update 19 April

Follow up the tutorial on last tuesday, all plans are finished in cad last week. And I also did some portfolio update during the weekend.

Here are the plans: plans combine

I’ll leave the plans for now and start to work on 3d model. When I have my sections, I’ll do the graphic with the plans together and put them into portfolio.

And for the portfolio update,

P.1 is new to add in, the show the building react to the sun path

P.3-4 is updated version to replaced the old direct sunlight into the building

P.5-6 added more photos in, the line frame and font will be cut out

p.11 texture added on the walls

p. 15 updated version of the previous darkroom interior render

p. 16 updated version of the previous exhibition area within the darkroom render (the bottom of the wall is a framed glazing to isolate sound and let the light comes out from rooms to darkroom)

p. 19 is a diagram showing the space on ground level, it is a low illuminate environment with molasses filled the surrounding and top. the 3d model will show more in details.



For back up research,

I am organizing a sheet to show the demolished/renovated factories in williamsburg to support the reason why I am designing the sugar factory into light and shadow museum.

Again, the focus should be 1. light and shadow 2. sugar factory 3. the industries of Williamsburg


the objective

  1. Light and shadow is a carry on research from last semester. Shadow is inevitable when an object is placed in front of light. And light, as sun and light source are something we need everyday to do our work in day and night. Shadow and light museum is to give people a place to enjoy, to inspired by the light and shadow. It is something we don’t pay attention on and we think it is only appeared in photography, and I put it into an experience for visitor to explore.
  2. The reason of turning sugar factory to light and dark museum. Sugar factory and lighting are inalienable. Sugar factory normally works 6 to 7 days, 24 hours in a week, especially keep the sugar boiling in liquid from during operation. The energy spending is massive. Hence in order to reduce energy spending, according to Sugar Refinery Handbook, factory intend to add in natural lighting into rooms to reduce the use of electrical lighting energy. Although natural lighting is encouraged but it is also restricted in some areas, such as sugar storage and boiling room. The temperature can be rise up to 50 degree during peak hour in boiling room, the larger opening for natural light would make the boiling room even hotter. Also during the sugar production, sugar dust as a side products in specific steps is easy to explode.  Therefore the building contains light and dark two extreme lighting levels.
  3. turning sugar factory to museum.
    sugar factory is a remarkable building that can represent Wiliamsburg. Willamsburg was a well-known industry area that many factories there reached their best in world in their glorious time. Followed by the declaration of industry, factories in Willamsburg got shut down, demolished or  renovated. Under the lack of housing condition in New York, factories are legislated to be redeveloped as luxury or special condo and flats. The rezoning scheme for Greenpoint and Williamsburg, part of Williamsburg are rezoned into business district, that pushing local industries to move out or closed down. The purpose to keep sugar factory as a museum is to protect the the spirit of Williamsburg as an industry city and to break the routine of renovated abandoned factories into hotel or flats. I want to keep the sugar factory to tell the story of what it used to and what the place used to be. By supporting this, there are workshop spaces in the buildings to provide rooms for local small/individual industries.

The building is designed into 2 routines, up and down. Up is restricted on light and shadow experience, even using some sugar factory elements as background. Down is more open to show the background of the building and the industry city with light and shadow elements in rooms.


-all plans
-unfolded routine
-Rooms design sheets (room, form, interior section, render)
-1-2 elevations
-design diagrams
-2-3 details
-physical model
-3d models render
-site analysis
-back up research
-sem 1 related research

The work list for this week:

-3d model
-finish the Williamsburg industry sheet
-material sheets
– work on structure (last tutorial with Colin next week)

One thought on “update 19 April

  1. Looking at pages 5 and 6, you should be aware that these images could be quite confusing. As Igea mentioned in the cross-crit by showing the building as a whole through these interiors only the project could be read as a proposal to demolish the outer skin of the building. These photographs show light and shadow upon the interior of the building WITHOUT its outer skin and therefore shows a very different condition of light and shade to what you will actually achieve in your proposal. Think about what you can do to make it clear that it is not your proposal to demolish the outer part of the factory. It might be that you overlay a line drawing to the photograph of the model showing the retained parts of the building that are not included in your model. You would also need to adjust the light and shadow shown in the photograph. For example, unless the lower stories are completely glazed or open, you would not get the shadows shown in your photograph.

    Page 11 needs an annotation or title to make it clear which interior is being shown. The texture is definitely an improvement to the drawing but you should also have a sheet explaining what the interior finishes and surfaces are if these are contributing to the light and shadow experience by the degree of absorption / reflection of light. For example, polished concrete would reflect more light than concrete cast in a textured formwork, and this paint used by Anish Kapoor absorbs 99.96% of light http://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/02/anish-kapoor-exclusive-rights-vantablack-blackest-black-pigment/ and a space finished with it would therefore be very dark, even if a good amount of light was entering it. Similarly, annotate or draw details to show the glass and other properties of the design that work towards achieving your control of light and dark.

    There will need to be drawn sheets in the portfolio that outline the objectives such as the information written under objective 2 on the functional designing for light in sugar factories. Objective 3, as the articulation of your project and its stance on change and preservation needs a little more refining – it could be said that the best way to preserve industry is to retain a functioning factory, rather than turn it into a museum. Is it that your project works in 2 stages – the museum shows us what is lost, and then the workshop programme shows us potential for the continuity of industry, albeit a different type. We don’t yet see or understand how the workshop spaces will be introduced in terms of the spatial design, or the engagement with emerging Williamsburg industries. If this is part of the project narrative we need to see it in the design so have some portfolio-ready work on this to show on Tuesday.

    With regards to the floor plans, these should show more clearly where your interventions are, this is an opportunity to show how it relates to the model and dispel the potential confusion mentioned earlier. Ask Jaycee if you can have a look at the floorplans that she has been working on and how she is showing the distinctions between the exiting building and her additions. There is proportionally a lot of space in your plans given to spaces that are not part of your museum programme, these could come across as an after thought. Make it clear in your plans where the primary museum programme is and this might suggest some clever planning and circulation to refine the other areas.

    On Tuesday we will have tutorials in a crit format, i.e. with all work to show so that we can identify where there are gaps in the portfolio and where existing work should be refined.

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