A few months ago, I filled you in on the first half of my spring semester studio assignment, where we worked with letter form to create intersecting objects. As I prepare to go back to school in less than a week, I figured I should finish up my summer vacation by writing about the second half of that assignment, when we made our objects into buildings (arguably).
The letters I chose to form my building, which was intended for the SMART museum quad at the University of Chicago, were P, B, and D. I chose them because I liked their similarity, how the curves made up a sort of family of shapes that could huddle together, in a way. However, I learned that modeling double curves and intersecting curves was hard!
|a render of my final design, east elevation|
|a photo of my 3D print, taken from a similar viewpoint; northeast elevation|
|my 3D print for final, opened up to show interior sections|
|east section, as modeled|
|east section, as drawn|
|ground floor plan|
I had mixed feelings about this project overall. On the one hand, I found it a little kitschy, that we would use familiar forms in this way - it felt kind of Disney. On the other hand, I think that it gave us an opportunity to create something new with those familiar forms, more than a boxy building, which is what I ended up with the previous semester.