Obscura

technical coursework

This was an architectural experiment, trying to block direct sunlight, but maintain appropriate levels of natural daylight within the building. The project was constrained to a chosen primary building material (in this case, metal) and had to follow the following parameters: non-residential (A-2, 25 occupants max, 1 hour fire rating), square or double-square in plan, 50% of the building in plan will non-climate controlled and open to the sky, must have multiple stories and bays, no habitable space below or 32' above grade, and there must be a complete bounding wall affording complete privacy to the occupants. The site is in Charlottesville, VA, on a 1 acre site with a 5% slope from northeast to southwest. Soil has a 1:2 angle of repose (6000 psf capacity).