Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Notre Dame du Haut

The chapel sits on a hill over looking the small town of Ronchamp, France. The road to Notre Dame du Haut is windy and long, curving its way through the French foliage. Completed in 1954, this chapel is one of Le Corbusier's most important works. Its exterior form is shaped to respond to the surrounding hillsides and vantages, while the interior is alive with transforming light. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

on to Dublin...

We visited Dublin in June for 5 days. It is a wonderful city with an excellent and amusing take on the English language... love those accents! Most of our time we spent in the city, walking the streets and taking in the beautiful old buildings. We visited a very old prison, the Guinness Storehouse, and took a day trip to Newgrange neolithic tomb built in 3200 BC. 

Beautiful red brick buildings

Temple Bar

Kilmainham Gaol - Dublin's historical prison

Guinness poured correctly at the Guinness Storehouse

Hill of Tara - you are King if the rock speaks when you touch it 


Entrance to the tomb - squeeze through an S shaped passage to a corbel arch toward the center of the mound

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goodbye Copenhagen

I sure will miss you and all your charm. A home away from home, thank you for showing me the Danish ways! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

KADK - Maternity Center

This semester I studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. We worked on two projects, the first a community center adaptive reuse building, and the second a maternity clinic. The site is located two blocks from Islands Brygge harbor front, one of the busiest public spaces in the city on a sunny summer day. It is a vacant triangle plot, covered in grass, and surrounded by nondescript buildings.

Site panorama photograph

The program called for a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, where the mother and family can be educated about the process and act of giving birth. Rooms for group classes and space for over night family stays is included. My concept for the building is to provide a sheltered and protected space through the building form itself. The body (red) is embedded in the earth (grey and brown), and then exposed to the sky and light in a particular way.  I made this image to convey the idea. 

Concept image

Concept sketch - building embedded in the landscape

Study model - triangle site with landscape and building

Using the landscape as a restorative and healing presence became very important to the building concept.  Every interior space has an adjacent outdoor space specifically designed for its purpose.

Site plan / landscape plan

East elevation and plan

Section through movement classroom

Birthing room with basin

I thoroughly enjoyed designing this project. The program was fascinating and the most unique I have been able to work on. This semester I have been working on my UW thesis as well as my KADK studio projects. Working on these projects side by side has been very rewarding, the work is richer and more layered. This time abroad has allowed me to compare what I have learned at home with what I am learning here, and given me the chance to formulate an opinion on what I believe good architecture and design is. It has given me a frame of reference, and let me see clearer who I am and who I want to be. 

It is a very lucky thing, what I have had the opportunity to do. I feel grateful everyday, for my family, my friends new and old, and for the support that encouraged me to take a risk. Here is to always learning, and always pushing forward. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Coastal Ride

Cycling up the Danish coast on this sunny July day - stops include Arne Jacobsen's gas station, Bellevue Beach, Bakken and the King's hunting ground, and Orddrupgaard Museum featuring a new addition by Zaha Hadid. The ride features an intriguing mix of new & old, urban & suburban, coastline & inland. 

Arne's sketch for reference

Bakken - the world's oldest amusement park

Orddrupgaard Museum

Round Tower

Built in 1642 by Danmark's most remembered King Christian IV, the round tower is connected to a grand church and stands 35 meters above the street. Make your way up the spiral ramp and stop along the way at Copenhagen University's first large library, the original privy, and the churches loft which many people once used for drying laundry.   

design objects

Soaking in some beautiful objects at the Danish Museum of Art and Design. The exhibit of Wegner - Just One Good Chair - was excellent. You can see the evolution of the chairs, and all the iterations he worked on to find the final solution. Craftsmanship and very fine design - always something to aspire to and be inspired by. 

Brenton shrunk in Danmark! 
60's pattern - I love it

Elegant bent metal frame

Poul Henningsen

Hans J Wegner lounge chair - my favorite

Triangle chairs - 6 fit easily around the table

Drawings by many

I grew in Danmark!