• For my first studio project, I had the task of redesigning an abandoned mezzanine floor in one of our campus buildings into a research facility for a hypothetical research project of our choice. My research was centered around the idea one's oral bacteria was linked to one's culture because of the type of food you would be exposed to. In developing my ideas the logic I based my design on was "Mutualism", describing the symbiotic relationship between the bacteria in our body and us, where one organism cannot live without the other.
  • Concept model
  • One point perspective of entrance
  • In my final design I was able to iterate my concept as the interaction between two functions: public and private. The organic curved wall integrated into the rigid architecture created a boundary between private research and analysis and public interviewing and gathering of samples from participants. All function was embedded into the walls where, for example, a table coming out of one side of a wall would result in a depression on the other side of the wall. Movement throughout the space was encouraged by varying lighting, height¬†of tables and size of each 'room', emphasizing the need for all functions and spaces to work together for successful research.
     
  • 1/4" scale drawings and model
  • Researcher at work