Saturday, August 14, 2010

Esquisse 1/Charette 1

Esquisse 1

Attached are all the schmatic plans and one rough section as it stood prior for yesterdays esquisse. - These drawings now have copius notes and corrections all over them as a result of the consulations with John Carrick for the structure, as well as general in class feedback - can also as a result of the work done in the Charette exercise. Below is a list of issues as written at the beginning of yesterday's class of things that need to be worked on, improved, or in some cases thought about!

Plenty of work to be getting on with!!!


Today I had a chat with John Carrick as I knew that with that 'heroic' cantilever (above),  I would have to get the structure sorted out before I could really work on the elevations - I didnt want to get too attached to something and then have to change because of structure that I could have worked out earlier!

I was pretty sure that the cantilever would most likely be a wall truss system - but there were going to be issues with the backspan running through the middle of the two other levels, affecting doors etc. - in case that was not solvable I also considered that a concrete support beam could run along underneath like the keel of a boat. (below)

After speaking to John, the truss system is the best, and can be supporting truss doesn't have to be a continuation of the same truss, but can be incorporated into the Marine Living floor. Phew - even better this supporting truss can be a vierendeel truss (square without the cross bracing member) - or can even be a whopping blade wall (600mm x 3m) - which certainly give me more flexibility than I was previously expecting!

John also showed how the keel option could work if I chose to go in that direction, as well as giving me some intial ideas about the structure that will be required for the footbridge, for later consideration.

 - so now I have at least an initial structural strategy! -

Charette 1

This week we did our first Charette exercise - which entailed drawing vignettes of 'entry,' 'transition,' and 'activity.' Above were some of the more successful explorations. Most helpful were the conisderations of the entry points and how they draw people in.Also useful was the identification of more consideration of the internal spaces - which was on the list of issues, but it has now gone further up the list in temrs of needing to be dealt with! - Also of value was the pinpointing of certain views and paths of motion through the buildingand providing points of focus.

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