MID REVIEW— ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY

The shape of each floor plate slightly changes on each level in order to give a twisting illusion, or one of motion. This causes the building to stand out as a landmark, or gives it an amount of significance within the rectilinear/orthogonal site.

The central stairs were inspired by the random/haphazard nature of pedestrian traffic. It was a way to bring in the chaos from the site without having a negative impact on the library’s program.

The organization for my project is pretty simple and strait forward, the service and book stacks were placedin the north and west sides of the site, leaving the street sides, which are rich in sunlight and views to be free for study/reading/dwelling areas

The organization section of the exploded isometric at the top of this sheet shows the pattern used to design the stairs. This pattern is that after ascending to a level from a stair case, one would move clockwise to the next corner, in order to continue ascending, the angle at which the stair is oriented depended on the availability since each level is at a different height.

The exploded Isometric also explains the structural components as well as the skin and void which were determined by the floor plans. The ‘skeleton’ was added on to aid the structural aspects as well as emphasize the building’s skin, and the changes in the angles of the planes that occur.

I took the decision of shifting the height of each floor plate based on my research on how different spaces impact people’s productive capabilities in different ways, this resulted in a building where the levels compress as one ascends through, creating more creative spaces on the bottom, and more focused and compressed spaces on the top, this compression is finally released when one reaches the top, roof level which essentially is the ultimate creative space.