Learning from Observing

Last week, there was an offline session where the studio design was taken to the next level. How will the institution’s program adapt to the neighbourhood? The focus was mostly on the structure and construction of the building. It all started with site and institution models, where I learned about space, its relationship to the outside world, and how to represent a building. I understand how the building will be built on top of each other while developing a model. Inside is an area with various openings. Understanding openings requires a picture of the building with fenestration. There were other things in the drawing that I overlooked, but discovered while building the model. I wasn’t able to finish the model, but while analyzing it with my peers, I identified certain issues that I need to address in the future iteration.

The next piece is the wall. The wall section sketching allowed me to see the layers of construction in terms of building materials step by step. Due to the larger size of the drawing, more detail must be seen, which I failed to do in my original iteration. Because I was searching at so many references, I missed a lot of details in the drawing. I was able to examine the depth of beams, flooring features, building base, different heights, and fenestration in the drawing. Dimension, materials, and kind were all important components in fenestration. In my case, the majority of the openings have sliding windows, so I had to show the mechanism, which I had totally missed. While drafting wall sections, most of my focus was on completing the drawings and selecting the appropriate wall for each section, as each drawing should represent different details, resulting in missed details. During the discussion, I learned how one material will connect to another and what parts must be added.

The institute was then divided into four elevations, the first of which revealed my roof structure and the level of roof, something I had completely overlooked in earlier exercises. The facade is significant because it aids in the understanding of the apertures. It’s also necessary to consider how different materials interact with their surroundings. We went to Shreyas Foundation as a studio unit since the workshop was coming to a conclusion. It is a student-run institute that teaches a wide range of important skills for creative minds. Natural connections bind all of the structures together. There is a cricket ground, an army camp, an amphitheater, and areas for co-curricular activities such as swimming, horseback riding, art and craft, and other games on the campus. The school is surrounded by lush nature, creating an ideal learning environment.

Darwin Leggo is a modular structure created by the pre-fabrication procedure. Because it is made of steel, it is a particularly useful example. This site visit helped me in understanding the inhabitation of space in terms of material, construction process, and surroundings. There were several types of buildings that used various structures, such as frame structures and load bearing structures made of the same materials, brick and concrete. I wasn’t able to provide as much as I had hoped, but I did gain a lot via debate and observation.

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