Sunday, May 1, 2011
Another focus in our semester was the use of color in our perspectives. With the use of prismacolor markers we were to color a perspective that we drew and also color a perspective of another students. My perspective was of the hallway in the bottom of the gateway building and I chose to color Kelsey's drawing of the outside walkway looking at the gateway building. After much trial and error in order to understand how the markers blend as well as finding the right color for each thing, the final product turned out pretty well.
Posted by Christine Lumans at 7:24 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Floor Plan of Fallingwater from memory
Over the weekend we took a class trip to Monticello in Virginia and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Both architectural sites are truly amazing in their own right, but for me visiting Fallingwater was an fantastic experience. I have studied Frank Lloyd Wright and his work for years and being able to actually see this amazing structure in person was somewhat surreal. Going to Fallingwater felt like an architectural pilgrimage. Wright is known for his use of contextualism and his ability to incorporate nature into his design. Fallingwater is cantilevered over a waterfall with the design of the building incorporating the rocks the house was built on. The beauty of the house comes from the nature around it and how the house is designed to mimic it's natural surroundings. Wright's meticulous details from the cornerless corners to the staircase leading from the living room to the river are all meant to make the house more of an experience of nature, and I was ready to move right in.
Posted by Christine Lumans at 8:29 AM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
After reading the exert from A Pattern Language, I have a whole new understanding of the intimacy gradient of a building. Understanding not only the way people use rooms, but also how to make people more comfortable within each room is incredibly important. The article goes through important details from the placement of windows within rooms to the proper circulation of rooms within a building. These concepts are going to be very important to our next design project. In designing the Writer's Retreat, we have to consider the different spaces within the building and how to define the public vs. the private. As the Writer's Retreat is meant to be a space in which one sleeps, eats, works, and entertains, the organization of rooms and the definition of space will be very important. In terms of defining a specific pattern to the building, it makes sense for the more public spaces to be toward the front of the building, while the sleeping quarters and more personal spaces should be more private and perhaps in the rear of the building. The Retreat is supposed to be inviting to not only the people who live there, but also the people who visit, and finding the happy median between both the public and private sections of the house is going to be a challenge, but using the suggestions in this article will help create a successful design.