ROOMS - Week 3 & 4

Par Melgar Luis, 16/03/20

Throughout the 2 last weeks, I thought a lot about the concept and the purpose my room would serve. I wasn't convinced by the last one I made during week 2, so I came back to something similar to the first week.

As I still wanted my project to explore the notion of movement, I decided to separate it into two spaces, each of them with their own purpose.

The first one would be a long and busy space, connecting other surrounding projects.

The second one, halfway through the first, is different : it's (physically) connected to the other, but with the opposite intention.

It's a larger and quieter space for people who want to meet, discuss, eat, or even be there alone.

The room I conceived offers rest, quietness and protection for those who seek it while passing by.  

Here's a sketch to clarify :

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To accentuate the two major themes which are threshold and movement, I made small changes to the ground plane :

- Threshold : I added a step between the two spaces, so the transition is better marked ;

- Movement : I created a ramp on the east side, so the slope of the ground incites to move

Here's an axonometric-like sketch :

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Concerning the materiality of the different planes, I made two decisions.

First, the planes directly related to the interior space (the room) would be in wood : wooden planks for the ground and the walls. This involves the oblique plan, the interior part of the ground plan and the eastern vertical plan I made this choice because the wood is warmer and has a better acoustic, so it matches better with an interior, comfortable and quiet space. 

Second, the plans related to the busy space had to be in plaster. This concerns the northern wall and the exterior part of the ground plan. I chose this material to differ from the wood and because it permitted me to have longer flat surfaces, accentuating the feeling of movement of the space because of its length and its narrowness.

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sketch about the materiality researches

Concerning the positioning of my project, I decided to put it in the middle (literally) of the whole protostructure, because it was in the essence of it : being a transit space, between other projects.

Here are some pictures I could take from my model (who was obviously incomplete) :

(The yellow and blue plans are in wood, and the red one in plaster panels)

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View from south, with missing planes 

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View from above with missing plans

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View from north, focusing on the northern wall

I'm sorry for the bad quality of the pictures and the unfinished model. I hope the main idea of my project is understandable though.