In order to clearly view the stars our eyes need time to adjust to darkness. My design addresses three site conditions: white light, red light, and darkness. White light contracts the pupils making it difficult to discern details in the dark, therefore the design restricts white light to a small area and provides red light, fire light, for all areas of activity prior to observation. Where observation occurs there is only darkness. The architecture creates these three conditions to address a fundamental part of viewing the night sky, the eyes ability to receive information.
Cloud-Watching From The Cubicle
An Answer to the Tyranny Of The Gridded Ceiling
The gridded acoustical tile ceiling is standard fare in post-war modernist offices. All environmental controls are consolidated into one coordinated system that promises to hush office chatter, heat and cool the air, and lend work surfaces an even, gentle glow.
In practice, the open office ceiling yields a flat, generic quality of sound, heats the warmest part of the room in the winter, and blows superfluous cold air in the summer to compensate for unnecessarily bright lights. In the name of modular flexibility, the gridded acoustical ceiling is taken for granted and has produced an incredible sameness of light, temperature, and sound- absolute rigidity from absolute flexibility.
As designers address the changing nature of the contemporary workspace, they must expand their field of view to include the ceiling as a malleable surface that can define space and meaningfully shape the acoustical qualities of that space.
We propose a challenge to the accepted model of interior space. This proposal is a provocation, one solution out of many possible solutions to this pressing question. Lighting, heating and cooling, sound attenuation, and seating are all reconsidered.
Visualization III: White Dragon
Our final project called for a site specific installation that complimented the formal language of the predominantly vertical front entry stair of Rudolph Hall. The installation mediated two scales - human experience and the building's larger context. Parametric design was used to generate the curved underside of the paper canopy into a straight line across the top. The form was then placed on a colonnade of ascending posts up the stair, inviting interaction and allowing mobility.
Architectural Design: New Haven Test
Faced with a design prompt akin to micro-housing, the primary goal was to increase the occupant’s spatial experience. The manipulation of light, view, and height maintain both privacy and a sense of openness within the tenant and owner space. The eastern and western walls bring light across the walls in subtle ways while still maintaining privacy from the neighboring windows. The northern and southern walls are open to allow views out, visually expanding the space. Rather than having interior partition walls, level changes define social spaces such as the kitchen and the living room.