University Facility and Public Realm
Connecting Dots between Public Realm, Sports and School _ Andrew Tang
A university has not always been about classrooms, textbooks and procrastination induced all-nighters. Many students’ fond memories of college come from other activities such as social gatherings, recreation and sport events. Recreation Centers cater to these students as hubs for students to gather, exchange, meet and study individually while offering facilities to exercise and condition their bodies. As more demands are put on scholar-athletes to perform physically as well as academically, schools have emphasized providing a supportive infrastructure within which all students can succeed. New facilities are focusing on more than just sport fields, lockers, and weight rooms. The body and mind have become teammates, each as important as the other in ensuring their collective success.
Art Gallery and Theater
Experiencing and Sensing
Experiencing Art Gallery and Theater Buildings _ Heidi Saarinen
Art Gallery and Museum buildings have a significant role to play within the immediate site and location. As an addition to a community, the cultural building not only offer exciting new architectural design and creative, social and economic input to the existing community, attracting visitors from near and far, but also forms a close relationship to the individual visitor. Every glimpse, touch and movement through a space records and connects on a sensory level.
The buildings and spaces we move through, affect the way we see things, the way we feel and sense the world around us, directly or indirectly. Visiting buildings where art is on show, where we go to enjoy and experience art exhibitions or performances, immediately allow for sensory experiences, connecting us to the space at that very moment; creating a special place.
As visitors, we become part of the building components, through our very presence, as we interact and move through, responding to the site, programme, theme, materiality and sensory qualities of the building.
In this article, the featured Art Gallery and Theatre buildings will be studied and considered from the point of view of the body; the visitor, inhabitant or passer-by. Ideas of the experiential side of being in, interacting with and addressing buildings from within and from a distance will be the main focus.
The Facade and the Inner World
Gate to an Unexpected World _ Marta González Antón
Buildings have many diverse mechanisms through which they are presented to the outside world. Among those of physical nature, the façade or “face” (if we refer to its etymological origin) represents the most obvious device as it mediates between the inside of a building and the outside.
For centuries architects have processed the design of that “face” in order to filter, transmit or imply different ideas; the manipulation of this extraordinary architectural device constitutes a very powerful tool as it has the ability to determine to a big extent people’s sight of the project. How close or distant that sight is to the actual nature of the inner spaces of the building becomes the key question.
In this respect, the intention to conceal the qualities of the interior of the building to the outside seems to be common to the six projects herein presented, even though the reasons lying behind that decision are different to each other. Through several design strategies the architects have created a twofold reading, a deliberate gap between passersby’s perceptions of the “face” of the building and the actual spaces behind that façade.
Only upon entering the building an unexpected modification of the scale, a change in the architectural language or a different nature of the inner spaces is experienced. Is then when, ultimately, the complete comprehension of the character of the project is achieved. The façade thus becomes the physical embodiment of different visual and physical perceptions, fuelling the belief of entering a gate to a new and unexpected world.