Instructors: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio II


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Design Analysis

Design Synthesis 01

Design Synthesis 01 - Site

Design Synthesis 02

Design Synthesis 02 - Site



Sliced Views

Continue to develop your project through the digital model. Reference the section studies of light & shadow, grid, and circulation as a way of creating edges and enclosures. On Wednesday, 11/16, have three 1/8" floor plans (the canal, street and elevated walk) printed for discussion. Consider the plans as a sliced condition through your project, similar to the section which includes immediate site adjacencies. Print each floor plan on a separate 11x17 size paper.

For Reference,
below is running list of what has been completed thus far for design synthesis 2:

prj. 1 - 10 line diagram
prj. 2 - concept model
prj. 2 - circulation strategy drawings
prj. 2 - (3) program wire models w/ circulation
prj. 2 - (1) refined program wire model w/ circulation
prj. 2 - section studies: grid, circulation, light shadow
prj. 2 - 1/8" section drawings
prj. 2 - 1/8" plan drawings

--Victoria McReynolds 22:34, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Constructing Sequence

From your three circulation investigations, identify a circulation strategy that best manifests your concept in terms of light & shadow and site limitations. From this single circulation strategy you are to develop three 1/8" sequence models that refine the circulation experience and locate programatic spaces. Similar to the project one program wire models, have the piano wire locate space through line hierarchy and defined edges. Refine your circulation by articulating the alignment, size, and orientation of your landings and destinations. In each version consider how the circulation participates with the light & shadow exhibition on a whole. Does the circulation become the exhibition hall or why is it necessary for the circulation to remain separate from the exhibition hall? For Wednesday, in each of your three 1/8" sequence models there needs to be a clear articulation of circulation as it relates to your building entry and vertical movement (elevator & stairs), relationship to light & shadow, and development of your concept. Remember you have the context of a prj 1. 10-line diagram, concept model and circulation strategy from which to build upon.

Before the end of today, email me your three rhino circulation model investigations with the subject line "2501 circulation models". Name each file "last name, first initial01" (or 02, 03)

--Victoria McReynolds 18:05, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

At the Core

Project 2 provides a site of many levels: a street scape that differs from a canal walk which that from a pedestrian path. Each condition addresses the building envelope in a variety of ways: over and above, down and below, wrap and center. Your circulation scheme will be the thread between all three negotiating the relationships of departure, arrival and procession. You have a palette of four circulation types (step, elevator, escalator and ramp) with which to work. A minimum of two means of circulation are required, one being the elevator and the other is your choice.

Develop digitally three means of transversing your building envelop. Create a skeleton condition of the circulation that resolves basic code needs while reinforcing your concept. For Wednesday have three axonometric line drawings that communicate your intention and study of circulation. Be sure to include reference to the site boundaries and corresponding levels. Below is a circulation study of elevator, stairs and ramp system for project 2.

Refer to the project precedent links which have been added to the Course References

The image below shares applicable code requirements for your circulation study.
Be sure your means of circulating addresses these needs.

--Victoria McReynolds 19:00, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Tall and Narrow

We are both looking back and forward at the start of project two. Working with the same goal from project one of creating an exhibition space for light and shadow, you are to construct three 1/16" models that explore a re-situtation of your concept. Reference the reflective concept diagram created yesterday as you construct you develop your concept spatially in the footprint given. These will be discussed at the beginning of class along with your completed project 1 concept diagram.

--Victoria McReynolds 13:23, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

2D to 3D Diagram

Drawing from your previous house analysis, generate two 2D diagrams, in plan, that record all floors of the project. One plan diagram is for circulation that denotes path and threshold. While the other plan diagram indicates place such as public, private and servant spaces. The two diagrams will serve as a base from which to build your six 3D diagram models. These 3D diagram models should capture the atmosphere of your house. Construct three circulation models and three place models resulting in a total of six models. Using modeling materials, articulate openings, cuts, overlaps, extensions, intersections, and other component manipulations to best describe either circulation or place. The 3D diagram model is an interpretation in the "quality of space" through enclosures, boundaries, openings, alignment, connection and hierarchy. There isn't one way to complete this exercise so each model iteration should refine previous conditions while testing new ones. The three circulation 3D models articulate path and threshold while capturing the change in atmosphere as one moves through the house. The three place 3D models articulate the atmosphere of public, private and servant space. As a diagram, the six 3D models are an abstraction of the house you studied. Edit and construct the model so that it best captures the quality of space as seen in your house. Sometimes this may be a literal representation of the case house, other times for example you may need to adapt an opening to better communicate the spatial effect. For Friday, have the two 2D diagrams pinned up and your six 3D diagrams ready to discuss.

--Victoria McReynolds 17:36, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Drawings Contextualized

For Friday, ten 11x17 landscape format drawings need to be printed and pinned up. Six sheets are designated for the six diagram sets. Remember a diagram set consists of three diagrams (existing, treated, observed) and all three are to be on one 11x17 organized either left to right or top to bottom. One 11x17 sheet is for your base plan drawing used for the diagrams and One 11x17 sheet is for your base section drawing used for the other diagrams. Your axonometric drawing with circulation (path + transition) diagram is to be on one 11x17 sheet. The last 11x17 sheet is to be used to show your remaining two base drawings. All 11x17 sheets are to be landscape in orientation. The diagrams may be drawn by hand, but the base drawings and axonometric are to be printed.

List of requirements:
(6) 11x17 diagram sets
(2) 11x17 base drawings used for diagramming
(1) 11x17 axonometric drawing with circulation diagram
(1) 11x17 remaining two base drawings on a single sheet

--Victoria McReynolds 19:59, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Diagram Drawings

Studio reference books, Drawing: the motive force of architecture by Peter Cook and The Diagrams of Architecture edited by Mark Garcia are on reserve in the library for your reference.

Be sure to consider line weight, tone and type when articulating your three step diagrams: existing, transformed and effect. Establish a graphic consistency with all three steps to clearly communicate an investigation of scale, geometry and proportion for both your selected plan and section. Remember the diagram is an abstraction tool to tell the story of specific components in your building. Utilize the relationship of grids to inform the proportion diagram and proportion to inform the scale diagram. Reduce the building shapes to basic geometries such as the square, rectangle, circle, triangle or trapezoid. Have your sequence diagrams printed on 11x17 to review on Monday.

--Victoria McReynolds 21:18, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Refining and Reconstructing

Reconstruct in Rhino, a base model of your house from the clarity of your refined base drawings. Model the necessary building components (for example, floors, edges, openings, circulation and thresholds) to communicate the spatial clarity of your house. Use gridlines from your plan(s) and section(s) as guidelines for alignment.

Within the base model, identify 4 cut-plane locations, in plan(s) and section(s), that best capture the spatial variety of the architecture. These cut-plane locations can either be similar to your collected research drawing(s) or can identify a new cut-plane that you believe better describes a section of your house.

Digital toolbox provides a good tutorial on sections which can be found under rhinoceros > advance > section. Use these steps in combination with the tutorial ai import export to export your plan and section cuts from rhino. In illustrator, compare your base drawings with the generated 3d model cuts to look for accuracy and see if adjustments need to be made. Make any necessary line weight adjustments so the drawings clearly articulate what is cut through and the space behind the cut. For Wednesday have four refined base drawings printed on 8.5 x 11 and your rhino model in studio to further work from.

--Victoria McReynolds 17:50, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Four Reconstructed Drawings

Select a total of four primary drawings, consisting of plan(s) and section(s), that best explain the spatial nature of you house. Using either Illustrator, AutoCAD or Rhino, re-construct the drawings by seeing only what is necessary to communicate boundaries, place, circulation, and thresholds. All drawings need to be at the same scale and printed on 8.5 x 11 by the beginning of class Friday.

--Victoria McReynolds 19:37, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Rhino through Creation Engine

Maria Jeffery has forward your student information to Creation Engine. As of today Rhino is on backorder but it is expected to be in stock tomorrow. Follow this link to place your order -


Four House Projects

Villa Savoye (1929) - by Le Corbusier

Alex S. / Michelle / Megan

Eames House (1949) - by Charles and Ray Eames

John / Miguel / Brandon

Crawford House (1990) - by Morphosis

Alex / Jennifer

Neugebauer House (1998) - by Richard Meier

Nick / Taylor

and refer to Course References for links to further information.
--Victoria McReynolds 22:51, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Design Analysis - Begin Research

The primary focus for next Monday class is for each student to First have a healthy collection of building information. This means Plan, Site Plan, Section(s), Elevations, interior and exterior Photos, process documentation of conceptual model(s), drawing(s), diagram(s), and text on the architects position - all of which is listed under Task 01 of your project prompt. Compare documents when gathering this information and select a range of communication styles to later draw from. For example find a photographs from varying light conditions or a plan drawing completed in sketch and the same completed in hardline. The more information from which to understand the house the better your capacity to reconstruct the space and experience.

Second, spend time looking at the drawings and photos, what dominates the image, what conditions repeat, where is the entrance, how do you circulate through the house, etc. Test your collected building information by seeing if you can track one architectural element in the various images - such as how a column may appear in plan and then in image? Use your drawing tools and trace paper as a way of tracking your answers.

It is more important that each student develops their collection of resourced drawing and images then of sketched diagrams. Monday we will review ways of seeing and methods of diagraming.

Completed sketch Diagrams are Not required.

--Victoria McReynolds 22:41, 26 August 2011 (UTC)