At the beginning of the semester, we were assigned an artist which all of the projects including the last one was a reflection of the artist’s theme.
My artist is Nespoon and her main focus is working with lace and crochet patterns to beautify the ugly areas of the city. One of the main projects that she works on is healing through knitting and that is the theme I focused on for my pavilion.
My pavilion’s idea derives from the sense that healing is a process and it progresses over time. Therefore, I wanted my pavilion to be a process and to develop over time, shape wise and purpose wise.
Can only be fully accomplished by having people literally practicing this craft
These two focuses together bring the following point regarding my program:
- Healing through knitting:
Having people to gather around and knit
Knitting itself is a therapeutic act which relaxes people from daily stresses, also bringing or joining people from different generations is a form of connecting.
- Having Architecture students connect with outside world and nature
Because of the amount of work architecture students have throughout the year, they stay all the time inside the studio which is a closed space. Therefore, they do not get as much fresh air, and they become disconnected with the outside world and nature.
Having all these points mentioned, now the pavilion is about:
I want it to start from the interior of the architecture building and slowly over the time, it will be dropped outside of the building.
First, I changed the window on the fourth floor of the architecture building. For this pavilion, it is better to have sliding glass doors and we can have a frame for the jig installed on the frame of the window in the architecture building. The students from inside the building can open the window and starts knitting as the pavilion gets knitted and it gets longer it can be dropped outward and get attached to the jig needles on the ground.
Then, at this point, people can participate in this project and can gather around and practice the act of knitting. The pavilion is like a small workshop. People do not have to have any knitting tools or ropes on them. Since the pavilion is better to be knitted by rope, the rope will be provided by the site and the jig is also provided by the site. There can be a rope on a spinning wheel attached to the wall on the outside of the building just beside the jigs on the ground which can provide the rope for people. Moreover, the pavilion is going to be growing as people knit and participate. As they do so the structure is going to get longer and less in tension.
At this point, there will be another point of tension introduced. I want a tension cable to lift the pavilion up from the middle. In this case, both ends of the pavilion are attached to the building and to the ground respectively and the lifted part creates a suspended cantilever space extended outward from the architecture building. Now, the pavilion is a workshop and a cantilever for architecture students to hang out, get fresh air while being close to their stuff in the studio.
Since the pavilion is a process and has a starting point, I want it to be temporarily and have an end point. After when the pavilion becomes a suspended cantilever, it is going to get longer and looser tension wise, and at this point it can be removed. The idea of it being temporary comes from the idea of healing that is a process and a scar undergoes a process of healing and then, healing ends when the scar gets better. The only thing remains from that process is its memory.
The green tree on the model indicates the time of the year this pavilion can be used (spring-summer). The pavilion can be knitted over one or two months because this specific pattern is so fast and easy and once tension is introduced to the pavilion, it becomes elongated and the loops become tighter. (please click on the pictures below to see the caption)
Final Drawings and Panels
Overall one thing that I will take home from studio 1 is to stay inspired. This is true for all the other programs, but before studio 1 I personally did not know what architecture is and how to narrow down and manage my imagination to fit into rules. Studio 1 helped me develop an understanding of architecture defined as creating space. I feel I have allowed my mind to imagine freely and have learned to be able to put those thoughts and imaginations down on paper and communicate with others about these thoughts.
Project one was a fantastic start for this semester. I liked how open it was which because of that it was challenging. The second project and the rest which were all based on the artist were an amazing way for us being really focused on what the artist does with their art. Although I do believe it was an essential thing to be able to connect with the artist. Mine who was NeSpoon, the last thing I would think was to find a connection between lace, architecture and healing. Although it became a rather rough road, but I enjoyed every moment of thinking about a connection and finally finding one was a very good feeling that reminded me why I decided to study architecture. I love the fact that there is room and time for us to be able to explore something completely unrelated to architecture and explore every single way to see if it has a potential of being connected to architecture. On the second half of the semester, it was hard for most of us to continue with our same artists with the same themes, but I can see the reason why behind it. I really got so far into thinking about the potentiality of lace to be used as a material or a concept in architecture. The best part of all was me sending a message to my assigned artist and she was able to introduce some architectural structure built based on the idea of lace.
Overall, I loved every challenge that we had throughout this semester and I loved thinking about a solution and even being stuck with a problem.
If I had more time on my final project, I would absolutely draw more drawings about every single connection of the pavilion to the building. I would also think more about a spinning wheel of rope to be provided for the site. I would also narrow down the proposed purposes of the pavilion. For now based on the amount of time that I had, I am very happy with the way I am proposing my pavilion and I would absolutely pursue this idea further if I had more time.
The comments of the crits were helpful in a way that helped me know some of the errors that need to be fixed or included, such as, the missing rope that needs to be provided by the site.
Overall, studio 1 helped me critic my own work and other people’s work. It also helped me develop a better understanding about architecture.