The second project for my architecture studio dealt with the way natural light affects a space. The space we were to design was to be experiential rather than functional. We were able to incorporate artificial light if we wanted to, but the main focus was to manipulate a space with natural light.
My design focused on the juxtaposition of simple and complex. From the outside, it is very straightforward, literally a cube, but on the inside, it is dynamically faceted and complicated. Inside, the ceiling is comprised of stalactites, making it resemble a cave. On the ceiling where the facets of the stalactites meet, holes are cut out allowing light to enter the space. At the very center is an enclosed space which features an impluvium. A hole in the ceiling allows rain water to be collected by the impluvium. In both spaces, there are benches for people to sit and observe the light. In order to collect rain water allowed in by the holes in the ceiling, the floor slopes, forcing the water into a ring cut out of the floor along the wall of the interior space. The water is collected in the same basin as that allowed in by the hole at the center.
For the past week, this project took most of my time. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I spent over 20 hours on just the model. It was totally worth it though because it turned out really well and not only did my professor really like it, but she was really impressed!