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Disguised Bi-linearity: Film Production Studio
Harvard GSD Core Studio II 2017 Spring
Advisors: Jeffery Burchard
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Fragment Model | Disguised Perception of Structure and Bi-lineary System

Disguised Structure and Space


My obsession in this project is how the masked truth of the structure and the composition of spaces can draw a figure for the exterior responding to the urban and specific contrast of spatial perception for the interior responding to the program. The repetition of similar unit structure, thickness and vacuum can create sequential read on space from plan and section.

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Precedent Study of Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve


Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve designed by Labrouste in 1850 is one of the first buildings constructed with iron structure. Foe the sake of the masonry convention and decoration trend at that time, Labrouste played with exposure and disguise of structure to shape an innovative and elegant interior space. The space is most recognizable as its contrast between lightness and heaviness in the representation of materiality. While another outstanding characteristic is its disguised spatial representation that the book storage space embedded in the thickness of the masonry structure, and the iron column sitting on the pedestal attached to the masonry wall is actually tied by the hidden end anchor
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Iteration and Multiplying 

The iteration study model is for further the the structural design methods Labrouste applied in the library.
While the scale is vastly magnified and the program is changed to Visual Studio that accomodates 7 sound stages of varies sizs:

Reading Room -----> Sound Stage
Book Storage -----> Office Space and other

This system is multiplied as three large units on the site.Some of the units is consist of one single system, while some may comprise multiple smaller system of the same type.


Ground Plan |  Triple Bi-lineary System


Section | Repetition of Arch and Wall System with Large Span and Compacted Programs

Span and Plan

Span - The span of light arch is supported by heavy columns and creates three types of spatial qualities according to the rooms underneath: big, small and narrow. Section - The operation that one sound stage is lifted up to reserve space for ground traffic and one sound stage is support by two small ones introduces a repeated similarity and a paradoxical symmetry of the arch structure on section. 

Plan - The plan is an L shape matrix being divided into relative units with various sizes by a contrasting system of thick and vacuum in which the people and vehicles are separated. Site Plan - The building nests at the southern corner of the site with its long bar facing the street and its huge gable wall facade facing the open area on the east according to the relative scale Program - All the servant program is organized in the thickness and the served program, sound stages, are thus highlighted in the building.

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Sequence of Disguised Structures and Programs

The the sequence of truss structure and the arches that form the roof sitting on the parallel concrete structures defines the overall volume of the building. 
Sound stages are under the large space of these roofs: 4 large stages and 3 small stages. Except for the single arch, the double arch system is consist of one large arch for stage span and one small arch for corridor circulation. The majority of the office program and service space are located in the concrete structures, while some of office program are packed hidden in the overhung space attached to the masonry walls between the high vacant space between the arch and roof structure. In these overhung offices, people can overlook the structure and arched ceilings but invisible to the people working in the stage under. The fenestration has gradient changing opening vertically for structural concern.


Plan and Interior Collage | Inhabitable Structures of Wall and Arch

Fragment Model | Inhabitable Structures and Transition of Height of Space

Massing Model | Comprised Solution for the Massing and the Street Elevation

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