Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
critic: Brian de LUNA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Margaret SHAY: My work on the topic “interior envelopes” set forth by our professor began with the study of the plan of Christopher Wren’s unbuilt version of Saint Paul’s cathedral. Through my studies, I extracted the pure geometries that were driving the plan and began calling out the new geometries that resulted due to overlapping, and also exploring those new geometries in three dimensions.
Using that same process, I explored the creation of spaces by multiplying, deforming, and overlapping geometries. I applied this method to spheres initially and then also to an irregular geometry, which resulted in more complex overlapping voids.
To create the design that was able to fulfill programmatic requirements, I continued multiplying by creating a series of the geometric conglomeration units and united them with a single roof that allowed for open air space between them. The scale of the geometric unit which relates to the program also drives the relationship with the roof, allowing for their vertical pushes and pulls to be revealed in the form the roof takes. Also, the program within each unit is only one factor that drives the division of the space. Each unit began with the same complex interior that was then tailored to the program in a subtractive manner at points of intersection, so that the division of spaces remained inherent to the original form.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MS: The geometries found within Christopher Wren’s work played a key role in the beginning part of this design process.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MS: Listening to Maroon 5, Michael Bublé, The Goo Goo Dolls, Neon Trees, and various soundtracks.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MS: . . .
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