Brandon Givens: Architectural Design II
Project 01: Elemental Garden
The driving question how can architecture use the classical elements of matter --Earth, Air, Fire, Water--to represent culture, history, or human behavior in a profound and meaningful way? The goal of this project was to design a garden that represented the clients interest in one of the four classical elements of matter. Parameters for this project was that garden could be no larger then 75x150 square feet in space, designed in manner that adequately represents the element, while keeping in mind the elemental house project. to ensure a cohesive design language, Finally a folly that directly is related to the element was required. For this project determination of the site was optional, and was based on what fit with relation to your elemental garden.
I selected the Classical Element of water, the goal was to research water in relation to Architectural design, and how water is perceived . In the humans sense water is prevised as a standing body that doesn't have significant effects if any at all. However if you examine water scientifically you begin to realize that water is much more than standing body. Not only is water movable, however it can take both liquid, and solid forms, water is also affected by climate, and weather. If examining this concept farther,the water cycle is how water interacts with the environment, from the steps of Evaporation, to Condensation, finally Precipitation demonstrating water can also take a gas form. In concluding my research water is not saw environment that many marine species in habit, thus this project seeks to discover how the environment of water can interacted with from above, abd below.
Garden Site Location
Dubai, UAE/Persian Gulf
The Persian Gulf is located in Tropic Of Cancer, being located close to the equator this region experience mild seasons if any at all. This region has an average temperature of between 70-120 degrees fahrenheit, with the average humidity being above 60. Both Dudai, and the Persian Gulf experience direct sunlight all year long being located near the equator. Dubai is city apart of The United Arab Emirates; located in desert biome Dubai's terrain is flat, it climate humid, and hot, and has experience no substantial natural disaster event in record history. Being located along the Persian Gulf coastline Dubai is home many marine ecosystem specifically coral reef, and Seagrass beds, finally the persian gulf is much shallower than the surrounding oceans. It is for these attributes that the client selected this location.
Bubble Diagram explored many concepts that could relate to water in perception, and interaction
The main conceptual design is exploring water in its environment, so rather than having water as garden just place on land. I'm taking this garden im placing it in the water so that water as an element can be explored both above, and below the surface of water. The insures that the client can immerse themself with in the element of water.
Refined Preliminary Design
The Refined Preliminary Concept Design is composed of two concepts one referred to as discovery island, and another referred to as staggered island. substantial design elements of each conctps is that they include a below sea level observation area, artificial reef, and floating island as part of the design. This insure that the client is immersed in the element of water, and can interact with it, and experience it in many aspects. while creating a sustainability affect with artificial coral reef to support the local ecosystem, and all aspects of this concept are designed in a way to a minimal impact on the environment.
Folly Preliminary Design
The folly preliminary design is minimalist, design on vertical axis. key aspects of the are that the roof was designed to represent a whirlpool. The Folly design also includes a below deck observation that the client to immerse themselves in the environment of water. The folly didn't change much from its conceptual form it was original sketch as lighthouse , and pavilion, that included the observation space. However this was refined to the pavilion design keeping the observation space, using the water wheel concept which was included the pavilion concept as the lift that moves on a vertical axis from observation the deck to above water level deck space. These attributes were combined together creating the folly design.
The final design combines all attributes of the location, elemental research, and preliminary design to ensure the optimal result that connects with the element of water. That fits with in the parameters of the project, and gives the client what they desire. including floating Island, observations, and immersive water folly, as that artificial coral reef garden, making final water garden.
The final Folly design was simply a refining of the folly concept design. Simple taking the floating islands, below water level observation, folly roof, and combining these attributes to create an immersive experience.
Final Design Rendering