Sunday, November 9, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Suburban Home: Barcalounger

Located in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois is the home to an average American family. The dwelling is tucked away in the trees and can be found within the residential zone of Chicago. Similar styled houses line the street creating a repetition of modern inspired style homes. This neighborhood speaks of the style that bloomed after World War II, the idea of providing housing to the solders returning from over seas. A strong sense of repetition occurred between the dwellings but as a result of the need to housing completed quickly. This building consists of the simplest of forms, an overall simplistic exterior appearance. Gable roofs were common while the fa├žade typically had a front door/entrance and a couple windows possibly containing some form of shutters. The interior floor plan/layout provided individual spaces to fit the different needs and functions ran within a home. Around this time, children were beginning to receive their own room. The kitchen was separated from the formal dining room that was separated from the den/living room, which on occasions was separated from a more formal living room. This idea of simplifying the layout of a dwelling works its way all the way back to Egyptian, Greek, and Roman styles. Their dwellings of these three styles, all had something in common, which was that the floor plan was simplified in general being formed around a central atrium or exterior garden. Although these suburban homes are not organized in this manner they have the essence of simplicity that its predecessors strove for. The Chicago suburban style homes also had local styles being applied to the world such as the art deco movement, which looked at how new sky scrapers were being constructed, and the emerging modernist style. Unfortunately these suburban homes were not given the time of the day to take on the newer popular styles. Instead these suburban homes were built in a hurry, were not constructed well, and had the same appearance as the other thirty or so houses on the same street. The only way to differentiate them was the exterior color and the minimal ornamentation if there was any at all. So even if the suburban homes that covered the country at one point were not the most well designed and were not unique they were and still are an important aspect to our country.

Source: ehistory

Similarity: The farm house had the similar idea of adding rooms to fit the function and need that was being desired, but in this situation the add-ons were done over a span of a hundred years. Suburban homes usually had rooms for each function and each person while also trying to keep it condensed.

Difference: The Museum of Modern Art and the building/home that the barcalounger is placed in are different not because one is a house and one a museum but because the idea of constructing them was completely different. The MOMA was constructed using new materials and the drive to create something innovative and new. The idea of constucting the Suburban style homes was to get something put up fast to house the many soldiers returning home. The design of the dwelling was of less important.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Barcalounger Within a Space

A family wakes up one day and the children are off to school and the husband off to work for a nine to five day. As he arrives back home he loosens his tie and approaches the reclining Barcalounger that he practically claims as his own. As he patiently waits for dinner he reclines slightly to a proper reading position where he proceeds to read the daily newspaper. Returning o the chair after dinner he reclines even more than before and this time will watch the evening news until time for retire to bed. Other objects surrounding this chair in the living room include a bulky, padded sofa, a side table, and a television.

The design of the chair was approached by looking forward to something new. Chairs before never had the option of motion, the option to change positions. The past styles did not provide inspiration for this design. The Barcalounger within the room itself was creating something new. This living room style, which was becoming typical of the normal American, was a style that we as Americans were creating ourselves. Inspiration from other previous styles did come in account but each time something new is being designed a little more of the present style is being incorporated also. The couch is a similar style, something that would not have been found in a formal setting. Other furniture pieces within the room have similar qualities to previous furniture styles that were existent when the colonies were first filling their homes with furniture. In conclusion, the Barcalounger chair was and is a part of a typical middle-class home and has become a symbol of the American culture.

The RCA 730TV1 Televion-Radio is similar to the Barcalounger chair because they are both treasures of America but in terms of their space they both are centered around the middle class meaning most would be found in suburban homes.

The Tete a Tete chair within in the space setting is different from the space of the Barcalounger. The Tete a Tete room is more ornamented and decorative almost appearing to be for the higher class while the Barcalounger room is average of most people, or a normal more simple room setting.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bus Shelter: Asymmetrical Balance

In the beginning I started by observing the site on A & T's campus and then began to jot down words that described it or any words that would eventually lead to a concept.

This is a model at 1/2" : 1' scale that shows the bus shelter within its surroundings.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Shelter Bus | Mobile Residency

Above is the final product but first we shall start from the beginning and walk you through my process.

The above five images are from my sketch book showing the different thoughts that were going through my head. Not only did I sketch and made notes on important issues and the nesseceties on which I though should be included in the shelter bus.

After sketching a little while it came time to determine my concept which would determine the design of the interior. I found this actually to be quiet difficult. I began creating lists for the main areas, in which I felt were nessecary, to see if any commonalities existed between them. Finally with a few key words such as seclusion, privacy, relaxation, I was able to decide on a concept.

[Out of Sight, Out of Mind] Concept Statement

What is [out of sight is therefore out of mind]. This Shelter bus does not just tend to the general needs like sleeping and eating but it does include these with in the space, just in a more integrated manner. These disaster relief volunteers will most likely be extremely exhausted and possibly emotional due to the conditions of the community in which they are working to help repair. The experience one will feel when they cross the thresh-hole into this worry-free habitat is that all of their concerns are to be left outside of the bus. They can enjoy their own company or chose to converse between each other. This temporary residency will succeed in this concept by the use of skylights to provide a majority of the lighting. Reasoning for skylights is that while on the bus one is unable to look out and see the destruction, damage, and problems that are occurring, only positive aspects. An element continuous throughout the design is the idea of curves creating forms and working to close and seclude a specific area. These volunteers deserve the right to a certain designated space where time is spent relaxing in a personal approach in which becomes their own residency within the broader shelter bus residency. So through this statement the shelter bus is arranged into four specific areas each with a different need in mind. They are as follows: sleeping, bathing/restroom, kitchen/dining, and living area/work gathering area. With these clear-cut necessities taken into consideration the bus almost instantly becomes divided among public verses private areas. As a side note each of the spaces are capable of being transformed into more of a private space.

I then created a simple but to the point floor plan in which became the underlay for a Private|Public diagram. In this diagram each of the four main sections are surrounded by a dashed line. Certain incidents occur where two rooms' borders overlap which means they share their general purpose. From this it became obvious that two distinct areas would create the buses environment. These two areas were a private area and a Public area. Although the kitchen/living area are considered public I decided that it would be nessecary to have the option of making each of these more of a private space if needed be.

From this point in time I began creating sectional views to better communicate my design for this shelter bus.

One of the most important features of this design is a wall that can be pulled out from the main shell walls that helps to close off or partially close off an area to make the space more private. What makes the wall so interesting is that it functions like a zipper. When it is being pushed into the wall every other board goes a certain direction and when it is being pulled out the boards pile together to create a solid surface. Two of these doors separate the living area from the kitchen and then one is at the other end of the kitchen closing off the kitchen from the private portion of the bus. The doors to the bathrooms function in a similar way except instead of separating they just slide in one direction. The beds also have a similar feature which closes each compartment up. In a curve-like manner the door comes from above and close the cubby. These movable walls and doors help bring forth the concept of this design because they serve the purpose of providing comfort to the four relief workers by giving them the option on have private they would like to feel.