Project 02: Cliff House
Project 01: Park Wall Building
The design objective is to create a creative and sustainable structure that solves a problem for a Texas State Park. I chose Pedernales Falls State Park. I am proposing to create an artistic rest-stop for the park's hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The structure is complete with restroom facilities, cover from rain and sun, and an observatory.
Project Documentation and Review:
Before my class began our project research, we explored the architecture of Mies van der Rohe and were commissioned to create a piece of art inspired by his work. I was attracted to his buildings' continuity of space, light, and smooth surface. His buildings all commonly possess some continuity of view. In an effort to capture this, I imagined a maze of walls and and passages. I reversed the concept of light with dark and attempted to create an effect of darkness down the passages.
Next, we explored the masterpieces of Mondrian. We were to draw a piece of architecture that captured the essence of his work. As I was heavily drawn to his heavy, angular lines and bold colors, I deemed to pair them with a eclectic dimension aspect. I altered his colors slightly and used grays and whites to become the background of the building.
Also we briefly discussed the De Stijl art movement and created our own pieces of art.
Eventually, we delved head first into the project. My initial concept was to create a modern building that played off Mondrian's angular approach. I leaned towards smooth surfaces. I knew that I wanted to make the building become one with the environment despite its inorganic aesthetic. To achieve this, I dabbled in erosion on box sides of my modern box to mimic the river and create traffic to unique views, pulling from Mies' trend of continuity of light and view.
Soon after, I built a study model.
As I refined my ideas, I decided to concentrate the erosion to only one side of the building and to leave the other side completely angular and intact. I imagined a floating set of stairs and glass railings that offer protection, but allow for complete view.
In the conclusion of our project, we were commissioned to draw up a presentable site plan and include the levels to our building in a cohesive floorplan style. In addition, we were required to create an elevation/ section drawing.
I also built a final model to represent the building concept. Constructed from foam and plaster, the landscape has minimal color to allow for focus of interest on the building.