Thursday, January 19, 2012
Our initial concept for Michael expanded on the idea of using a trombe wall to passively heat the building during the colder months. In between two floor-to-ceiling glazing wall on the southern facade would be concrete panels. In order to still allow for a southern view in and out of the space, the concrete panels are designed to rotate to break the massiveness of the wall. Rotating the concrete panels also allows the sun to heat it from one side during the day and turn them around to radiant inward at night.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Our building was originally sited near the center of the site on the north edge of the great lawn (also directly in the 20' setback requirement)
The image on the left is the view as you enter the site from the north, on the right is the prarie which our building will be adjacent to. The building will replace the observation deck in the center.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The next day we went to mark out a tentative footprint of the building on site. This gave us an idea of the scale of the building in relation to the site and helped us figure out the best possible placement of the building.