Saturday, December 19, 2009

More research

As our group was searching for a form that we could all agree on, we did more research on buildings where the spaces of program would follow an overall form. We primarily looked for buildings that had effective light wells.

The Ewha Women's University Campus Center designed by Dominique Perrault contains exhibition spaces, a gymnasium, auditorium, restaurants, and study rooms. The strategy of using ramps to carve a 'valley' through the site creates a large light well, and it enables handicap accessibility to all spaces. The light wells reach down to the lowest inhabitable levels.

This is the new Thayer Building located on the U of M campus at E Washington St & S Thayer St. Though this building is not surrounded by large skyscrapers like our site in Chicago, I thought this was a good example of a light well that could bring plenty of natural light down four floors in such a narrow space.

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