Jake Veldhaus- Final Presentation

The concept driving my design was the collision and resulting form of seperate masses, wrapping the hillside below the mounds. The building reflects the mounds with it’s irregular, undulating form. Another key element was the development of a partial seperation between visitors and workers spaces. The masses were physically pulled apart in the center, leaving behind a strong visual connection between the two.

On approach, the individual is brought to a point set back from the mounds. From there, a looping path must be traveled, bringing them in-between the mounds, forcing them to experience their size and magnitude first hand. In following either pathway direction of the loop, the individual is brought around to the main entance in the center, On either side are the entranceway to the Research and Lodging Center, and the MuseumCenter, In passing both entrances, one discovers a large-scale viewingdeck, providing magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and river.

The exhibit space is formed of two intersecting rectangular masses, of which the elevations are changed by five feet. The two spaces areconnected with ramps along either wall, creating a circulation throughout the exhibit spaces, and providing many encapsulating views. In addition, along the circulation of the ramp there are specific points at which views out are carefully articulated, giving unique views of the mounds, as well as the surrounding hillsides.

Jake Veldhaus- Schematic Design

Case Study- Jake Veldhaus

This concept was a collaboration between Waa and Xian University of Technology and Architecture, for the Xian International Wetland Park. The space is designed as a center for designers, animators and artists, incorporating the ever adapting nature of design. The basis of design for this concept was silk manufacturing, a historical driving force in the culture of Xian, China. The proposed site spans 3 kilometers of wetlands, incorporating the existing topography by leaving its slope untouched. A “fragmented island approach” is developed through positioning the structure carefully between historical elements in the site. There is a Pagoda to the northwest, as well as Han burial mounds to the southeast, which reference the Jade Dragon from the Han Dynasty. A continuous stream of water curves around the full length of the site, making reference to the burial mounds. In addition, “The landscape segments are stretched into place almost as twine is reeled onto spindles the museum zones acting as pivots in this process”. Ribbed lawn strips were added to allow for continual morphing of the site, which can provide a new experience for returning visitors.
In my opinion, this is an incredible incorporation of site into building design. The structure is directly influenced by the site, and historical as well as existing conditions were driving factors in the design process.
web page: http://www.archdaily.com/148228/waa-wins-1st-place-in-xian-international-wetland-park-competition/#more-148228

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