Public Figures: Configuring a Room

In this Core 2 Design Studio exercise, students analyze and objectify the reading room or public space of a precedent library through axonometric drawing. Subsequent conceptual models physicalize the explored ideas with possible strategies for further operations, which then inspire transformations of the original library. A sample of the student projects is shown here and the studio is led by William O'Brien Jr, Rafi Segal, and Ryan Murphy.

Sean Phillips - Laurentian Library

As the reading room’s aisle in Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library passes through the threshold into the vestibule, it transforms from patterned surface to an oversized stair. This project explores the transition from surface to object as a circulation and programmatic organization tool. As the folded surface draws the visitor up into the reading room it transitions from object to surface and back again, housing program within the folds of the circulation itself.

Ching Ying Ngan - Picture Book Library

The dual nature of solid/ void, interior/ exterior and parts/ whole is explored in the transformations between lines, surfaces and volumes.

Hugh Magee - Stockholm Public Library

Maya Shopova - Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Alaa Quirashi - Rolex Learning Center

I was investigating the threshold of the interior and exterior by studying where the building touched the ground, and what figure emerged from that and the courtyards. I then took that investigation and projected a series of view sheds from the courtyards, creating a surface to act as a reading room, but inverting the tools of SANAA’s courtyards, and creating a non-parallel condition of the floor and ceiling.

Tyler Swingle - Open Air Library

Zain Karsan - Boston Public Library

The project analyzes the Boston Public Library immediately identifying the bipartite conception of the reading room, itself conceived of two forms of space, sectionally oriented spaces of movement and planometric spaces of stasis. The profile of each type of space is abstracted and augmented to create a transformed set of spaces. The investigation then proceeds to intersect these profiles constructing new types of architectural conditions within while simultaneously creating new faces of coplanarity and synthesis without.

 Robert Panossian - Laurentian Library

Exploring the transformation of a precedent through the manipulation of rhythm and repetition. Two-dimensional mutations are recorded onto an object (in this case, a printing block/drum -- an instrument for producing drawings) to survey variations in the dialogue between drawing and object.