Analyse and construction of the stairways, through the drawings.
Room's concept drawing : day & night = shadows
I try to understand how to build each part, through the drawings.
Insertion of the room in the proto-structure.
An analysis of the vision cones towards every other room area proved to be very difficult to interpret within a two dimensional drawing. We therefore made a simplified 3D model of the protostructure along with 60° vision cones pointing towards each group point. This helped us define common groups as well as exact positioning of certain apertures.
We decided to develop a specific form of observation/surveillance per general program of the other groups in our studio. For example, group 2, a garden - group 3, a bathing room - group 6, a cliff hanging refuge. These groups all share a common general program of repose. Not only that, but these three groups are aligned when viewed from a central position in the protostructure (cf the three aligned/connected "windows" in the below photo). These three aforementioned groups will be observed in a transparent manner. This means that the users of these rooms will be able to see the surveyor and vice-versa. The general program of repose is therefore hindered by the apparent observation.
The next group cluster is 1, physical and mental activity - 7, staircase/circulation - 9, transitional space. These three groups, as they all involve movement will be observed with a hybrid auditory and visual aperture to ensure that movement can be tracked by simple listening (therefore allowing the visual observation of a whole other area at the same time), and to still ensure that, if required, the surveyor is still able to visually confirm any possible movement.
Groups 8 and 10 (observing the view of the lake and multiple function room respectively) will be subject to one way observation but for different reasons. In the first case, room 8 is subject to counter-observation as the general program is far too similar. In the second case, the one way observation is to ensure that what can happen in this room (as the general program of said room is that anything can happen) will happen.
Finally, the last group (number 5). This room is designed to be a space for a writer. The subversive nature of such a program defines it as a point of interest. Control over such an area by observational means renders the users unable to resist the panopticon system. As per Foucault's definition such a system causes the users to control themselves under the suspicion of constant surveillance - even if such surveillance is unavailable due to lack of surveyor or by simple lack of visual connection with the area. The sheer harshness of the panopticon used as a tool to break into the already rigidly defined balloon frame that is the protostructure.
A similar study as the above was executed directly on the protostructure model in an attempt to test the visual obstruction of certain elements of the balloon frame in the eventuality of cutting into the protostructure and replacing the structural bars with another form. A temporary anchor was added to the model, taking into account average eye height to ensure a higher accuracy.
Test cuts were made on a protostructure fragment model.
Finally, different apertures were defined based on the above microprograms. This time, the exact form is not defined as it varies depending on location. Instead, each aperture has to fulfill certain criteria (one-way, two-way, large opening, small opening, etc) per location. This way, the design of each element can be relatively lax allowing for easier interconnection and coverage.
After a week of brain storming the idea of combining a climbing wall and a traditional japanese Tea House came out while we were looking for a activities beneficial for students (as the Rooms and the protostructure will be located on a campus).
Physical activities and brain storming, both are keys activities to our program, and the first step was to study their use throught drawings.
Notre choix s'est porté vers la création d'un jardin interieur, bulle hétérotopique dans le microcosme de la protostructure. Le but est de de créer une condition spatiale à faire pousser des plantes grimpantes qui recouvrirons peu à peu la protostructure, à l'image de la nature qui reprend ses droits sur l'homme.
Etude de la grille
Etude des modules
Sketch models: utilisation des modules pour la fabrication du jardin
First test of the full room model, each window is designed independently following rules we established from the studies of the protostructure. Preliminary assembly using a secondary frame to hold up the apertures.
The notion of the site becomes an instrument of the gaze, a reinvention of the visionary and voyeuristic processes to exceed the individual in observation.
A normalisation of the aperture facade parts was done based on a proportion study of the protostructure. We then attempted to combine the individual facade parts together to acheive a form that corresponds to the requirements of being able to see every single other project position in this very protostructure.