TRANSIT EDGE Retail-BB,BB-1;BB-2, BC, BC-1

Open Space/Parks

(diagrams Malory DeLuca)

My understanding of the context led me understand that there was tremendous foot traffic potential which could be absorbed, perhaps to justify a roof plane with views. An existing bus-stop servicing 5 lines, difficult vehicular turning lanes, and an already complex intersection led me think about how building massing, new curb cuts, and corner plazas might help to create a safer, more synergized extension to Central Square. Retail edges along the

east of Prospect and south of Bishop Allen could potentially be supported with similar programs running parallel to them, perhaps with similarly scaled buildings to create stronger nodes. Historic landmarks like City Hall’s front lawn might be mimicked as way of addressing the required open space. Local surveys indicated that people want more places to sit, play, and feel safe around Central Square area which inspired the idea of a habitable roof thereby doubling the area of required open space.


natural lighting condition

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summer... My understanding of the analysis

led a variety of conclusions that determined several architectural decisions. I think it was during the Degree Project that I finally began to synthesize lighting analysis in meaningful and constructive ways. The larger of the two sites runs north-south while the smaller of the two runs east-west. The CPS Annex building is the largest and most important element of the project. To maximize its flexibility in shape it is placed on the larger of the two sites. Because limited east-west real estate on the larger site (and potential daylighting), it was determined that this portion of the project be constructed with a narrow 50’-55’ wide floorplate in order to maximize natural daylighting, passive heating, and reduce the need for artificial

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lighting. Meanwhile, the 65’ tall Sert building across Bishop Allen Dr. casts long shadows (see diagram X) along the southern quadrant of the larger site during winter months. This data supported the idea of the putting the Flex-Space/Black-Box in the shade because it reduced the amount of natural light the black-box would work to keep out (with shading devices). I was also interested in using shadow fall-off lines to determine the heights of buildings irrespective of height limitations which were in fact much taller than the target shadow lines. This helped to contextualize the project in way that paid careful respect to neighboring lots, particularly during peak lighting hours where everyone is trying to take advantage of passive heating (not just our building).


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10 weeks 27 the concept Mountain building is a theme that I’ve been

exploring for several semesters on a variety of scales with lesser or greater degrees of success. I feel that the visual connection that this concept establishes best supports the feeling of ‘civic’ness. It affords users the experience of seeing and connecting spaces on many levels, Its a similar type of ephemeral experience that we have we we cross the Charles River and see how two cities relate, or when we literally reach the top of any of the Seven Hills and see treetops and neighborhoods, and begin to visualize where we live, work, or travel to.


11 weeks 28 iteration 2, no program yet and because it related to most successful Establishing a strong corner was one of passersbys, markets I’ve experienced that where typically along

points of focus. We still didn’t have a fixed program yet but we know that there where going to be commercial, performative, housing, and academic functions throughout both parcels. This scheme explores the idea of anchoring the corner with a farmers market. I intuitively decided to locate the market on the corner because it not only felt right, it seemed that it was the best location considering accessibility, the need to attract (and educate) public

urban intersections. This scheme also explored the idea of putting all the housing components into a multistory tower. This idea was later discarded for contextual and massing reasons. Regardless of how many locations I explored, it felt too tall for the given context. This iteration hints at a series of hills that would later house much of the previously mentioned housing components.

theater over black box?


reapplying ideas of landscape

stacking?

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hold massive weight?


iteration 2 with program

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shopping live-work live market, dance academia exhibit movement up/down

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1 Head-to-tail principle is used to link boxes

with distinct physical identities. Multiple solids arrange themselves around visual entry points to create plazas and spatial voids for social cluster. Program elements begin with the Theater/Flexible Box as the head and the as school annex as both body and tail. Across the street, undulating waves of landscape house a shopping/leisure district. Two towers punctuate the overall scheme as a way of creating smaller footprints at the expense of cleaner skyline. The tower concept never felt like the right approach but it was important to test a variety of tower locations to confirm and rule out these earlier intuitions. Part of me was interested in developing a tower just for the sake of it. I eventually submitted to context.

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precedents: interest and inquiry (1) Catalano’s Buterfly House interested me formally because it expresses the idea of the architecture as an extension of the landscape; and idea that would be explored throughout my project on both urban and human scales.. This precedent would later inform how I developed the roof-plane of the artist residence lofts into a habitable roof that met the “open-space” requirements of the project’s pro-forma. (2) A conceptual project from White Architects in Sweden also expresses the notion of the extension of architecture but here the relationship is inverted, where landscape extends itself into architecture. An idea that I’ve never previously considered. (3 & 4) Both of these projects, from Steven Holl, impacted my understanding and appreciation for

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glass as a continuous skin. The simplicity and austerity of this kind of surface treatment allow sculptural forms of architecture, ones that my project would later manifest, feel more cohesive and quiet. I also appreciated the ephemeral glow that this type of application creates at night, it allows buildings to feel safe and potentially city landmarks; this supports my interest in adding to Central Square’s identity. (5) Cut-sheets for theater mechanics where critical to developing spatial, architectural, and structural details that informed not only the theater but the Flex-Space that lived below it. (noted in red). Top-left diagrams by Louis Kahn informed the House circulation of my theater.

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the mechanics of a theater

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(source....)

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Head-to-tail principle is again explored 1

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formally with the idea of consolidating multiple buildings into one. One of problems I felt this project had was with the potential scale of the required scope. I repeatedly asked myself. “how can I make 80k SF feel smaller on these sites?� One of the approaches was to house fewer buildings and to singularize identity into one building. At the same time, I was interested in using the head-to-tail principle in a way that acted like the mountain building I explored during the first iteration. Applying several parti shifts (from earlier iterations), I developed this along with several other models to map out the ideas already in play such as the location of the Flex-Space (theater and farmers market), the retail along Prospect St, and the CPS Annex along the west edge of the larger parcel. (1) Illustrates the tail, or the initiation of civic experience up the building. (2) Explores cascading as egress and place-making. (3) Perspective view of the project from the hill. (4) View of potential courtyard experience.

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At this point the program was provided by the instructor and a more rigorous approach to massing, as it related to square footage, is what my focus shifted towards. Meanwhile, I was interested in developing the theater and some of the interior qualities that the scheme would be driven by. (1) A central atrium space was conceived as an interstitial element as a way of dealing with the bend between the ‘head’ and the ‘body’ of the building. Programmatically, this type of space might also serve as a major entry point for the school, gallery, and/or the theater. (2) The building’s morphology as explored on the previous page created large angled floor planes that could be used as transitional egress or secondary performances areas. (3) Explores a potential sectional quality of a single-loaded corridor. (4) An early sketch exploring the structural concept for the ‘head’ (theater over flex-space). (5) A sectional elevation of the theater and flex-space as a result of structural diagram 4. (6) An early sketch of the ground level of the flex-space and the required cores that lead up to theater spaces. (7) The corresponding third floor with a theater. I struggled with vertical and horizontal circulation for several weeks until I looked more closely at one of L. Kahn’s theaters later in the process. (8) An early sectional sketch of the theater.

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Function Seminar/Rehearsal Wood Shop Art Production Film / Stage

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Length 40 40 40 65

Width 40 25 80 125

Height 35 15 15 35

Count 2 1 1 1

Square Feet 3,200 1,000 3,200 8,125 15,525

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Civic and playful spaces are connected with landscape. used to link boxes with distinct 

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physical identities. Multiple solids arrange themselves around visual entry points to create plazas and spatial voids for social cluster. Program elements begin with the Theater/Flexible Box as the head and the as school annex as both body and tail. Across the street, undulating waves of landscape house a shopping/leisure district. A core understanding of the context was at this point expressed in massing but several unknowns remained. There were several issues in the plan regarding codes, egress, and zoning of housing elements. I was still unclear with the concept as it related to urban or human scales.

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critic’s review “bolster theater/black box with more robust program” with more year round activities. Consider what happens during all hours of the day including weekend schedules for students and faculty.

“make the civic stair gesture more inviting” with more year round activities. Consider what happens during all hours of the day including weekend schedules for students and faculty.

“clarify and activate playful spaces” with more year round activity. FILE BASE

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development of the Flex-Space One of the most dynamic components of the project is the Flex-Space. It houses a rotation of program uses, from blackbox theatrical performances, to open-air farmers markets, to conventions during rental seasons. Later in the process I reincorporated the skating rink that I developed in Project 1 to give the FlexSpace more seasonal flexibility. I chose to employ a simple, low-tech, double layered garage door system with multiple layers of Mecho Shading. Building owners would have the option of controlling opening apertures, temperature ranges, and degrees of translucency. The challenge was to simplify and create a detail that did not visually weigh down or undermine the visual reading of the cantilevered theater space, it needed to feel like a draped elements. Below, early sketches depict the first details to emerge from this process.

typical door track

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layered & staggered roll-up doors allow a space to open on 3 sides

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track detail

early section

A

section A

section w/ acoustic panels beyobnd B

section B


ground level circulation analysis An axonometric view of the ground level depicts some of issues I was attempting to resolve. My goal was to simplify and unify the number of entry points for both private and public functions such as the school, public gallery and public theater events. Early iterations called for more buildings; one for each programmatic requirement resulting in four separate buildings (black box, school, retail, theater). At that point, the project’s parti created too much massing and the sense orientation for users

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was potentially too complicated. This iteration consolidated all programs into one building with clearer and fewer entry points. I was equally interested in aligning the schools’ single-loaded corridor with the Theater Lobby/Gallery as a way of maintaining even greater sense of orientation for all users. and as a way of creating a stronger relationship between the identity of the school, public gallery, and theater.

typical break-out space(yellow) E

CPS circulation

view thru neighboring context

CPS entry Theater entry

public circulation up to roof

public circulation thru gallery or theater lobby


entry lobby studies

weeks 45

section A

section B

Above is an illustration of the main entry lobby which acts as the connective tissue between the school & theater components as well as the spatial and visual connector between building’s courtyard and it’s abutting context beyond. The idea was to borrow and extend into the neighboring landscape. Final iterations literally call for trees within the lobby itself as an extension of this concept. Section E runs along the main ‘body’ of the building where most of the academic program lives. The transverse building sections (A-D) explore and begin to deal with the problems and relationships between the lobby and its bridges, circulation and classrooms, 3rd floor ceilings and habitable roof planes, and with the quality of corresponding programs in general.

A

B

C

section C

D

section D

section E


structural studies Throughout both semesters of the Degree Project, I was focused on establishing structural approaches and solutions that were either born out program requirements or from a conceptual narrative. Most of the design was developed with structural concepts from the very beginning as opposed to trying to solve structural

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problems late in the schematic phase. This also allowed me to maintain coordination in section and along all floor levels. Notions of Play and Civic spaces were made possible with the exploration of cantilevered, suspended, or inclined programmatic elements.

theater cantilever


mechanical zones & intake potentials

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retail cantilever

student drop-off

glass skin concept

The main CPS building is ubiquitously clad with spandrel glass on all sides from ground level to the parapet. This posed the problem of exposing several elements that are typically not visible, such as solid walls, mechanical spaces, areas where privacy is needed, or between floor levels where concrete floors meet the glass. Furthermore, I was

challenged with the need to create focal areas along the building’s elevation as a way of dealing with scale, rhythm, and legibility. To solved this I chose to integrate a graphic, using back-painted glass, whereby gradients of visibility would allow people to see inside (or though) the building or conceal where required.


final presentation

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program thesis

I believe that life is lived most meaningfully and purposefully when we have a sense of joy and social engagement. Here, notions of Playful and Civic spaces are engendered morphologically as an attempt to nurture this human process.

critic’s review “plans do not represent the activity that this project engenders” and there should be a revisited effort to present the floor plans (or Ground Level) in a way that expresses the activity and potential.

“the project is sensitive to its context, the scheme may work,” however I’m curious about the nature of what happens on the roof of your main building and what really happens up there.

“the corner hill building needs to be developed further, namely along its edges along the main street intersection,” consider adding more entry points up the hill, or greater variation of program and how the hill is used.

“focusing on, and talking about your thesis along the role of human experiences is commendable, never stop doing that,” we simply don’t have enough of this discourse in the profession.. Your keying in and development of sections and perspectives is indicative of this focus.


Nolli Plan

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Ă˜ : 1/2 mile

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Central Sq. Buildings Bldg Poche Open Space


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2

MECH B.O.H.

Mech

Music Hall Retail

Music

Mech Store Music E Office Admin

Office

Office

Lobby Multi Function Patio chairs

1 Unit

Ticket 3D Studio

1 Unit

1 Unit

2 Units

Condo Units

Black Box Open Market Skating Ring

Gallery

2 Units

2 Units 2 Units

Loading Storage

Coat

Rcv’g

2 Units

1 Unit

chairs Mech Zamboni

2 3

Mech MECHANICAL ZONES

B.O.H. Patio

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Patio Below

Music Play Ground

Play Ground

Retail

Music

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1

2

3

Music Arena

2D Studio

Dance Studio

Music Hall 2D Studio

E

Dance Studio 2D

Studio

Open Below Open Below

Lobby

Green Room

Patio

Lobby

1 Unit 2D Studio 2D Studio

Green Room Back Stage

House 300

Stage Stage

1 Unit

1 Unit

Lobby

Shop

Dressing VIP Dressing

2 Units Condo Units 2 Units

Black Box P 240

2 Units Open Park

Wood Shop Wood

2 Units

Cafe Lobby

2 Units

1 Unit

THEATER GALLERY, OPEN CPS COMMERCIAL BLACK BOX, RINK HOUSING SHEER WALL

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Parking B.O.H. Patio Patio Below

M

Play Ground

Music Play Ground Retail

Music

Music Arena

2D Studio

Dance Studio

Music 2D Hall Studio E 2D Dance Studio

Open Open Below Below

Lobby

Green Room

Patio

Lobby

1 Unit Green Room

2D 2D Studio Studio

Back Stage

1 Unit

1 Unit

2 Units

2 Units Condo Units

P 2 Units

House Black Box 300 240

Stage Stage

Open Park

2 Units

2 Units Cafe

Wood Wood Shop Shop

Lobby VIP

Dressing

Lobby

1 Unit

Dressing

R Patio Below

Play Ground

Play Ground

Look Out Look Out

Look Out

Open Park

R


Structural Details

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The Theater Truss

The Glass Wall

Rear Cantiliever


Assemblies

Parapets

Glass Walls @ North & West Walls 1

@ South & East Walls

2

2

1

3

4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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30 mil double glazing 5 abutment of channel load-bearing U-section adhesive laminated wood or glass bracing fin SS angle connection SS 2�x14� bracing fin Mecco Shade

Glass Corners 1 4

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along Flex Space fixed glass locations

7 4

4

5 6 5

CPS Floor Spans


Ø : 1/2 mile

Flytower Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

“Central Hill”

Student Patio

Stage Music Studio

Studio Lofts Drop-off

Parking Ramp

Large Condo

Student Patio Large Condo Retail Space

Retail Space

Music Studio Drop-off

Drop-off

Large Condo

Small Condo

Bldg Poche Open Space


Cafe + Student Lounge

Cafe + Student Lounge Retail Space

Flex Space

Retail Space CPS Entry

Retail Space

Drop-off

CPS Entry

Retail Space

Drop-off

Flex Space

Public Playspace

Public Playspace Workshop

Entry Atrium

Breakout Hall

Public Playspace

Workshop

Entry Atrium

Breakout Hall

Public Playspace

Workshop

Music

Music

Workshop Gallery

Music Lounge

Gallery

Music Lounge


Workshop

Workshop

Gallery

Entry Atrium


Public Playspace

Public Playspace

Breakout Hall

Music

Music Lounge


Classroom

Classroom

Classroom

Stage

Classroom

Loading

Classroom

Loading

Theater Cafe

Classroom

Back Stage

Back Stage

Lobby

Lobby

Theater Cafe

Stage

Black Box

Black Box


Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

Condo

“Central Hill”

Studio Lofts

Parking Ramp


the public experience: city at large


the building experience: students

Degree Project Process  

Small publication for final Degree Project, ammended without model images or ciritical seciton drawings.

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