Earth, Sky, Chamber


Physically, the earth acts as the primary boundary for human life: it is the ground beneath us and establishes our primary datum- we mostly live in a horizontal space along the surface of the earth. Particularly, the disciplines of history, psychology, art and architecture demonstrate that we believe that below the earth’s surface is significantly different that above it.  Therefore, cutting the earth’s surface and developing architecture from it is a profound physical, psychological and metaphysical act and it is one of the most basic architectural interventions.


The circulation of the site much like the concept of the tool is very free flowing due to the multiple changes in slope as well as the majority of different paths traveled throughout the site. One is able to ingress from one end of the newly developed landscape and egress from the opposite end of the site, so the feeling of being transported from one end of the site to the other is increased further by the natural slope of the landscape.


The tombs which hold the three sacred bodies are placed exactly six feet below the surface of the newly created landscape.  This directly corresponds with the relationship of the landscape because the deepest part of the landscape is six feet below the surface completely submerging its occupants.  The tombs are hidden from the occupants of the landscape, so as to convey a feeling of peace and tranquility of the sight. The occupants can enjoy the feeling of the man created landscape without the presence of the sacred bodies overshadowing the atmosphere of this sacred place.


The newly developed landscape was creadted from the original cut in project 2B. The surface is created solely by a subtraction of land. The newly altered cut has increased in size, based off the central rectangular cut that has been rotated and the triangular planes created a surface that has been flipped across a central line that reacts as a multiple hinged surface creating the three cuts in which the tombs reside.


The tonal landscape shows the vivid change in slopes and importance of depth in the design of the newly created landscape, and how the dramatic change is depth created these shifting slopes that make it a thought-provoking experience to navigate.


When walking throughout the landscape and following the trenches, conveys a relationship between the landscape and the tombs, because the trenches are cut six feet into the site and the tombs are buried exactly six feet below the surface of the landscape, conveying a relationship that the living are walking at the same level of the dead, establishing a relationship between life and death.


Consisting of over 100 sheets of 1/16th of an inch thick chipboard the section model shows the spacial quality of the landscape as well as the depth of the of the tombs in relation to the trenches.


A combination of horizontal and vertical section show the changing slopes, as well as the placement of the tombs six feet below the surface of the landscape. With the added detail of the toning the site, illustrates the depth and hidden details of the site which is often hidden in similar drawings.

Freshman Year Fall 2010

Exercise: Better understanding and incorporation of site as a factor of design

Faculty: Professor’s Nick Brusica, Kris Ramono, Mark Nowazyski


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