INTO THE EXPANSE

Xinran He, M.Arch '21


ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery: Utopic and Crisis Forms

Instructor: J. Yolande Daniels

Architecture is designed as an extension of nature and forms a spatial experience that frames the horizontal expanse. In response to the precedent study, a series of architectural strategies that frame and channel natural elements are introduced. These range from the scale of the human body to the scale of the environment. Both natural elements and architectural elements are used to form bodily and spatial experience in the building. The natural elements consist of greenery and topography, and also atmospheric states that produce weather. The human experience is explored through the proportion and scaling of bodies (anthropometry), enclosure and color. Natural elements and greenery are introduced through light wells and courts to produce atmospheric conditions that interact with the volume. The ground floor is designed to be an uneven surface, mimicking natural terrain. The colors and materials of architectural elements changes depending on the time of day and the weather conditions. The building is designed as a barometer of the environment to capture and exhibit the natural elements.


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