Project 01: Artist Retreat
The design objective was to design an artist retreat for an important living artist. I was given an artist called Alex Maclean, an aerial photographer and architect. I decided to put my site in Winthrop, Massachusetts because Alex Maclean was born there and is an American photographer. I also placed the site in an open space and close to the Atlantic Ocean so that Alex Maclean could watch the ocean from his artist retreat. The house conveys his style of patterns through the use of stacked rectangles.
Alex Maclean lives in Lincoln Massachusetts. He is an american aerial photographer who takes pictures from his own plane. Maclean uses pattern and bright colors in his works and also has a good sense of space.
Mixed Media Artwork
My motive for the multimedia piece was to represent a beach to show how the site was going to be placed near the ocean. I cut up balsa wood and placed them to look like a beach boardwalk to show Alex Maclean's use of patterns. I also made little umbrellas and set them down in a pattern. I used some gesso to form ocean waves while using bright colored paint to paint the ocean to show how Maclean uses bright colors in his works.
I decided to place my site in Winthrop, Massachusetts because it is close to the Pacific Ocean so Alex Maclean could look out and watch the view. To do this, I realized that he would need a tall house to represent the aerial perspective which is why I chose to design a four story house. I chose to use stacked rectangles to convey Maclean's use of patterns in his works. In the end, I added the balconies to not only fill in the gaps on the sides but also to provide multiple viewpoints from different areas of the house.
The final design is a four story house that is divided up so that the first and second floors are the public spaces while the third and fourth floors are the private spaces. The house is made of stone and wood and one side of the studio is just glass to provide Alex Maclean a view of the ocean. Many windows were added throughout the house to provide a lot of light. Also, each floor has a staircase so that people could just walk from floor to floor.