Project 5 : Conference center

ARC605 | Spring 2008

In the previous project, students explored the potential of their original perceptual constructions to be developed into a three-dimensional, habitable space. Although the program was for an actual building, a pavilion, the programmatic requirements were rather limited. While the design of the space for viewing could be easily interpolated from the previous projects, other programmatic elements, such as restrooms and kitchenettes, required students to further develop your perceptual construction to accommodate these program elements or to devise spatial planning strategies which would minimize the impact of these elements upon the viewers experience.

A conference center was chosen since it involves a complex set of program requirements. The complexity of the design is based on the varied sizes of the program elements in both plan and section. Students were informed that the success of the design of their conference center would be judged on how well they were able to interpolate the ideas generated from the previous projects into the design of a complex building. Based on this, students were to view the detailed program requirements in the brief as only a general outline and were allowed to expand on these programmatic requirements when it made sense in the context of their individual designs.