Nicole Betances’ Fragmentation & Opposition

Nicole Betances, B.Arch ’23

ARCH 202b: Architectural Design II

Gallery: The Materiality of Schools, Sites, and Sheds

Instructor: Farnoosh Rafaie

This project begins to explore the fragmentation of form while using seams as catalysts to create discrete moments of opposition. As the user enters the school, they are immersed with these fragmented levels that begin to mimic the hills located in the site. While walking along these steps, it is evident that the roof shifts with the slope of the paths in the space. In school, opposition is present with the use of materials. The repetitive use of concrete and glass, highlights key concepts of opposition such as fragility vs. durability, and solidity vs transparency. This fragmentation of the floor allows for an open plan, making the school feel grand and open which allows the students and faculty to be one with the beautiful nature around.


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