Warning…architectural speak coming. Last Friday we took our first year students out of studio to draw conditions where there was overlapping spatial conditions and complex background/foreground interactions. Each of the five studios went to a different building on campus. We were assigned the Gates/Hillman Center; more specifically the center helix. I haven’t made up my mind about it so I’ll delay any opinion about the building except to say I definitely like the idea of it and I like parts of it. I’ll commit to that.
No, I don’t have their drawings to share, but I took a few (poorly done) photos of spaces with my phone to share. I started my own drawing so I could experience the same assignment, but I haven’t finished it since I spent my time interacting with my students.
Space is important to architects. We talk about it in simple ways. We talk about it in complex ways. The funny thing is we really don’t create it, we just define it, envelope it and surround it. So one of the best things about architecture is the very thing we don’t even create. Yet, how we interact with it, understand it, perceive it and move through it is extremely important. Enjoy the photos, and if you make it to campus, give me a call and I’ll show you this space.