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.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Our visit to the Freelon Group was not exactly what I expected to experience. Whenever I thought of architecture firms I always pictured the mundane layout of cubicles and maybe the occasional meeting table. However, to my surprise the office was filled with life and I was delighted to see that there day seemed to run like our studio; They may have the occasional meeting, people are working digitally and physically, and every level works together. I found this to be similar to Paula’s description of TVS design. They both said that Architects and Interior Designers work hand in hand and bring everything they have to offer to the table. Their projects seemed to be where they differed. At Freelon it seemed that it was more small scale and local, where as at TVS they worked internationally and designed small to large retail spaces. Getting a feel for different types of design firms really helps me, as I am about to apply for internships and it is good to know that every firm works differently and I have options. Also, hearing the advice they had to give for resumes was very helpful and gave another insight into how to enter the professional world.
The library visit was really intriguing because we got to hear from one of the architects on the project and one of the Librarians and it was interesting to hear the intent of the design and the users view of the design. In my opinion the library had a really great flow to it and I felt like I would be able to use the libraries system with no problem. The librarian loved the design too however after being in the space for a while there were some minor issues. Such as the information desk being opaque and blocking a clear view across the library. All in all, the visit was really inspiring because we got to see first hand a glimpse our potential professional lives.