TOWARDS OPENNESS

          

      ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, RISD       PROFESSOR BEN PELL

 

 

This project involves the creation of a public art center sited in Providence, RI. The design aims to create an art center that is welcoming to the public, with a sense of openness and transparency throughout the architecture. 

 

 

THE SITE

The Providence Art Center featuring approximately 25,000 square feet of space is established for mixed public usage, including galleries, artist studios, public open spaces, as well as a private office area. To make the entire center welcoming to the public, 50 % of the site is designed as public spaces with an emphasis of openness and transparency. The design also challenges the idea of the public space by creating an open terrace and cafe on top of the building to take advantage of the river view, thereby providing a space where the public can interact and enjoy the fantastic cityscape. 

PROGRAMME | VOIDS

The project is driven by iterations of model making that explore solid void relationships. Drawing on the concept of openness, the project merges the three main programmes (studios, galleries & public spaces) to encourage interaction and communication between the art center’s users and visitors. The voids and openings not only provide natural light throughout the building but also create a vertical connection between the interior and exterior spaces. 

EXTERIOR STAIR | SCREEN FACADE

The design of the exterior stair allows the public to have the freedom to explore the interior and exterior spaces of the art center simultaneously. It also provides direct and 24-hour access to the public terrace and sky cafe. The screens are not only designed to connect the interior and exterior but also a balance between creating the enclosure for the art center and maintaining the openness and transparency of the spaces. 

IN BETWEEN

The drawing is composed by the overlapping of different perspective views based on interior transitional spaces. Using only vertical lines allows me to indicate the different materials by changing the density of lines, to show the idea of transparency and openness.