Author: Baraka Al-Ramah
Instructor: Scott Uriu
University of Southern California
Applying model building experiments and studies to the design of a small building whose program consisted of a small library paired with a program “X”. The thesis of this program revolved around key qualities of my assigned program “X” – Fashion event space. The space
enveloped a catwalk that wrapped around the library portion.
The idea is to introduce interwoven spaces through reflections but also transparency at the same time. Mainly playing with the idea of perspective and distortions. Using the facade as an opportunity to play with the idea of reflections and transparency in a way that can be experienced from the outside, but also from the inside.
By experimenting with fabric manipulation techniques, focusing on the flounce technique in particular, I created ruche modules. I then exaggerated the look of them by clustering them together and then aggregated them around the side of the library. Then the ruche module (module A) combined with the cut and fold module (module B) rest on the other side of the building to indicate a shift in program – fashion side to library side. The final goal of the project is to use the reflections and distortions in perspective to create a fantastic object from a fantasy, and the modules are essential to the project.