Another Design Experiment . February 5, 2016
THE KANSAS PROJECT: DESIGN CHARRETTE WEEK 3
This week we continued to evolve the charrette by focussing on three particular characteristics of the design; the first was the building’s verticality, the second was the flexibility of spaces, and the third was indoor-outdoor relationships.
The footprint of the design has changed slightly, but the exposures and directionality has remained, with an emphasis on views to the southwest and east. The pavilion level from previous iterations has morphed into an open-air flex space that is integrated at each level and connected vertically.
There are now two bedroom units that are stacked at the lower two levels.
The building’s primary circulation occurs within a spine, utilizing open-air stairways to connect each space. There are now two shelters, one that is in-ground and one that is above-ground; these are stacked adjacent to the bedroom units, and form the foundation of the new tower element. The tower was incorporated following an exploration of the design’s verticality. It provides an ideal viewing space to experience approaching weather systems.
As was discussed in our earlier post, Site Analysis For The Kansas Project, the primary modal path direction of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms is from the southwest. This makes the southwest exposure particularly significant, and in this itteration that view is framed at the highest level atop the stairway.
Light and adjustable slatted walls, and heavier ¾ clearstory walls begin to explore the indoor-outdoor relationships of various spaces. This contrast of materiality is featured throughout the design.