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Posts tagged “Tectonics

Detail Wall Section

Through the process of working on the redesign of my church I spent time working on the structure of both buildings.  In the understanding of this structure several things changed on the way the elevations were composed as well as the interior as a whole.  These drawings are still in progress but I wanted to give an understanding of what I was working on.  The drawings below are 1’ = ¾” which means the drawings are approximately 30 inches tall.  After Critique Friday these drawings will be better detailed and give a clear understanding of the way that the structure will work.

The first drawing is a section cutting through the nave of the church looking toward the east and the apse.  The second image is a in process section of the train station.  Which is taken through the rear train shed. 


The Eye is the Window of the Soul

Through the research into several different ideas for the expression of the structure of the building to be shown in the elevation, I settled on looking at the precedent of Christ’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  As you can see through the image of the church along the nave there is a trabeated structure that is used to express the load from the rafters and a more obvious wall based architecture on the apse elevation.

(Image Scanned from:  Clem Labine’s Traditional Building.December 2010 Edition.Cover Illustration)

This idea can also be seen through the expression of the elevations of my building.  The challenge with figuring this out is the discrepancy between the interior and exterior elevations of the building.  The primary choice I needed to make was to determine whether to use rectangular window or arched windows.  Below are the drawings that I made to determine the best way to design the windows.  In the end I decided going with the arched windows.  The following image is a composite of the two windows beside each other drawn with pilasters flanking them.

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The Devil is in the Details

 

After considering the building section and plan through both analysis and research pertaining to the correct detailing of the construction methods, I reworked the elevations and section to further explore the effect of the relation of the exterior facade to the interior. 

The images below are as follows: The east elevation which is of the apse side of the church, the south elevation which is expressed as the long elevation, the final drawing is expressed as a section through the nave looking to the north. 


Taking a Closer Look

Immediately we were encouraged to spend time working through the tectonics of the buildings that we were working on.  Attached to this post is an enlarged section that was drawn after the initial design was worked out.   The goal of this section and plan was to illustrate the idea of the impact that a bearing wall system of construction would have on the building.

Below is the aforementioned Section and plan.

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