Samantha Shanne’s Uniquely Ordinary

Samantha Shanne, B.Arch ’23

ARCH 202b: Architectural Design II

Gallery: The Materiality of Schools, Sites, and Sheds

Instructor: Farnoosh Rafaie

This project investigates the condition of unique ordinariness that elevates the mundane and the banal of architecture in order to foster both learning and social interaction. This idea is demonstrated by repurposing materials of a typical industrial butler building in Arts District, Los Angeles, into a fully realized classroom, and subsequently, a schoolhouse. The fragmentation and mirroring of steel frames, the grid as a framework of organising space, as well as the introduction of unconventional materials such as corrugated plastic and wood not only elevates the ordinary shed typology, but also encourage learning and a sense of community.


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