For my final project I wanted a strong sculptural design influenced by the sloping site on which it was located. My fairly static and centralized plan is contrasted by the dynamic elevation of the roof. The form of the ribbons of the roof are determined by the heights of the various rooms required by the program. The rooms are all proportional to each other and their heights were determined by their relative importance to the program. So, for example, the tallest space is the stage, followed by the green room. The roof is highest there, and lowest at the individual dressing rooms and restrooms. The walls are constructed of pre-cast concrete and the roof is covered in architectural titanium. I used the mesh (mid-balance, held taut in a rigid frame) to cover the stage so as to allow it to be shaded for daytime performances. The windows in the main building are all above eye-level since all the spaces in that building are dressing rooms and restrooms. The form of the public restrooms and concession stands mimics the form of the main structure.
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For the plan of my theater I decided to experiment with proportions. Each room is proportioned according to the golden ratio, something that was discussed heavily in a class on geometry and architecture that I am taking. Each rectangle in the diagram shows an area proportioned to the golden ratio. Each color represents a rectangle of different scale.
Our four day journey to Cambridge, MD was incredibly busy, and I was impressed by a lot that I saw. First of all, I really enjoyed walking around downtown Pittsburgh, looking at the wide range of architectural styles. I would have liked to have had more time to explore the city. The same holds true for Washington D.C. and Annapolis. I particularly enjoyed visiting the chapel at the Naval Academy. It was a very peaceful space, and the mesh was effectively utilized. At the Cambridge Architectural facility, what surprised me the most was how much of the mesh production process relied on people. I expected most of the production process to be done by machines.
I decided to focus on the various ways twisted mesh can be used in a facade. My first design uses the mesh to shade a glass facade. The mesh gradually transforms across the facade from 0 twist to 90 degrees. It is held in place fairly conventionally (using what I envision as either the eclipse or scroll attachments) with intermediate attachments halfway up and angled to help keep the twist in the metal fabric:
From here I am going to look at different ways the twisted mesh can be supported (using more tension elements, perhaps?) and try out different designs for the facade.