59_Graham Rose: Shifting Spirals

Graham Rose

I am a first year architecture student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. I am born and raised in Chicago.

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Shifting Spirals

So the project all around was  little strange, in parenthesis is the assignment from the course syllabus. Essentially we had to create a folly that was semi habitable for people or any creature depending on your design. We had to utilize two design approaches that we had been working with all semester. The project was initially limited to an 18’x18’x18’ cube but we were allowed to break the barrier if it was necessary and made sense. My studio was allowed to create our own site plan rather than it having to appear somewhere in Brooklyn.

My specific project was built to give people a sense of being enclosed when they are in the center of it, but when they get to the top they can overlook the entire landscape around them. The folded planes would disrupt the view from the overlook continuing to create the feeling of being enclosed, this was assisted by the frames folding up extending and then folding back towards the center. The model was constructed from four different spirals interlocked. Each spiral consists of 5 levels with varying sizes of platforms at each level. The frames were only placed on the perimeter platforms and dictated the orientation of the folded planes.

(Choose two of the design approaches you have developed for the midterm presentation and combine them to design the outside and inside of a single space as your final project. You can think of this as an architectural folly or themed monument in a park in Brooklyn. A visitor has to be able to experience you project as an interior and as an object in a landscape. The maximum boundary is 18' by 18' by 18'. Make a decision on how to orient your project relative to the sun. Your project can be lifted off the ground or partially submerged. Since you will use two design approaches at the same time and will also use two materials, you will have to make many sketch models to test variations. You will start to think about the coherence of a formal system at a specific scale and address notions of site, tectonics and program. You will work on an architectural proto-concept and present that at the final review.)