Philip Beesley’s visit on 2/25/11:
Relationship with the Ground.
Thinking about the relationship between the ground, the swales, and the buildings.
Concept development for skin and exterior pathway
Inspiration from the haphazard planks of the Hole House in Houston, Texas:
Idea for concept application to project
Warmth of wood for public space, inducing a welcoming atmosphere for families, coolness of steel for private research, demonstrating the procedural and orderly aspect of science.
Studying wood planks layout:
Studying possibilities for curving wood planks to follow shape of building:
Study of Steel Skin:
The idea for a transition between public and private is to have the two materials intersect and intertwine. Instead of as the skin, this part will be on the floor so people can walk over it, look down, and experience that transition and interaction.
Quick update to show what I’m working on:
This is a view just entering the second-level interaction space (Purple in the programming diagrams) from the bridge that goes over the cafe, showing how the public-private interaction space might look. To encourage interaction, the main circulation is forced to go around a huge interaction area where there are what could be demonstration stations for scientists to play around for inspiration and maybe even just to have fun during break time. The public would be able to interact with the items on those stations, and in turn may also inspire (as well as learn from) the scientists. The middle area is a long bar of benches with tables for resting and more possible interaction. At the end of this space is a main exit circulation, which could also be entry circulation for those who enjoyed and want to re-experience the interaction.
I am still working on it, but it is taking a while, so I am just giving a quick update.
Interior view of lower left lab bar:
Looking from shared amenity space inward.
Standing in middle of lab looking toward the lab bar end.
Looking from middle toward shared amenities space.