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SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING & DESIGN Research Unit for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia Bachelor of Science

(Honours) (Architecture)
ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO 3 [ARC 2116] Prerequisite: Architecture Design Studio 2

__________________________________________________________________________________ Project 2b GENIUS LOCI: VISITOR INTERPRETIVE CENTRE (VIC) 7 weeks 60% of final mark (Interim 1 10%; Interim 2 10%; Final Submission 40%)

Introduction Project 1 introduced and explored the formal and poetic articulation of architecture in a site-less condition. In Project 2, the design brief calls for an architectural response to design AN INTERPRETIVE CENTRE emphasising a strong engagement and relationship to the site, spatial experiences and programmatic requirements. Learning Outcomes 1. 2. Generate design based on the unique character and conditions of the site context Generate design through conscious consideration of section-plan relationship with considerations of human scale, natural light, materials/texture Design a small scale community building which response to the site (site topography, history and socio-cultural events), functional program and users experiences


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Produce drawings (both 2D and 3D), modelling and verbal presentation to communicate and visualize architectural design and ideas.

The Design Brief The interpretive centre will serve two purposes: To provide a physical point of reference with visual significance that keeps alive the culture/history/memory/essence of the site To provide accommodation to house and display relevant material and interpretive material for public access and information. Solutions relying heavily on landscape are encouraged. Visitors should be inspired and informed in ways that somehow express the spirit of the place (genius loci).

Total floor area: 450sqm (including internal and external spaces), 2 storeys A guide for the space requirements are as follow: Reception 10% Display/Exhibition 40% Public gathering space 30% Book/Souvenir shop 10% Private/Utilities spaces 10% Office (2 pax) Toilets (4 toilet cubicles) Pantry Storage An appropriate use of natural lighting and ventilation should be considered. Strategies should be developed that reflect the climate, culture and context of the building. You are encouraged to contemplate the use of recycled or locally found materials. This component is integrated with Building Science 1.

Tasks and Exercises Task 1PRE-DESIGN/PROGRAMMING (ANALYSIS OF SITE AND BRIEF) Objective: Analyse the needs of the user, the site, and the objectives of the project (defining the problem) 1. RESPONSE TO SITE: Based on your selected site and the analysis presented in the site analysis, you should be able to identify the important elements of the site that will frame your design idea. Illustrate the significant aspects of the context that will inform your design decisions using diagrammatic studies. 2. UNDERSTANDING PROGRAMME AND FUNCTION OF VIC: Based on your understanding of the design brief and studies of precedents, produce a bubble diagram illustrating the hierarchy of the spaces and spatial relationships schedule of areas for your proposal. The bubble diagram should be responsive to the site conditions (Total built up floor area should not exceed 450sqm). Task 2 CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT Objective: Generate architectural concept or design approach that explore the genius loci

1. CHARACTER OF SITE/GENIUS LOCI: Based on your personal interpretation of the site together
with the pre-design analysis, generate an architectural concept/idea using models. You are

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to produce 3 study models to illustrate possible design ideas. These models should be at the scale of your site model, and to be inserted into the site model for discussion. 2. PRECEDENT STUDIES: Conduct precedent studies that will inform your design work. Task 3SCHEMATIC DESIGN Objective: Propose a design scheme which response to the site (site topography, history and sociocultural events), functional program and users experiences

1. Select and/or consolidate initial design ideas and develop it by producing a schematic plan
and section, and a study model 1:200. The schematic should respond to the physical site context and functional requirements. 2. Consider and develop the primary circulation of the visitor through your architecture (the route). Produce spatial model(s) at the scale of 1:200 to illustrate your ideas. (At this point, you should be able to develop your design work by integrating thermal comfort considerations for Building Science 1) Task 4KEY SECTION AND EXPERIENTIAL SPACES Objective: Generate design through conscious consideration of human scale, natural light, materials/texture (User experience).

1. Develop the schematic ideas. Consider the flow of experience: flow of space,
intermediate/transition spaces, the variation and hierarchy of spaces, inside/outside relationship, manipulation of light, texture & materiality and scale & proportion. Produce thumbnail sketches/models to illustrate your ideas. Develop your design through the sectional drawing of your architecture. Produce 1 key section 1:50. Produce interior perspectives to illustrate the experiential spaces of your architecture. Visitors should be inspired and informed in ways that somehow express the spirit of place.

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Interim Submissions Interim submissions are formative and summative assessments that guide and assess the process of design. Each student is to pin up and present their design process using butter paper. Process must be legible and all evidence supporting the design scheme must be included. There will be 2 interim submissions as follows: Interim 1 guides and assesses students on the pre-design up to the schematic design phase. Students must show how the pre-design has into a conceptual idea/design strategy and subsequently developing into a design scheme that works and how it is responsive to the context. Interim 2 guides and assesses students on their ability to design experiential spaces. Students must show how they developed their schematic design into an experiential piece of architecture and synthesize the considerations of users, contexts, function and experience.

Final Submission Each student is to submit 3-4 A1 sheets (portrait) conveying ideas underlying the design, its overall form & space, and its spatial qualities. It should include the following: A brief written explanation explaining the thinking behind the scheme Site Plan 1:500 Plan(s), Section(s), Elevation(s) which includes relevant site context 1:100 (or any other appropriate scale) One photomontage of the architecture within the site context

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One key 3D image of the interior space of the building to illustrate the poetry of your space A set of set response diagrams that illustrate your design strategy informed by the context A set of diagrams which clearly demonstrate the spatial typology explored, the circulation, the relationship between inside/outside, views and other points which are appropriate to your design project. Precedent studies that informed the design project Integration (graphical information) with Building Science 1 illustrating your design response to the climatic aspects of the site

Each student should also submit the following: A final model which includes relevant site context 1:100 (or any other appropriate scale) Evidence of design process and thoughts through a series of models vignettes Submit a CD which includes your (1) presentation panels, (2) JPEG images of architectural drawings/images Assessment criteria The end-product must meet the criteria of a tectonically and poetically expressive space. You will be graded based on the clarity and development of the following: Development of design concept or idea and its translation to architecture (inspiration of design): Conceptual development of design with considerations of the genius loci Site/Contextual response: Pragmatic and metaphysical response to the positioning of architecture within its context Programmatic response: Development of functional requirements and the relationships between spaces to facilitate the given programme Richness & Articulation of design work: Exploration and Development of Formal and Spatial Qualities Verbal and visual presentation: Well crafted visual presentation (models & presentation boards; clear communication of design ideas and development; precise and concise verbal presentation; professionalism) References World Trade Center Memorial Proposals

Timeline and Schedule

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TOPIC Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Briefing of Project 2b/Pre-Design (Analysis of site & brief) Conceptual development (Brainstorming ideas) Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Conceptual development (Precedent studies and Design Strategy/Ideas through models) Selecting one approach/strategy & Sketch design Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Present Sketch design: schematic plans and models Sketch design: Development of schematic plans and models Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Design development: Development of plansection integration Design development: Experiential space Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Design development: Experiential space Present developed design and preliminary presentation Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Development of final model and drawings Development of final model and drawings Project No. 2: Assignment 2b Portfolio requirement introduction Final design review Study Week Preparation of Portfolio Exam Week Portfolio submission


Week 8

28 May 30 May

Week 9

4 June 6 June

Week 10

11 June 13 June

Interim Review 10%

Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Wk 15 Wk 16

18 June 20 June 25 June 27 June 2 July 4 July 9 July 11July 16-20 July 23-27 July

Interim Review 10%

Sub Project 2 40%

(Date TBC)

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