Monday, June 15, 2009

Project 3---Discrptions

Fashion Photograph Gallery in Newtown

This is a small project for an art dealer to sell fashion photographs in King st, Newtown, Sydney. It is a combination of art gallery and art dealer's apartment.

Design Concepts

Getting an inspiration from the repetition of lines from Solve Sundsbo's photos and the form of a pile of fashion magazines, the overall form and three facades have a sense of rhythm and movement and bring people a strong visual impact. It makes this building in an outstanding position in King St. The concave area and protruding area of facades are centrosymmetric. It creates a sense of balance. The light curtain wall and repetition of lines make this concrete building not so heavy.

In addition, the repetition of lines and faces are easy to manipulate the illumination design. There are six perpendicular glass panels on the main facade, which reveals the small gallery on the 2rd floor to tell people this is an gallery and provide plenty of light to the main staircase of this gallery. The photo exhibition mainly needs artificial light to get better quality so I only use side light coming from very high level( the space takes two levels height) which can not directly lit on the photographs. A large area opening is provides to the bedroom, reading room, living room and playroom on the 3rd floor for private use. For the courtyard, visitors may get tired after watch lots of photographs in semi-closed area so I design an open courtyard on the 3rd floor to let visitors take a fresh breath and have a drink outside.


The public gallery spaces are set on the 1st and 2rd floor. The stockroom is set in the rear part on the 1st floor in order to let the convey of art works conveniently. The office and workshop are also on the side part on 1st floor with two toilets. The apartment space for art dealer is on the 3rd floor to get maximun private. The living area with kitchen facility is also on the third floor.


The front staircase and rear lift form virtical loops of circulation and corridors form horizontal loops of circulation. They ganrantees the continuity of movement in this building.

The example of circulation for visitors:

front main access->1st floor main exhibition area -> 2rd floor small exhibition area->3rd floor living are and outside courtyard->take a lift back to 1st floor

The example of circulation for art dealers:

1. rear access-> 1st floor stockroom, office and workshop
2. rear access-> take a lift to 3rd floor apartment

Project 3---Physical Model

Sense of Rhythm, Movement, Balance

bird view from king st
the gallery is located on an outstanding corner site

facade facing to king st.

main entry facing to the busiest corner

the rear side of gallery
playroom is on the 3rd floor of the rear corner

bedroom, living room, playroom are arranged in the top level to get maximum privacy and get enough natual light either

The front curtain wall reveals inside content so that people can know it is a gallery from outside

sectional perspective

interior view from rear showing the interior of main gallery and side corridor

The light is coming from top translucent material and galss curtain wall.
Playroom and living area need more natural light than photo gallery space.

the main staircase and living area
I like the illumination effect

3rd floor living area with coutyard
I like the illumination effect.

details of roof opening above living area
The outside coutyard area is designed for vistors who can have a drink and take a fresh breath.

people in 2rd floor towards the staircase

interior view of model

the main staircase and living area on 3rd floor

corner view

floor panels

site model

Project 3---Sketchup Model

Project 3---Interior Perspective Vignettes

main gallery area with photographs in small size set and some long size on the 1st floor

main gallery and side staircase

staircase to 2rd floor

small gallery rooms on 2rd floor for median size photographs

small gallery rooms on 2rd floor for median size photographs

way to playroom and apartment on 3rd floor

Playroom on the 3rd floor

Coutyard on 3rd floor semi open space for cafe

from courtyard and living area, going down to 2rd floor

on the corner of staircase, you can also see the main exhibit area

there is an visual connection of small gallerys and main gallery

the light is going through to illuminate the staircase

way to 1st floor
the glass curtain wall provides plenty of light for main staircase

The rear accesses: the left entry for main gallery and the right entry can directly go into the stockroom, office and workshop.

corridor for stockroom, office and workshop

rear access and lift to the living area on 2rd floor and apartment on 3rd floor

Project 3---Floor Plans and Sections

Perspective Section

Cross Section

Longitude Section

1st floor

2rd floor

3rd floor

Brown Area: gallery space
(main gallery on 1st floor and small gallerys on 2rd floor)
Green Area: private area for art dealer
(apartment on 3rd floor)
Orange Area: main circulation
(two staircases, one lift and corridor)
Blue Area: living area and couryard for visitors
Black Area: rooms for public use
(kitchen on 3rd floor and two toilets on 1st floor)