Feat. Nick deRaet
With the primary elements of the design lead by Nick, we looked at creating a multistory structure that would allow for programming the collection and distribution of collected rainwater as well as a storage area for solar panel array utilities. There are infinite ways to approach these criteria and we'll definitely test out different integrations in future designs.
We envisioned overlapping floors and at first we struggled with the floor plan to accommodate this schematic. With a limited kit of parts, the initial floor plan is significant for it determines the quantity distribution of parts per level. While indeed a physical limitation, it allowed us to really define and optimize the space. Previously, I've mentioned that it is easy to get carried away or lose a sense of scale with other types of modeling. With Arckit, each unit is a 4X4 foot scaled piece. Knowing appropriate sizing and thinking sustainability about materials use, we were able to have discussions such as " I think that 16 feet might be too generous and 12 feet would be sufficient for optimization" or " when cantilevering this distance of 8-12 feet, a column would need to be placed here." Instead of looking at it as an obstacle, we saw it as an idea of a realistic "budget." Really pondering about the importance of each piece placement and working within boundaries is a very important concept in thinking about sustainable construction and material efficiency.
Before entering our space, there is an overhang on the right which double as a car park, charging station and an area to house and contain a water collection tank. Walking through the main doors on the east façade, puts the viewer in the kitchen, dining and utilities space. On the next floor up is a mixed use living area with an expansive view as well as a entrance to the first green roof terrace and bathroom. On the final, third floor is the master bedroom and the second green roof terrace.
Probably the most thought out model I've built to date, there is still much more to be done. For future models, I will be working with various other students from many backgrounds to highlight their individual strengths in landscape architecture, lighting design and engineering. With more people on board team Arckit, these blogs will provide more extensive diagraming and modeling.
Nick de Raet is a University of Maryland Psychology student with close ties to the University's architecture program. With a strong interest in space making and building models, he hopes to transfer these skills to building virtual environments highlighting the psychological elements and impressions built environments have on its visitors.
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