My PASSION is when there is an INTERACTION BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE, THE USER, and THE ENVIRONMENT.
Three architects with their prominent buildings strongly inspired 'The Fulcrum', my thesis project, for the University of Cincinnati Architectural Program.
I. I. M. Pei's National Art Gallery in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2. Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA
3. Le Corbusier's use of the concrete brise-soleil (sun screens) in many of his buildings such as the Mill Owners' Association Building, also known as Ahmedabad Textile Mill Owners' Association House (ATMA House) in Ahmedabad, India. Please find on the ATMA House on Wikipedia or elsewhere on the Internet.
Although many other architects and artists influenced my design of this project there is a strong connection with I. M. Pei's playfulness with the environment, the architecture, and the person as they walk thru the building. Note his playfulness with the Washington Monument and the capital building.
The roof top garden provides views of the Cincinnati area, the Ohio River, and the sculptures in Eden Park. Storm King Sculptural Park in New York State was on my mind when creating an outside space with sculptures.
The brise-soleil on the Fulcrum, as shown in the photos below, provide glimpses of the sculpture in the building from the plaza and out of building to sculptures on the plaza or in Eden park, but to varying degrees depending on where you are standing.
The pattern of the brise-soleil was strongly influenced by, the artist, Mondrian.
The vertical circulation, after much study, became circular similar to Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum, with a skylight at the top. It had begun as a linear ramp with rounded turnarounds at each end. This was meant to provide many views of the sculptures as one walked though the building. Eventually I realized, that a circular ramp would be more successful. Sculpturing the floor out for this 'circulation core' was again similar to I. M. Pei's playfulness of carving out concrete for a handrail, as though the building was interacting with the human.
I learned what my teachers had taught with this project. I was taught that a design would start to design itself. With enough thought I realized there were only two places for the vertical ductwork would work, just like the most successful vertical circulation would need to be circular,
Thank you College of DAAP for the wonderful background in architectural history and theory.
The view of the Washington Monument from inside the National Gallery
Reflection of the Capital Building in the East Wing Addition of the National Art Gallery.
The juxtaposition of the piers blocks views into the Fulcrum Museum (and the sculptures within) and views out into Eden park.
These same piers appear to open up to allow views into the Fulcrum Museum and out into Eden Park as the person walks around the building.
Roof-Top Sculpture Court and Park Overlook
Fifth Level Sculpture Court
Fourth and Third Level Sculptural Courts
Second and First Level Sculptural Courts
A square (formed by two rectangles, an arc, and triangle all penetrated by a cylinder allowing
the circular form on the second story equal views for the instructors offices to view the park across the street. The interior circulation views the courtyard enclosed by the building.
On the third level, where there are public conference rooms, the views from circulation are of both the park and the interior courtyard below.
A three story building housing a bank and office rental space.
Another bank with rental office space.
Using a linear circulation pattern that all the major rooms open up to, allowing each room to claim the circulation as part of the room, rather than having the circulation walk through the middle of that room.