Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio V


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Project Program

Exercise 1 - context

Exercise 2 - code


Avila, Erick
Ayala, Ginger
Barhorst, Caitlyn
Becerra, Robert
Garcia-Pina, Sergio
Henderson, Jeremy
Littlepage, Alex
Loutherback, Steven
Parker, Megan
Silva, Pedro
Vazquez, Fabiola


Final Review Minimum Project Content

April 29 > All Content
May 3 > Pin-up, Content Due

Seattle Imaging: spatial, cultural, climatic
Seattle Field Notes
Seattle Photo Series
Studio Site Work

Project Concept Statement
Project Research Information: laundromat, site, concept

Mass Model, 1/32"
Circulation+Program Model, 1/32"
Circulation+Program Model, 1/8"
Project Structure Model, 1/8"
Project Ugly Ducking Model, 1/8"
Envelope Studies, 1/8"
Project Model, 1/8"
Wall Section Model, 1/2"

Axonometric Diagrams: circulation, structure, operation
Axonometric Utilities: climate zones, passive strategies, mechanical strategies, plumbing strategies

Project plans + longitudinal section
Project sections + elevations
Project perspectives: laundromat, residence, circulation
Project Corner Axonometric

>>project diagrams and additional drawings as necessary

--Victoria McReynolds 00:45, 28 April 2015 (CDT)

Diagram + Section

Revise utility diagrams based upon discussion today. Incorporate interior and envelope adjustments in the 1/8" sections that accommodate the mechanical routes and aperture relationships realized in the diagrams.

Friday (4/17)
(3) utility diagrams: climate zones, passive systems, mechanical systems, plumbing systems
(3) 1/8" section-elevation drawing

--Victoria McReynolds 19:45, 15 April 2015 (CDT)

Utility Diagrams

Organize your project in four utility diagrams: climate, passive systems, mechanical, and plumbing. Identify separate climate zones according to spaces that require various climate needs. Consider the space size, program needs, and desired comfort. Identify passive strategies of thermal mass, operable apertures, and prevailing winds for example. Identify mechanical system with supply and return routes. Identify plumbing system of supply hot and cold pipes as well as waste, vent, and stack pipes. Construct the drawing with simple line, masks, single hues, multiply, and opacity variations.

Wednesday (4/15)
(1) utility diagram: climate zones
(1) utility diagram: passive systems
(1) utility diagram: mechanical supply + return
(1) utility diagram: plumbing supply + waste

--Victoria McReynolds 19:50, 13 April 2015 (CDT)

Envelope Study in 2D + 3D

Continue to build on the momentum from today's studio charette. These "ugly duckling" models are working models that define volume, circulation, and program. Use these as base models from which to test and refine envelope investigations. Work between physical modeling and digital drawing to study envelope strategies and patterns across the full project. Reference hybrid section / elevation drawings for the Smart Material House as format to combine line work, scale figures, and images.

Wednesday (4/8)
(1) 1/8" project model
(3) 1/8" envelope model studies
(5) 1/8" project section / elevation drawings

--Victoria McReynolds 23:29, 1 April 2015 (CDT)

Project Model

Resolve to the best of your ability mid-project uncertainties regarding program, circulation, site treatment. Adjust your frame of consideration from one of exploration to one of solution. Do not search for the perfect solution but one that does not detract from the successful conditions within your project. At this stage of the semester these schematic design solution need to be simple, smart, and supportive of the main goal.

Monday (3/30)
(1) 1/8" project model

--Victoria McReynolds 20:45, 28 March 2015 (CDT)

Project Development

This week is the remaining time to fineness program, circulation, and structural uncertainties. Use this to address concerns raised in the mid-project review with end results visualized in the 1/8" project model.

Friday (3/27)
(1) refined 1/8" project model

--Victoria McReynolds 12:38, 26 March 2015 (CDT)

Envelope + Development

Refine your project based upon mid-project review, in particular clarify the 1/8" model. Additionally refine the envelope hunting swatches to better visualize the plan drawing, image composition, and annotation. Include three new swatches selected from reference buildings utilizing the same swatch format.

Wednesday (3/25)
(6) found envelopes, portrait format
(3) referenced envelops, portrait format
(1) refined 1/8" project model

--Victoria McReynolds 17:39, 23 March 2015 (CDT)

Mid-Prj Recap

Studio meet time is shifted up to Thursday at 6:30pm. Arrive with your review summary and completed mid-project documentation posted to your wiki page.

--Victoria McReynolds 16:51, 11 March 2015 (CDT)

Defining the Core

Integrate a strategy of utility organization utilize the points of discussion today: edge, void, center. Refer to Wolfgang Popp Estradenhaus project for a strategy of core organized along the edge leaving an open and flexible living space. And Herzog and de Meuron Schutzenmattstrasse housing for an example of core integrating with void as a pattern across the unit. Consider the design potential for organizing the core as a center around which living space is to organize. In either scenario consider ways in which natural light may access the core and anticipate complimenting diffused natural light with designed electric light.

Accommodate appliances to be used in plan and section. Search out designer products as a means of making the everyday enjoyable, for example Duravit, Laufen, or Kholer well designed commercial bathrooms. For washer dryers look towards commercial products of LG and UniMac.

While this is a two dimensional exercise of section and plan it is intended you are always thinking of the consequences in three dimensions. Refer to Smout Allen Geofluidic Landscape drawings for line work clarity and spatial dialogue between the plan and section.

Write a project narrative that outlines three conditions: your position on site and seattle, the project concept, and how your concept is executed.

Wednesday (3/4)
(1) 1/16" section / plan, 36"x36"
Project Narrative, 8.5"x11"
(1) axonometric - resized, bond paper, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - circulation, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - structure, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - operation, 18"x36"

--Victoria McReynolds 21:52, 2 March 2015 (CST)

Diagram, Diagram, Diagram

Utilize the diagram as a means to revisit larger contextual relationships of the project and city. Create three diagrams (circulation, structure, and operations) through the exercise of lines as reviewed in studio. Convey the various conditions by control of line weight, type, and treatment. Define circulation specifics, structural force pattern, and project operations. Resize hand drawn axonometric by fifty percent and reprint centered on landscape format 18"x36" bond paper. Diagrams may be hand drawn on trace or digital printed, either method is to result in refined high quality craft.

Friday (2/27)
(1) 1/8" structure model
(1) axonometric - resized, bond paper, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - circulation, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - structure, 18"x36"
(1) axonometric diagram - operation, 18"x36"

--Victoria McReynolds 18:37, 25 February 2015 (CST)


Develop structure strategies that best realize concepts and spatial organization identified in your circulation models. Utilize the 1/32" scale model to define the structural gesture with the 1/8" scale there to work out members types, locations, and force distribution. The lift is as important as the anchor so be selective with how you carry the force down to the ground and at the locations force transfers from one member to another, whether this be a column to beam or space frame to space frame.

Revisions to the code booklet based on mark-ups and today's discussion are due Friday 27 February at 1:00pm.

Wednesday (2/25)
(1) 1/32" structure model
(1) 1/8" structure model
(1) axonometric - circulation + program model

--Victoria McReynolds 18:35, 23 February 2015 (CST)

Mass / Circulation / Program

Modeling is the method from which your diagrams are to be investigated three dimensionally. At the 1/32" scale develop a massing modeling that organizes form across the site, addressing edges and boundaries from which to respond, while introducing strategic voids that continue the city into the site further visualizing your diagram. Modeling circulation at 1/32" scale which connects the city to the waterfront while staging movement for your outlined program. Refine the 1/32" circulation model at 1/8" scale with specific attention to slope of movement, intersection relationships, and landing profiles as opportunities to shape movement across your site. In addition to circulation through the site and to the program, include circulation within the program space to define entrance and orientation. The 1/8" scale model is to demonstrate intention of circulation paths and transitions while defining program orientations and heights. Investigate sectional opportunities between floors with inclusion of void spaces to anticipate other building demands.

Wednesday (2/11)
(1) 1/32" mass model, wood
(1) 1/32" circulation+program model, chipboard, pianowire
(1) 1/8" circulation+program model, chipboard, pianowire
8.5"x11" reference prints of complimenting program to laundromat

--Victoria McReynolds 18:30, 9 February 2015 (CST)

Exercise 1

Extended to midnight tonight, Monday 2 February. Review submission requirements, such as printing, pin-up, and wiki post, necessary for full consideration.

--Victoria McReynolds 21:56, 2 February 2015 (CST)

Seattle Recap

Repeating what was outlined in Seattle, by the start of studio print and pin-up the following on your surface:

Monday (2/2)
(1) set contact sheet, 8.5x11
(1) field notes and maps

--Victoria McReynolds 12:36, 2 February 2015 (CST)

Seattle Group / Individual

Recall main points discussed in studio today of communication, intention, group mentality, detailed conditions, and future relevance in order to present content of value on this Friday. Presentation of progress work inevitably requires a degree of synthesis, obtained while assessing what has been accomplished and what remains to be accomplished. All work that is to be submitted 27 Jan. must be present in studio on Friday. Excessive time has been wasted in studio thus far and requiring that focused measurable steps are made towards the goal of establishing conclusions of the site characteristic. All content outlined in the project prompt is to be presented on Friday.

Additionally all context tryptics are to be refined, updated, and clearly composed of images and line work for Friday. Tryptic subjects are to demonstrate your individual interest in particular features of Seattle.

Anything less will be considered incomplete.

Friday (1/23)
(3) individually refined tryptics
All Maps demonstrating Seattle context as outlined in exercise prompt
All Drawings demonstrating Seattle context as outlined in exercise prompt
Entire Physical Model demonstrating Seattle context as outlined in prompt

--Victoria McReynolds 19:24, 21 January 2015 (CST)

Context / Concept

As an introduction to the City of Seattle and Elliott Bay investigate the three categories of spatial, cultural, and climatic conditions as they relate to the project site. Build three image series for each category that answers the question, "What are critical features to engage?" Utilize the tryptic as a format for describing variations on a single category, such as scale for space, time for culture, and type for climate. Implement technics of collage, diagram, section, and/or plan to assemble a clear image that conveys an understanding gathered through your research.

Refer to this studio Course Reference page for links to direct you to useful Seattle content and a starting place from which to build your observation.

Friday (1/17)
(1) 8"x24" spatial tryptic
(1) 8"x24" cultural tryptic
(1) 8"x24" climatic tryptic

--Victoria McReynolds 17:24, 14 January 2015 (CST)