Author: Brooke Salyer
Professor: Philipp Heidemann
Ball State University
IHLA stands for Indiana Hardwood and Lumber Association. For this competition, a site in Columbus, Indiana was chosen and prompted competitors to design an art museum with a form that uses innovative changes in architecture as well as the lumber for structural materials. The design, Vogue-Arch, utilizes the Indiana Lumber with the structural components made up of glue-laminated timber beams and column frames. These components are capable of molding to the complex forms in order to create the free flowing shapes of the museum, along with maintaining the strength needed for support.
A paneling system was then applied for the outer surfaces. The metal panels would be sloped for snow and rain as well as mold to the complexity of the frames. Larger windowed facades in the south and north facades would bring in natural daylight and act as a passive solar heat. The windows are also tinted and set back, in order to keep out the harsher rays of the sun in the summer months.
The design of Vogue-Arch is explained in the name, as a current style that is curvilinear. Columbus Indiana is known for housing Modernist Architecture by famous architects such as Eero Saarinen, Robert Venturi, I. M. Pei, and many more, with the goal of creating a rich city that has an iconic architecture.
Columbus also seeks to further their architecture with the growing trends and transitions through Modernism. Vogue-Arch was developed from the idea of how modernism has changed through the growing software advances. With expanding use of technology and variety of different softwares, architecture can now be created through curvilinear shapes and complex geometries. Modernism continues to show its honesty of materials and shapes, but now with the aid of advancing softwares, the forms that were originally orthogonal can now explore unorthogonal shapes and spaces.
This design takes the basic perpendicular cube with chamfered edges, and extrudes the shape through geometries that are curve when reaching the entrance of Columbus and pointing redirecting the path to the heart of the city. Just as the context of the site is bordered by curvilinear circulation paths, the building form acts to mimic this. The building utilizes intertwining geometry that weaves the different programs into a central and radial circulation path. Guests are able to easily navigate through the different curved meshes once they reach the central atrium space. Each separate curved mesh is molded based off the program of that space. The gallery spaces occupy the second floor, and the multi-function event space remains on the first floor to allow the events to spill out onto the outdoor plazas. Interior spaces are very open and free-flowing in order to capture daylight from the large window facades, and are aided with the cutouts skylights for larger gallery spaces.