Elemental Athenaeum rethinks the idea of architecture composed of elements (doors, windows, escalators, etc.) and proposes an architecture composed of bold, formal elements that are understood individually and in combination with one another. The hypothetical client, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, is recast as a highly public building, the building's new formal elements themselves arranged in such a way as to provide public gathering and entry space visible from the surrounding streets and parks to encourage knowledge dissemination. The project radically rethinks circulation and storage space by combining the two such that visitors interact with the Athenaeum's rich collection of architectural drawings, photographs, and statues while circulating through the building.
Faculty Advisory: Andrew Holder, 2014
Toronto Common Grounds
Toronto Common Grounds is a hybrid building combining urban condos, hotel, auditoria, restaurants, and a central oratorium in which various public and private parties gather, observe one another, and enjoy the film events that regularly fill the public podium. The surrounding park landscape, part of Toronto's expansive waterfront park esplanade, extends into the building, inviting the public to enjoy the fusion of the winter-garden and film festivals, within the warm comfort of its glass shell. Shared garden space extends into the eighteen story tower, where a mixture of skip-stop and single level units provide residents access to the lake view spa, roof-top terrace, and children's play area.
Project Partners: Linnea Cook, Mark Miglionico
Faculty Advisor: Geoffery Thün, 2014
Light Shelter serves as a shelter to victims of sex trafficking crimes, and thus security and anonymity are important for the residents. The translucent, perforated building wrapper and elevated green courtyards serve this function as well as generating a microclimate for on-site food production. This project generates a microclimate using a polycarbonate building wrapper on a steel frame and a green roof to enhance on site fruit and vegetable production in a typically cold climate. The residual building heat is captured with this wrapper and shading systems to extend the normal crop growing season. The building also serves as a lantern that improves night visibility and safety in the surrounding community that has a need for improved exterior lighting.
Across the world, sleeping spaces have long been one of the most intimate and necessary spaces in our lives. In early European cultures people made places to sleep out of piles of dried leaves covered with animal skins. As these cultures evolved and settled, these sleeping spaces took on a more robust nature, being built from wood frames with dried leaves and skins as bedding inside. Eventually, the dried leaves were replaced with more comfortable beddings, such as woven laced rope, leather, and eventually mattresses, to become what is known today as the bed.
Throughout history many cultures have developed countless ways of making sleeping spaces. From dried leaves, laced rope floors, wooden planks, and water to today’s mattresses and hammocks, people have always sought comfort in their sleeping spaces. Typically, the sleeping space consists of two parts; a softer bedding area and a harder frame to hold it all together. In some cases, this frame provides further functional elements as well, such as lighting and storage.
This project explores briefly the evolution of sleeping spaces and the reasons for their changing over time. It then uses this information to design and build a sleeping space that creatively meets the needs of a couple in 2012.