Saturday, May 1, 2010

Walls and Ceilings- Boundaries

For this week I really tried to take the plan that I have and work with it to create boundaries in non-traditional ways. I thought a lot about the necessity of walls and tried to be as intentional as possible. I came down to the decision that there were only walls needed for privacy and some for safety mostly in public areas. I played very much with the idea of the ceiling directing use of space and creating the aforementioned boundaries. The height of the ceiling directly corresponds to the number of people in the space; higher ceilings allow for the flow of ideas and conversation between multiple people whereas the lower spaces create a solitude and space for reflection. Different shapes in the ceiling direct traffic differently and inforce the associated height. In the public space the ceiling curves and meanders as does the traffic that is simply visiting the building. This reflects the ability to change ones mind, to wander around the viewing deck, and to interact with different people over the course of ones visit. The private parts of the building are arranged on the basis of the purpose and use of the building. The entrance is located directly opposite of the boat storage and dock, with all other intermediary uses in the middle such as lockers, coach's offices, and the meeting room. The circulation in these areas is very focused and destination driven and therefore in a striaght line. The walkways are again divided by height, with the meeting room having a narrow hallway with a lower ceiling over it to promote focus and intensity going into a pre-game meeting, and the locker rooms which are generally for team excitement and pre-game amp-up are wider with higher, linear designed ceilings.

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