Inhabitable Space Concept Model - Beach Shelter
Prompt: Make a concept model, or abstract architectural model, for a single inhabitable structure that is designed to facilitate one of the following activities: gathering, playing, honoring, or reflecting. Your concept model for an inhabitable structure should be thought of as a space in which culture can be practiced or created through one of these activities. You will do this by creating an atmosphere conducive to that activity through an intentional selection of and appropriate use of: Materials, Connections, Energy flows, and Space. Your free-standing structure should use lines, planes, and mechanical connections to divide, define, and engage space.
My object is 12’x’12’7′ and is made out of foam board, cotton buds, brass fasteners, and blue illusion film. The shapes that are mainly used are derived from the basic shapes of pliers. I scored one side of the foam board and made the pillars with the peg-in-hole technique to make them stand upright. I attached another plane of the same shape on top of it by using cotton buds (peg-inhole technique) and attached the blue illusion film with brass fasteners. I decided to build a structure for the purpose of relaxation. I included the curved handle and two triangular clipper forms, as well as the overlapping of the Sydney Opera House and weather considerations, into my design. Gathering: For people to rest and cool down in the shade. I ended up choosing white foam board over colored (brown) cardboard as my main plane material not only because the pliers have a simple and sleek appearance, but also because white paint can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their ambient surroundings by reflecting most of the heat away if used in an architectural structure. I also experimented with a variety of transparent sheet materials before settling on the blue film to reflect and provide the sea’s ‘cooling’ effect.