Team s3wel: Skylar Tibbits, Scott Del Rossi & Jared Laucks
Design 9: 5th year studio with Professor Jane Clark
This building is an investigation of a pneumatic system which allows for expansion and contraction of programmatic spaces based on user activation. This method was chosen to maximize efficiency of programmatic volume and to allow for the adaptation of space based on programmatic need. The relationships between the dancer, performance space, and user are identified as adaptive, active or static variables of the time-based program. Adaptive is identified as an element in a system that is responsive to an outside variable. The main theatre and black box theatre are responsive to user activation and adaptation based on the varying “events” of performance. Active is identified as being an element in a system that is responsive to only another element within the system. The active programs are the practice studios and classroom spaces whose activation is dependent on the activation of the theatres. Static is identified as being a fixed element in a system. The static program elements are the faculty spaces and service spaces. The static zone “weaves itself” around the adaptive and active programs and provides constraints for the adaptive and active program. The static zone also serves as the primary structure, provides spaces for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and vertical circulation. The building employs a closed system of air distribution, allowing a set volume of air for neutral state of programmatic activation and user occupation. This system is set up to allow for an inverse relationship between program activation and the air distribution, e.g. when a program space is activated, it pulls air from a de-activated program until its minimum is reached. Once the minimum is reached, air is then pulled from the next de-activated program on the list. The skin system is the primary element which serves as a system of compartmentalized chambers of air that allows for non-uniform expansion and contraction.