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Underground functions and constructions

Functions of the underground chambers: Construction method: I decided to use my initial ‘locomotion’ construction method, instead of the modular casting method (which I blogged last week), given that my project was inspired by how animals create their burrows, to bring the animal architecture into human architecture. User 1 (Visitors homes) Construction sequences: 1. Gelatine…

Underground spaces for them

User specific underground spaces: User 1: Tourists who stay in Dungeness for a short duration. (Second homes) Underground functions: -Meditation -Spa treatment -Alternative sleeping chamber Precedent studies: 1. The Moleman – William Lyttle, 79, who has unusual burrowing habits spent 40 years hollowing out a web of tunnels and caverns under his house. 2. French artist living…

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Scale comparison

The drawing below shows the underground structure in various scales. Different scales provide different intensity of spatial experiences for the user which could create a hierarchy of space that responds to the user needs of space. To establish the needs of a specific user The protagonist: A man who owns a house in Dungeness for…

Space extension

This week’s progress New spaces are crucial for individuals/occupants who expect a family expansion as time goes by. Underground extension is an opportunity to discover new spaces in Dungeness (while relocating burrowing animals). The timeline of underground extension:     To condense a large programme into this minimal footprint (within existing house perimeter): Negative space cut-out model:      …

Drawing and experiments

Tuesday’s cross crit: 1. Exploded drawing that shows: -Identification of different types of animal burrow. -Methods that animals use to burrow. -Insertion of human burrow and role of human as observer in underground. 2. Material Testing – Experiments of gravel solidification using different material such as Resin, clay, plaster of paris, latex, hardener. – To be…

Precedent studies week

My main focus last week was to find precedent studies that are related to my project, they are such as: 1. To find bonding material that can solidify shingles in Dungeness. (for underground structure purpose) Precedent: Turning dunes into architecture, Magnus Larsson Outcome: To use resin as my proposed bonding substrate. Feedback: Do experiments to…

Underground world : Human vs Animal

The drawing below shows the types of burrowing animals in Dungeness. It shows the different scale of body sizes and the functions of burrow (shelter, protection from danger/weather, feeding, and etc.).   Below is an imaginary underground structure. I shifted the animal scale into human scale to create a tunnel-like playful underground structure.   As a result of the existing…

Spinning Tree House

The tree house is functioning as a structure that takes care of all the special plant species in Dungeness. It is a spinning structure that allows the plants to go underground and receive treatment /nourishment. Ideas after Tuesday’s feedback: More research of the vegetation on site and try to relate the structure to the different location of plant species. Too…

Vegetation mapping

Last week I talked about understanding the vegetation on site to relate it back to my tree house concept. The vegetation shown above are the common plant species that can be found in Dungeness. I am working together with Faez to find our more about the vegetation including soil condition, formation of plants and more….

Tree House

“Houses look as if they have sprouted naturally from beneath the stones” (pg.74) Inspired by the text in Brian Dillon’s essay, I am looking into making a structure that can accommodate both  people and plants to make it a living tree house.   The negative space drawing from last week’s collage has the potential to be…

Imaginary drawing

The exquisite corpse exercise inspired us to bring different elements of Dungeness together in a closer adjacent. There are some interesting elements in my chosen collages that are worth exploring: The contrast of colour on site, different scale of time, upside down element, natural and man-made element, and more. I produced two drawings inspired by the collages and…