NEW  SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS 2  An Urban Flat "re-formed"

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Requirements

This was literally a "re-formation" within the existing "givens" of a City apartment. The strategy, overall, was combining a 'cleanup' of what were seen as both unnecessary elements, reorganization for functional clarity, adding a Breakfast Room where none had existed, and imposing or perhaps extracting a geometric relationship of the part to a whole by virtue of axial alignments (particularly between and within spaces) and geometric order.

Solution

One example is the Living Room, which accomodated a variety of privacy conditions, and was based on conditions of 3 symmetries from an absolute center which divided cabinetry and the entry doorway (6'-8" each), as well as 2 secondary 'centerings' as may be seen. Also, the subtle underpinning of the strategy incorporated an interplay between "squares"  and its derivative, the Golden Section.

PLAN - possibilities
PLAN - possibilities

Identifying 'difficult' areas, redundant elements (such as doors), opportunities for new spatial arrangements.

floor plan REDESIGNED
floor plan REDESIGNED

a "cleanup", removing redundancies, re-ordering spatial relationships/alignments, adding new space.

GOLDEN SECTION 1
GOLDEN SECTION 1

The underlying order was fabricated by generating 2 squares.

GOLDEN SECTION 2
GOLDEN SECTION 2

A further re-formation by creation of a Golden Section.

GOLDEN SECTION  ELEVATION
GOLDEN SECTION ELEVATION

Vertical elaboration, generated in tandem with Plan.

MAIN-AXIS
MAIN-AXIS

Spatial sequence from Vestibule through Entry, into Living Room.

MAIN-AXIS-annotated
MAIN-AXIS-annotated

Axial alignment is calibrated to extend a Center Line.

LIVING ROOM-W
LIVING ROOM-W

The axis of entry terminates at the corner of the room; the continuous soffit redefines the relation of the space as a rectangle, suppressing the angled corner window.

LIVING ROOM-N
LIVING ROOM-N

Illustrates the wall unit shelving which derives from and extends the modules in the Plan.

CROSS AXIS
CROSS AXIS

Cross Axis through Entry, in opposite direction.to 'anchor' the transition to the Bedrooms.

CROSS AXIS annotated
CROSS AXIS annotated

Centerlines extended through alignment, terminating at a centered display of artifacts.

LIVING ROOM E1 doors-open
LIVING ROOM E1 doors-open

A series of double bi-fold doors separate the Entry from the Living Room, and permit combinations of Privacy/Semi-Primacy and Openess.

LIVING-ROOM E1 doors-closed
LIVING-ROOM E1 doors-closed

The wall unit contains an A/V center.

LIVING  ROOM-E2 ANALYSIS
LIVING ROOM-E2 ANALYSIS

Geometry is not inherent, but an intention.

DOOR Detail - Geometry
DOOR Detail - Geometry

Even the smallest detail(s) . . .are part of a larger 'construct': vertical door stiles are 6" and 3", but overlap for 3"+3"=6". The pull is a Square, the window glass a Square, the Golden Section generated by the intersection of these moves.

Master Bedroom Plan + Elevation
Master Bedroom Plan + Elevation

Another instance of dealing with "as found" conditions + imposing a re-formation which meant applying Geometries of Proportion + 'shifts'.

HALLS-with-Caption
HALLS-with-Caption
GUEST-BATHROOM-with-Caption
GUEST-BATHROOM-with-Caption
BATH-COMBO-2-with-Caption
BATH-COMBO-2-with-Caption
First Take: A Modest Intervention
First Take: A Modest Intervention
Front Page
Front Page