7 tide st

fall '15


program: [adaptive reuse] design museum foundation headquarters | office, entertainment, and exhibition spaces


Explorations for design concepts began with generating abstract immersive space[s]. The studies to generate the immersive space were derived from a series of words used to describe installation artists and their work. The words used to generate the above immersive space were: manipulation, scale, time, perspective, and movement. The result was a series of bands with varying densities of striping intersecting each other to manipulate one's understanding and perception of the space. These studies and explorations were then pushed to the next phase of design, using an abandoned warehouse in the Innovation District in Boston, to develop the Design Museum Foundation headquarters.


The Design Museum Foundation prides itself in not being a typical museum, as their work is dispersed throughout the city of Boston.  Moreover, in designing their headquarters, the concept rooted itself in pushing the boundaries of how art and design are typically displayed-via the white cube and black box.  A study of how individuals move through and spend time in the required spaces was also analyzed.  Utilizing the previous immersive study of "stripes," the time and movement study, as well as notions of the typical white cube and black box, a new system to create space was formalized. Also, as an adaptive reuse project, the stripes rigorously follow a dimension that maintain the integrity of the pre-existing structural beams and columns.  The result is a continuous band that wraps the interior of the pre-existing structure to create programmatic spaces.  The "stripes" along the band are at varying widths, acting as motivators for individuals within the space to circulate through at specific rates of time.  Overall, the design approach seeks to continue with the notion of immersive spatial studies while fulfilling the programmatic needs of the foundation.


on display @ RISD Woods Gerry Gallery: immersive study model


production tools: model making | autocad | rhino | vray | illustrator | photoshop 

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