Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
In reviewing Jamaan Simmons's Music Library Space it seems that he has taken a very holistic approach to his design. Every aspect of his project has not only the parameters of the project in mind but also the users of the space. His use of curvilinear forms help divide the space into various social boundaries. Some areas are for personal use, some for group work, and others for listening areas. The design of these spaces would allow for the library to function with a clear path of circulation, areas that meet the needs of all users, and material and finish choices that bring life to the music library. The lighting system that Jamaan has proposed gives hierarchy to ceiling instead of blending it into the surroundings. His introduction of learning commons will also provide students with the necessary equipment and furnishings to “collaborate through social interactions with other students.” Which is what Jamaan’s space is all about using not only furnishings but the systems, services, skin, and structure to create psychological and physical boundaries to create these social commons. The materials he chose help define these spaces. Also the storage units that were chosen help focus the circulation through the space. Some suggestions that I would give to jamaan would be to make a description of his design because for someone who is not an IARC major they might understand the space at first glance. Another suggestion would be to add some entourage into the perspectives because it will help highlight certain areas and give the renderings more life.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
My second iteration of the music Library takes my conceptual design and merges it with a more classic library vibe. I have introduced the physical back into the space by lining the walls with stacks. This opened the space up and allowed for more seating and I was able to keep the kiosk style stations throughout the library. The stations include a uploading kiosk, a seating kiosk, and a listening station. The Library would now offer both a more group oriented area and a quiet area. With my design the Music Library would be gaining over 1500 linear feet of storage.
Monday, February 20, 2012
So for the next step in the Music Library project I have to scale back my conceptual design and bring forth a more practical space. This space will allow the faculty and users to understand and navigate the library freely and without hesitation. At first I had terminated all of the physical and turned the library into a center for technology where you could download your material onto some sort of computer or tablet. However, this was too bold of a leap for the library and I was asked to reintroduce the LP’s, books, and listening devices. I still find it necessary as does my group members to eliminate some of the redundant objects in the library (such as the CDs and some books that are either available via eBook or are not used but once in a blue moon.) Also the downstairs rooms that the library would like to incorporate we feel that they inhibit the flow of the library and cause too much traffic for a fire escape. In all, I have determined that I need to design the library so it is focused around service and ease of access and also eliminating the clutter and creating a flowing circulation.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I always enjoy Corry’s projects because he works so intrinsically with them that his personality always makes an appearance in his work and his interpretation of the music library is no different.
His idea behind Silent Music is that you experience music in new ways such as touch and sight. Through his technical drawings and handsome renderings it is clear to see that there is an inherent rhythm to the space without adding complicated systems or fanciful decorations. Simple yet beautiful is how I would describe Corry’s rendition of the music library.
I feel Corry was successful in both of his prospective material choices, they added life and warmth to a once dull and uninspiring box. He most definitely addressed the cluttered and claustrophobic organization of the library by opening the space, which allowed for a clear circulation. This aids to the user friendliness of the library. I feel that if I walked into the space I would innately know where to go.
One area where I feel could use improvement would be the conceptual aspect of the design. Although it is a very well thought out and cohesive design it feels safe and I think he could have gone above and beyond with a concept like Silent Music.