Easter break update

What I am doing so far……

  1. I am now working on putting spaces into plans and sections. In section, I design 2 different routes for  going up (green in photo) and down (red in photo). The slabs level in section are referring to the existing building. I keep most of them and cutting voids to create hierarchy and box form spaces. In some of the spaces, I intend to bring in more interaction between the going up and heading down visitors to enrich the feeling of journey. The plans are now half designed, I target to finalize the plans before end of next week. So I can concentrate on graphics and portfolio for a month or less.
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  2. Here is a rough drawing that I want my darkroom feels like. For safety reason, the darkroom cannot be 100% dark indeed, so I am exploring a way to have just enough light to direct visitors without making the space too dark or the light too sharp to hurt the eyes. There will be rooms in the darkrooms with small exhibitions and space to connect to external.
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    All small exhibition rooms have a corridor as a buffer zone before going into the room to avoid unexpected sharp light. The bottom of the wall will be framed glazing strip to bring the light out to darkroom from inside.
  3. Follow up the comment about the graphic for the individual spaces sheets, I spent sometime last week to work on this.  Tank

  4. For the scheme, my building is a museum that concentrate on using light and shadow to form and shaping spaces. And the remain building elements would be also used to be reminded its original use of the building but not in 1st position. And when I look on the relationship of the site/community and my project/building, ‘gentrification’ is again an ongoing issue in Williamsburg. How does gentrification related to my site? Actually the regenerating the land of Domino Sugar Factory, including my site is a behavior of gentrification. Williamsburg was once an industrial district and after the fall of industrial period, lots of factories were abandoned or demolished. And until now, most of the remained factories are turned into hotels, luxury condos or fancy offices. Moreover, Willamsburg is now considering to set up a business district. Those regenerated factories was physically remain but not the soul. Domino Sugar Factory was once the lead in sugar industry and represent the overall industrial figure in its glorious time. Furthermore, an article written in 2013 mentioned that small individual industry is replacing the traditional big factories. Hence, I want my building contains 1.(most important) light and shadow spaces, 2. elements to remain the sugar factory and 3. some exhibitions spaces and small workshop rooms to support small industry as the memorial of the industrial factories in Williamsburg.
  5. The laser cut boards are nearly ready, there are only 3 more to cut then I can start glue them.IMG_9035

One thought on “Easter break update

  1. I really like your drawing of the dark room. It brings in something that in the crit we discussed as missing from your semester 2 work and that was present particularly in your light box – a more situated and experiential perspective. I like the unsteady horizontals and suggestion of creeping dark at the perimeter of the charcoal field – there is something of the fiction or gentle nightmare (or a dream at least). It will be great to see you continue to introduce your own language to investigate your spaces in this way – suggesting the heightened experience that you want to create. You may be interested to look into this project by Miroslaw Balkahttp://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/unilever-series-miroslaw-balka-how-it as a precedent of an of darkness as a curated, ‘collected’ experience or artifact (this offered complete darkness).

    I don’t think I fully understand the ‘tank’ sheet. Do the tanks currently exist? What is this a memorial to (you describe it as a ‘memorial experience’)? The graphic still does not feel like it depicts a very precise controlling of light and dark. You might be interested to look at the photographs of Edwin Smith which very eloquently explore light and dark. https://www.architecture.com/image-library/features/edwin-smith.html?collection=feature-edwin-smith
    https://www.architecture.com/image-library/RIBApix.html?c-artistphotographer=Smith%2C%20Edwin%20%281912-1971%29
    See what light does in what it reveals or what is lost in moments of brightness and darkness – for example a backlit subject loses detail https://www.architecture.com/image-library/RIBApix/image-information/poster/ideal-fish-and-chip-shop-london/posterid/RIBA5552.html
    Look back at the catalogue where you started to describe types of light – diffused, reflected, etc. Know what type of light you are curating in that space and where it is coming from before drawing it.

    It would be great to have a drawing informed by your sketch section but showing how the daylight modeling that you did informs the placement of the spaces. The shop and auditorium stand out a little. Why do you have a shop? Do you need a shop? Be critical of the expected museum elements. If you do have a shop, what does it offer as a commodity of this experience of light and dark? What would take place in the auditorium? Is this a place for showing film? If so can film be more elegantly conceived of as another type of light in your catalogue of light and dark?

    Looking at the detail will be very important in designing the transition from one space to another so begin to do this for next week, as you have started to with the small sketch showing the ‘buffer zone’. Have a collection of such drawings showing how you design the transitions between spaces.

    Questions arise regarding the third element of your programme. It will be important to think about what these industries might be, are they akin to the diminishing industries of Williamsburg or do you embrace emerging industry? Look to the small industries in the article you mention (include this research in your portfolio), what are you offering to support them? I agree that the curating of light and dark is the primary focus of your project so think about how this translates to inform this secondary element. It would be a shame to have a series of tacked on spaces that do not take from your ongoing research and design.

    Keep going, looking forward to seeing the evolution for next week.

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