|1 Model of my addition/opening to Herzog & de Meuron's Ricola Factory Building at Mulhouse. 2 A collaged perspective drawing of the interior of my addition/opening.|
The building I chose to examine was the Ricola Factory Building at Mulhouse by Herzog & d Meuron. The proposed opening was to cut the facade in strategic places and then peel the polycarbonate panels forward thus changing the facade structure and also creating an extruded portion of the facade. This extrusion emphasized ideas of transparencies and layering within the Ricola Factory Building, layering that creates various depth across the facade with light and shadow and pattern.
|Photos of my 1/2" = 1' scale model. You can see the secondary facade structure incorporated within the existing building structure along with the undulation of the structure itself and how it can play with light.|
For the project I created a 1/2" = 1' scale wall section model along with a set of drawings: diagrams, perspectives, precise section, plan, and elevation drawings, and just whatever else was needed to express my proposal. It was an extremely fun precedent study. I can't say I've studied a building so closely before, and I learned quite a bit about facade structure. It was a great introduction to some of the important aspects of comprehensive studio coming up in the Spring semester.
This post has taken a long to construct because I could never figure out which pictures to include, but at the end of the day I feel the model images really display what this project was all about: looking at the details of facade construction. Since this project I have worked on two more at Architecture School, one of which will probably be up on this blog sooner or later. Did you like my project? Are you excited to see what I've got coming up?