My intervention is located in the southwest area of the architecture building by the wood and welding shop. It consist on extending the existing structural concrete reinforcing bar from the building in specifics areas of the building and of to certain lengths, then a piece of translucent synthetic coated fabric will wrap the areas where the concrete re-bar had been extended, creating new spaces between the fabric and building. Its form is intended to direct pedestrian circulation and also highlight the entrances of the Architecture Building and Mackency Building to people that arrive to Carleton University. Also as a result of these materials, the pavilion allows for the creation of a lounging area. My pavilion relies on the concept of blurring the public and private layers of society. According to Hannah Arendt, rarely a space is either public or private, but instead a multi-layered and often disputed physically or politically, therefore I decided to create this space dedicated to privacy in the middle of this public area and intersection. This private space for lounging is intended to give their inhabitants a sense of privacy, protection, mystery, intimacy and due to it’s materials a feeling of home, softness and happiness. On the other hand, pedestrians circulating in these areas will get an experience of protection, mystery and also happiness due to it’s materiality too. Overall give a touch of intimacy and privacy by the physical qualities of the pavilion.
Inhabitants will enter and leave this private space by going up and down a set of stairs located in the North side of the building, and then they will go into a platform that extends to the next three bays of the building. Once they are in this platform they will go onto the fabric itself and be able to lounge of it. The fabric is translucent partially due to the poor lighting conditions of the sight so the inhabitant will also be able to partially see what is going on in the outside. In contrast “outsiters” will be able to see the silhouettes of their bodies tensing the fabric above them.
Structurally, the fabric will have a protecting patching in the areas it is going to be joined with the reinforcement bars. The reinforcing bars will be reinforced with concrete–steel connections, and the bigger set of reinfrocement-bars near Mackency building will be hold in place by tension rods at each site of them. Also only in the laughing area there will be a double layered fabric in order to allow people to lounge and it and also allow the from of the intervetion.
Overall, my pavilion is inspired by the way Magda Sayeg takes her choice of materials out onto the public space in order to re-define the space and bring happiness and a sense of warmth to people. Consequently, by the conditions of the location: the messy circulation, lost entrances and poor lighting. As a product of this my pavillion blurs the physical boundaries of private and public space by creating a private space in the middle of a public area, directs pedestrian traffic and underlines entrances.
This term I learned many things by the process of making. I first learned about how architecture projects are and need to be conceptually meaningful in order to rich. Then I learned about the importance of context in an architectural project, the importance of the conditions of the site and how they affect the project. After, I learned about all they ways we can take a project forward, different mediums and techniques we can use to make each project rich and unique. Finally in the last days of the term I understood how to delicately connect all this aspects. At the beginning I was not focusing enough on the experience of the inhabitant, which was affecting the overall purpose and functioning of my design. I also understood about the importance of keeping the project in motion, always redefining even in the last steps and the importance of the stages they project has been though. Each stage defines and adds more value to the project weather is beneficial to the final stage or not it is always important. In my final model I learned more about the importance of material, how experimenting is important but how at the same time it drastically affects the effect and interpretation of the project. At the final presentation of the project, in my finally review I learned more the importance of language and being able to express correctly ideas in any situation. Finally how it is always about being consistent with the project, taking and leaving ideas and opinions that benefit or don’t benefit the overall aspects of the project. This is what my work this semester reflects, a series of lessons about the different designing stages of a project. In every stage of the term there is a level of understanding of each one of these lessons.