SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
FOURTH YEAR DESIGN STUDIO
Design Completion: April, 2011
Project Duration: 4 weeks
Medium: Revit, Sketch-up, Podium, Physical Model, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
An exploration of the succession of space, motion, orientation, and meaning.
Each event relates to the preceding one and is informed by activity and interaction. Developing a linear sequence built of movements as a succession of events. Incorporates elements of motion and rhythm with multi sensory, physical, ocular, and subjective experiences into a simultaneous score.
Synesthesia - A neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Wassily Kandinsky’s synesthetic approach cannot by understood in terms of simple correspondences such as tone-color relationships, but rather in terms of compositions boased on visual and sonic patterns in “collaboration and opposition” that reveal tension and emotion within an interplay of colors, forms, and shapes.
Each floor consists of 3 primary paths in varying geometries that define the volumes of space for each. The first floor path system is shown on the right and the upper floors mimick this system but in their own unique ways. The partitions that form the edges of these paths are applied with glass panels with thermal and aural sensitivity. As the spaces and paths are more directly engaged by inhabitants, the glass becomes more saturated and swirled with color thus illustrating the increased activty. The color differentiation also serves as a wayfinding and detection tool for both the deaf and blind students, while also encouraging the children’s cognitive development using varying geometries and color interactions. The finish of glass on each path’s series of panels also varies so that the blind children can feel exactly which section of the path they are on as they proceed.