Tommy Li Kelle Brooks ARCH 251
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Assignment 1: Tectonic System / Spatial Progression
Assignment 2: Site Documentation and Analysis
Assignment 3: Building Precedent Study
Assignment 4: Bicycle Rest Stop| Viewing Tower
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Reflective Statement COURSE CONTENT: Describe your learning curve over the quarter. What were the most meaningful/impactful concepts you learned over the course? What were the most difficult? I didn’t have a lot to begin with going into this quarter because the only experience I had with architecture before this quarter was a architecture summer camp in high school and first year in Cal Poly as an architecture student. Therefore, I felt like I am still not very familiar with the tools and methods used by architects. Throughout the quarter, however, I got more familiar with or even relearned some of the programs and methods that I was taught during first year, which allowed me to have a better understanding of the designing process and software. The most meaningful concept that I learned over the course as probably site analysis and site response because I learned in first year that architecture is not just about making something look aesthetically pleasing, but also the program and site response. In fact, making a building look good but lack of function and site response is almost insulting because a building with no site response or function can basically be placed anywhere. The most difficult concept I’ve learned was learning how to response to multiple critics’ comments and advice. By this I mean I had a hard time trying to make everyone’s suggestion work for my project because sometimes comments I get for my project from different people can be contradicting, even to my own interpretation to my project. However, I learned that not everything people say is right. In fact, there’s not really right or wrong, only better or worse. I just need to get better at choosing the “better” by comparing.
COURSE FORMAT: How did the assignments, topics and methods in this studio contribute to your overall development as an architecture student? Has your understanding of architecture developed as a result of this studio?
I learned a lot about the importance of scale, site response, and program. Whenever I walk around places, I would like to think about these elements of a building or a space. Sometime I would see what I believe to be a very good designing style or method and l learn how to incorporate that into my designing process. My understanding of architecture definitely has developed as a result of this studio because it’s through doing research and hands-on model making during studio that I learn about the importance of the importance of scale, site reponse, etc.
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ASSIGNMENT 1: Tectonic Systems / Spatial Progression PROJECT DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Assignment one is a small project that allows us to learn about tectonic systems and scale by constructing small scale models using materials that we saw fit. In addition, it helps us recognize the relationship between different form and space.
PROJECT REFLECTION: As the project progressed, I gradually started to think more and more about the relationship between material and tectonic, like how different materials can be used to create different types of tectonic system regardless of their weight and density. I also learned the important of the definition of a space, not just with or without a roof or a wall.
Iteration 1: Mass
Iteration 1: Plan
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Iteration 2: 2 Systems
Iteration 3: Mass + Plan Final Wood Model
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ASSIGNMENT 2: Site Documentation and Analysis PROJECT DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Before we start our final project, the class was splited into groups of twos to document different areas and qualities related to the site of our final project, located at Monterrey + Pepper in downtown SLO. My group was assigned to research the different views around our site. PROJECT REFLECTION: This assignment is when I started to think more about the importance of site analysis and site response. I also started to research how most famous architecture projects handles them.
Different views from under the bridge
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Different views from above the bridge
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Different views from center of site
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Aerial views from 50ft above site
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ASSIGNMENT 3: Building Precedent Study PROJECT DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Building precedent study allows us to learn from the work of those who are experienced and train about how they attack a problem and come up with what types of solutions for a project through research and diagramming. Then we would try to understand why they design their projects they way they did and how it impacts the users and its surroundings. PROJECT REFLECTION: During the project, I saw the ingenious way the architects of Avanto create an integration between a private sauna and a decking area. However, while I was going over my diagrams, I realized how much the architects of the project wanted to create a separation between almost everything, private vs public, city vs ocean, sauna vs restaurant. Itâ€™s then that I started to understand how to deal with mix comments and critics that contradicts each other.
Precedent Study - Loyly Sauna Avanto Artchitects l Helsinki, Finland l 2016
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Composiion Light Blue-Public Decking Blue-Public Space for Customers Red-Innmate Space
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Primary Concept Blue Arrows-View from Restaurant Red Arrows-View from Sauna Rooms
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ASSIGNMENT 4: Bicycle Rest Stop| Viewing Tower PROJECT DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Cycling is slowly becoming a big part a modern culture. Many cyclist like to travel long distance on their bikes from time, yet itâ€™s usually difficult to find a resting place for them to rest and repair their bikes at the same time. This project allows us to design a camping ground that can act as both an overnight resting stop and bike repair shop for cyclist, also a public space for people in SLO.
PROJECT REFLECTION: As this is the main project of the class, I went to many revision throughout the quarter. Some of theses revision are vastly different than the others because I wasnâ€™t happy with the site response or certain parts of the model. At the end, I decided I want to make the view I saw when I was at the train track as a driving force for my project because I felt that it would make my project related to the site the most.
View from Assignment 2
Enclosed feeling created by having trees on either side of the site and train track
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Final Plans and Sections
Roof Plan Tommy Li, Kelle Brooks, ARCH 251, Fall 2017: page 16
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Final Model Detail
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