Thursday, March 19, 2009

PA : deliverables articulation

OUTLINE : Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

A. one of the world's most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism
B. modern and contemporary art museum
C. designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and built by Ferrovial
D. free scuplture of curvaceous metal-clad forms
E. open to public in 1997
F. located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
G. alongside the Nervion River
H. purpose alongside being a museum is to help an urban redevelopment project
I. features both permanent and visiting exhibits featuring works of both Spanish and international artists

Hierarchy and system (establish a means to understand arrangements for ordered space in the building)
o Size of building
o Creates a sense of importance—large, massive, unusual structure
o Random structures seem to point or flow or feel like they are moving up—sense of hierarchy (bigger and better than the rest)
Tectonic and mechanic (demonstrate how concealed/revealed structure/systems impact the building)
o Pieces of random curves create different entrances and pathways around the building that serve as function and make people curious to explore the building
Circulation and use (illustrate the sequence of events as a person moves to and through the building)
o Similar to tectonic and mechanic….paths/bridges that lead people to where they need to go (clear)—goes up, but also places that are not so clear to enter—goes down (shown in pictures)
Gesture and symbol (suggest indications of cultural and social meaning inherent in the building)
o Symbol of civic rebirth
Parti and concept (distill observations to a single idea to explain the manifestation of the building)
o Building is intended to be a museum of arts—architecturally, the design is appropriate for art in general, but more specific, modern and contemporary art, which is what the museum holds
-Modern—new ways of seeing and ideas using nature—has type of organic shapes, shapes that make up a whole that are not common—new idea.
-Contemporary—nature of beauty; art now
Values and hopes (substantiate ideas materialized by the building)
o City wanted to emphasize culture in its efforts to attract new businesses and create a tourist industry
o Location : brings people to river; in an industrial area providing the focus for numerous other large-scale improvements that are transforming the city
o Negative design of the building: if the museum some day left the building, it would be hard to vision anything but an art museum occupying the space.

mass and form (determine the basic form and component parts of the building
o steel frame, titanium sheathing
Unit and whole (consider relationships of various parts and the whole composition of the building)
o Designed with random curves that come together as one intriguing piece of architecture
geometry and arrangement (speculate how symmetry and balance are/are not achieved in the building)
o there is absolutely no symmetry in the museum, all random shapes
o however, still comes together to feel balanced with all random shapes enclosed together on one end with long pieces running horizontally on the other end (balance between smaller, multiple pieces and long, bigger, straight pieces)
• innovative large-span columns to free exhibition spaces

material and finish (recount predominant colors and textures of the building)
o "the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light" – Frank Gehry
repetitive and unique (note repeating elements, details, and spaces of the building)
o deconstructivism:
-“fragmentation, an interest in manipulating ideas of a structure's surface or skin, non-rectilinear shapes which serve to distort and dislocate some of the elements of architecture” (Wikipedia)
- “stimulating unpredictability and a controlled chaos” (Wikipedia)
natural light and artificial light (document how light impacts interior and exterior perception of the building)
o steel and titanium siding does not allow light in through sides (work with artificial light), but most all the top roofs are glass, allowing natural light to flow in
o flooded with light from openings in roof
plan/section and plan/elevation (diagram interrelationships among various views of the building)
o none of the sides of the Guggenheim appear the same, making none of the sections identical to one another

A. bring together main points again but very brief
B. Architect Philip Johnson called it "the greatest building of our time"
C. Talk about how it may affect the future
D. How effective the building is in terms of structure (commodity, firmness and delight)

VIEWS : seeing from all sides and angles

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