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Architecture and Memory:
Monuments & Mutability

Proj 3: A Study Complex

Duration: Six Weeks

Several years have passed.

Your initial project has been a great success! Meanwhile, the Foundation has refined their goals and methods, and fund-raising efforts have finally raised enough to fund additional construction. It is time to consider additional construction.

Two significant changes have occurred. One: The success of the Discovery Park study center has been significant. The Foundation wants to expand the facility to include on-site housing (individual dormitory style sleeping arrangements, community kitchen, community social spaces), a larger performance-lecture space for public contact, a public gallery for artwork, and a public bookstore in addition to the expanded library facilities.

Assignment:
Design an addition to your "Contemplation Space" building using the new program. Cost is an issue. Budget does not permit removal of the current building--it will need to be incorporated into the new program in some fashion. Materials, siting, and form remain important and should support the message the building is designed to convey.

Client Input:
The Foundation's building committee is spread around the world, but has proposed to use a www bulletin board to reply to questions posed by the architectural team, and would like to monitor progress through web-based informal 'presentations' as the project develops. It is felt that this will help generate more timely feedback as well as preserving travel budgets.

Questions to think about:
  • What is the relationship between the "existing" (Contemplation Space) and proposed building(s)?
  • What relationships exist between the scholars and artists and the general public that might use the same building? How is privacy provided without dominating the design?
  • How can you combine programmatic functions so as to minimize the amount of building (and cost) needed, without compromising any of the individual functions?
  • How will circulation work on the site? In the building(s)?
  • How can the building be formed so as to easily permit the program to expand even further?