Our group began by first going outside to the East entrance to consider the possible perspectives. We thought about how we wanted the space to be used and how to make our designs coincide with the rest of the building. Our initial ideas involved the continuation of the “inverted cruise ship” theme of the building. But, we couldn’t figure out exactly how to make that work. From there, we moved on to trying to come up with a way to incorporate a performance or spectacle area.
We wanted to turn the space into a modern street-scape. Our goal was for the it to be an occupiable yet transitional space used for performance (such as bands or even beat poetry), advertising, gathering, etc. This included a platform/stage and a gallery for advertisements or artwork. These needed to have good lighting, especially for use at night. We wanted to use LED lighting that went along with the modern theme of the space.
Our next challenge was the conversion of the actual entrance into the building. We wanted to provide easy access to both the first and second floors while creating an inviting environment in order to encourage non-students of the school to come in. Our solution was to have a split staircase with one side leading to the first floor and the other to the second floor. At the top of those stairs, we designed a platform area with a small cafe and gallery. We included this to draw in other students and to display the work of the students of the school.
The cafe idea was eventually changed. The space available could not accommodate the cafe, the gallery, and seating comfortably. In the end, we decided the area would be primarily used as a terrace with tables and seating. This could serve as a place for students to gather and socialize or to read and do homework. The atmosphere would encourage students who are not familiar with the building to explore the many resources it has to offer.