Melanie Titone: Architectural Design II
Project 01: Border work/Study Zone
For this project I had to create a public place where anyone could study and/or communicate with people on the other side of the border wall. This communication center provides high speed internet access that in this area can be hard to find. To successfully create a area where this was possible I researched both sides cultures and their architecture.
The verb drawings helped me to understand and practice designs that I can implement in future drawings. I looked at everyday things while comparing them architecturally to buildings and walls and then created my own visions of how these verbs could apply.
I started out with a lot of big ideas here that were clogging my vision so I aggressively simplified my thoughts and stuck with one idea and took off with it. This idea was a "Eden" communication center where you could visit your friends and family and speak with them or touch them, with of course some moderate safety restraints. This center focus helped me build the rest with the "Eden" being in the outdoor area and indoors becoming a study space. By the time I finished this process I went straight into the ending stages and with that decided not to create a practice model as I didn't want a strict idea to go off of for the end product.
Final Drawings and Model
My final product came together quite nicely. On the Mexico side I created a large and open outdoor space with the center focus of the Eden still in focus. I created a roof for this area to make a bigger statement and create more feeling as you walk into this special place of communication. This became more into a shape of a flower as to signal blossoming relations between the two countries. I also added a raised outdoor study area which allows for more flexibility between the indoor and outdoor space and can be a nice calm visionary space for working. My walls had curves and some rotated angles in them which made the are flow well. I added an assortment of slanted and plain square windows on the side to further push this idea.
On the U.S side, I continued with the center focus idea and the curved and rotated angle walls. I also liked the idea of outdoor study spaces and added to in ground study tables that were secluded in the walls two major curves. I wanted my "Eden" to radiate into the rest of my outdoor space so I created a community garden for the people who come.