Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Market Proposal: Terraces

By using the natural slope of the landscape to form sloping terraces that carve through the site, we were able to create natural seating. The continuity of the terraces throughout the site emphasizes the connection between the green space and the market. The slope of the terraces inform the slope and levels of the roof.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Market Proposal: Folds

what are the best parts of life?
those that make sense.
what are the best rules in society?
those that make sense.
what are the best architectural designs?
those that make sense.

do we know completely why they make sense?

does it matter?

lose the reasons, keep the feeling.

the building folds,
like the mountains,
like the landscape.

it rises from the earth to shelter like a tree, and like a tree, it maintains structure while being unique.

it adds character, without ruining its surroundings.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Market Proposal: Layers

The project idea revolves around the idea of layers. By creating levels in the landscape, the market space, and pavilion, the entire space works as one cohesive area. Seating can be found in the same fashion as the screened walls. The levels are connected by ramps as well as steps. This allows for handicap access as well as another flow option for pedestrians.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Market Proposal Projects

While most of the posts so far have been about the deconstruction of the Tire Warehouse and what's been going on in and around Clifton Forge and Covington, design/build lab has been working continuously throughout the semester on ideas and designs for the market structure itself. None of these designs have been deemed "the one," but we've been using different aspects and ideas from the many different projects to incite important conversations about features of the market.

The next few posts will display some of the projects that we've been working on for Covington. Pictures of models and drawings will be accompanied by a couple of sentences with the basic concept behind the design.

The idea for the project is to create a gathering place in downtown Covington. A rectilinear form defines the sheltered area and creates an open space that can accommodate a variety of activities. The use of rustic materials in both the pavilion and park designs relates to the community’s historical context and will create visual continuity throughout the site.