rooms + cities: air rights, sixteen rooms

Download Rooms + Cities: Air Rights, Sixteen Rooms

Post on 06-Apr-2016

216 views

Category:

Documents

2 download

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

Analysis of fifteen significant rooms and documentation of the production of a sixteenth room within the limits of a 2.5m by 46m atrium space.

TRANSCRIPT

  • Rooms + Cities

    Sixteen Rooms

  • Sixteen Rooms

    University of Dundee, School of Environment

  • Fifteen Rooms, a study

    beyond my reflection

    through the skylight

    at the partition

    ascending the city

    the clock, the fireplace, the picture frames

    ornament defines the interior

    layers of artefacts

    urban connecting device

    multiple perspectives of a room

    a container of memories

    information and order

    space dissolved by time

    layers of enclosure

    in the darkness I am projected outwards

    home, away from home

    Four Comparative Diagrams

    Air Rights, a project

    object, surface, frame

    1

    2

    6

    10

    14

    18

    22

    26

    30

    34

    38

    42

    46

    50

    54

    68

    63

    73

    78

  • 1Fifteen Rooms:described through text, plans, diagrams and images

  • 32

    The small, rectangular, domestic room has one door and one bay window.

    There are musical instruments mounted on the walls. The room contains a

    sofa, which is pushed hard up against the North wall. The door opens into the

    room, the window looks out over the estuary.

    Tenement Room

    0 1 3m

    I

  • 54

  • 76

    A room described in a novel. A typical garden shed containing all of the

    appliances necessary for everyday life. A single locked door opens into the

    room. A skylight provides the only view out. The room is lined with corked

    tiles. It is a room constructed in the imaginary.

    Fictional Room

    0 1 3m

    II

  • 98

  • 1110

    An almost square room with two shuttered windows that open onto a piazza

    to the East. The room is enclosed by white lacquered timber frame and infill

    panel walls, linoleum covered floor and plastered cloth ceiling. There are four

    doors, three open into the room and one out. The room contains a double

    mattress with white sheets, there are two chairs. One chair faces a desk made

    from timber sheet and two trestles, the other a small table and frayed oriental

    rug. A laptop computer sits on the small table. There is a radiator on the North

    wall, the pipes are exposed. A pendant light with a spherical paper and wire

    shade hangs to waist height from the ceiling, just off centre.

    Apartment Room

    0 1 3m

    III

  • 1312

  • 1514

    A tower, circular in plan, enclosed by thick stone walls punctured with small

    windows. The tall and narrow space enclosed within is occupied by a helical

    staircase, allowing access to an observatory platform and views over the city.

    Water Tower

    0 1 3m

    IV

  • 1716

  • 1918

    The rectangular living room is enclosed by plastered walls and ceiling, the floor

    is covered by a fitted carpet. Two windows open to the outside and two internal

    doors open into the room. A wood burning stove stands in a fireplace in the

    centre of the East wall. The room contains many personal objects and images.

    Living Room

    0 1 3m

    V

  • 2120

  • 2322

    A room of ornate cornice and ceiling detail, the plan form of the parlour

    consists of a geometric circle placed in addition to a square. Four doors open

    into the timber panelled square room, there is a fireplace set at the centre of

    the South wall. From the circular addition there is a view to the garden through

    seven timber framed windows. Eight supporting columns stand externally to

    the bay window.

    Parlour

    0 1 5m

    VI

  • 2524

  • 2726

    A room with ambiguous boundaries, formed by a series of layered rectilinear

    enclosing walls. A domestic space preserved and curated for public viewing, it

    is adorned with the artefacts collected by its former inhabitant.

    Museum Room

    0 1 5m

    VII

  • 2928

    9

  • 3130

    A long narrow foot tunnel is enclosed by two white tiled walls, the floor and

    ceiling are both cast in concrete. Fourteen fluorescent lamps distributed evenly

    along the two walls provide light. A mosaic decorates one of the walls. Puddles

    of water have formed on the uneven floor.

    Foot Tunnel

    0 1 10m

    VIII

  • 3332

  • 3534

    The room contains a bar and old mismatching furniture arranged in

    scattered fashion. Two large windows in the South wall open onto the street,

    framing the performances that take place within. People are buying drinks

    at the bar, or sitting at the tables talking and drinking. A woman plays the

    guitar.

    Bar Room

    0 1 5m

    IX

  • 3736

  • 3938

    The attic contains timber trusses framing a triangular space three meters high

    at its apex. The enclosing surfaces of the room which are formed by timber

    sheets. The room, which is used for storage, contains many personal objects. A

    single pendant lights the room and there are no windows, there are no visual

    connections to the outside and no natural light enters the space. The sound of

    the weather, as it acts upon the timber skin of the room, creates a heightened

    awareness of the outside.

    Attic

    0 1 5m

    X

  • 4140

  • 4342

    The room is a rotunda form, enclosed by a dome with a central oculus as the

    solitary source of natural light. There are eight entrances at regular intervals;

    four on the ground and four which open onto a continuous balcony above.

    Entablatures and recesses create a series of datum lines. Shelving holding

    volumes of public records line the wall.

    Archive

    0 1 10m

    XI

  • 4544

    PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

    PRO

    DU

    CED

    BY

    AN

    AU

    TOD

    ESK

    ED

    UC

    ATI

    ON

    AL

    PRO

    DU

    CT

    PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

    PRO

    DU

    CED

    BY A

    N A

    UTO

    DESK

    EDU

    CA

    TION

    AL PR

    OD

    UC

    T

    Programme

    Axonometric of General Register House showing the public programme arranged as a sequence of archive rooms through the centre of the building

  • 4746

    An open skeletal concrete frame comprises floor slab, columns and ceiling. The room is created by the two solid surfaces, the clearly defined rectangular platform below and canopy created by the floor above. Although unoccupied and open to the elements, a sense of a room, formerly enclosed, remains.

    Common Room

    0 1 10m

    XII

  • 4948

  • 5150

    A raised Glass platform, rectangular in plan. Within a brick clad courtyard, below a glazed ceiling, sits a room within a room.

    Egyptian Room

    0 1 10m

    XIII

  • 5352

  • 5554

    The interior of a coastal cave. A single surface of limestone rock forms the walls

    and ceiling of the room, sand and water form the floor. The space enclosed is

    more than 80 meters in length and 6 meters across at its widest point. Light

    enters from the two entrances at either end.

    Grand Cave

    0 10 50m

    XIV

  • 5756

  • 5958

    A vast rectangular foyer, defined by the concrete megastructure above, is

    transformed into a public room by the act of social gathering on Sundays. The

    space is structured by 24 massive columns and two escalators that carry people

    up and down from the building above. Glass curtain walls reaching down to a

    point four meters above floor level define the boundaries of the space.

    Undercroft

    0 5 25m

    XV

  • 6160

  • 6362

    Fifteen Rooms:four comparative diagrams

  • 6564

    production of labour

    production of knowledge

    fig. 1, sizeFifteen rooms set in relation to the average size of a room in a new British home

  • 6766

    I

    VI

    XI

    II

    VII

    XII

    III

    VIII

    XIII

    IX

    XIV

    V

    X

    XV

    IV

    fig. 2, contextFifteen rooms (r) set in relation to their containing building (i) and reciprocal public space (x)

    i

    x

    r

  • 6968

    fig. 3, formFifteen rooms represented through plan form, section form, and isometric

  • 7170

    fig. 4, surfaceFifteen rooms compared according to the porosity of their unfolded interior surfaces

    0% 40%

  • 7372

    Air Rights:a project

  • 7574

    The site for the project, Air Rights, is an

    open-to-below space, a 2.5m by 46m atrium,

    directly adjacent to our studios, which

    overpasses a busy communal thoroughfare

    and exhibition hall. This interior is defined

    by both tangible and intangible boundaries.

    A board marked cast-in-situ concrete

    balustrade encloses its horizontal plane, its

    upper and lower edges defining the more

    ambiguous vertical limits.

    We describe this physically unoccupiable

    space as the buildings most significant.

    Sight, sound and light unify the floors

    into one large room, while physical

    connections remain divided. The balconies

    and balustrades provide both platform and

    shelter, allowing one to see and be seen; this

    is shared space that mediates between public

    and private experiences. This tension of this

    duality imposes a constant conflict on its

    spatial conditions. Tangibly, we inhabit this

    space only from ab