In my first PreJury, we firstly had our main design idea of producing a proposition of a house that is being designed and critiqued by the set of references and quotations that govern that building.
We also produced our main design diagrams and drawings that explained our thought process visually. The thoughtfully produced further analysis on our references and the scaled drawings of them helped us grasp the idea behind designs and hopefully notice and analyze new qualities and spatial experiences that was not specifically mentioned by the architects themselves. Also because we are students, discovering and understanding the technical drawings and diagrams helped us improve our designs and also take reference the way real-world architects design things as well as the designs themselves.
In my jury, I showed how I integrated my previous idea and how I changed my first idea of referencing the vertical circulation volume of stairs that are in the Fukuta house. I first produced my main element of the slanted surface for having a reference place for the insertion of the volumes also referencing Fukuta house. But I noticed that this volumetric formation was very suitable for the slanted surface of the hill. This creates a point that the big surface is the projected abstraction of the ground surface. After the insertion, I anticipated that these volumes became intertwined and rotated to change their direction this later allowed me to use the analysis gathered from the Tolo house which is very modular and formed in a path that goes down a hill’s slope. Then I added my quote from this house which is the tilted bedroom formation allowing for a private way of passing through the house.
But in my jury, we noticed that the big slanted roof was not functioning spatially, therefore, being kind of an ornament. The Tolo house reference and the Fukuta house reference were working properly but not fully integrated with each other. I could further study and try three main approaches that could solve this. One is improving the Fukuta house reference by improving the spacial quality if the slanted surface to use it to solve my problems. Another one is to eliminate the slanted roof, choose the Tolo house reference or the last one can be connecting them through the middle space that is being produced by the angle of turning of the house as a path idea.
After the production of our sketch problem, we now had the opportunity to bring our projects up to a more complex level by adding the much-needed topography aspect of it. Before, the thought process was that we should have our references and quotations and then think in how to bring them together and form some kind of an essay organization that creates a narrative that is related with influencers, references, and appropriate quotes.
I think this is an interesting approach to a real-life building design since most design choices stem from real site analysis and go from there to provide a good design. But this is definitely not the only approach to design. The process can be the other way around concerning the site-less design and then integrating it with the topography after the first initial state. This is very similar to a book that I have called “Siteless” that I will make a later blog post so stay tuned for that!
Anyways, I think this is interesting and very beneficial in understanding the importance and the influence of the site also while not being trapped by it in the first stages. Since we had our quotation/referencing sketch problem, our instructors gave us our randomly chosen sites that only have the topographical information on them.
Mine was a triangle shaped bordered site that had a hill formation on the center that merged downwards creating two directions towards the point ends of the site. Therefore from now on, I tried to integrate the site and the model. Because they are both strong characteristic elements they are both influenced by each other and influence each other.
In order to start with our house in reference project,
We were firstly assigned a design problem of producing a case study of 10 examples of domestic architecture in varying scales. After the detailed analysis of the designs by producing diagrammatic scaled plan and section drawings, the concept of referencing in architecture was introduced. I designed some kind of a hybrid design that collects the problem solving solutions that are in some houses in varying degrees of referencing. After that we were given the challenge of adding a quote to our designs in the form of a sketch problem. We deliberated on the topic and this was the result.
The volumes are inserted to a tilted surface referencing the Fukuta House and the formation of a directional path is encouraged referencing the Tolo house which features a series of modules connected to form a house a as a path on a inclined way. This house also have two alternative ways of circulation inside of it. I draw my reference again to produce a circulation pattern that have two ways to circulate. One is through a main circulatory staircase volume quoted directly from the Fukuta house. And the other is going inside the volumes being parallel to the inclined surface similar to the inclined interior way of motion in the Tolo house. This allows a layered condition of levels of privacy. The higher layers are much more isolated in the sense that it is harder to reach that level while also strictly integrating with the lower volumes of the diachronic pattern of sequential transposition experience. Therefore the lower spaces are much more commonly used for inevitable by most of its users concerning the position of circulation direction. Also the lower spaces have a more fluid semi-open relationship with the outside when compared to the more private upper spaces.
Also, this design approach was assigned not to have any concern about the site in this stage. Therefore in order to play and emphasize this condition, i disturb my design by making a collage that increases the floating in space aspect 🙂