By Brittany Ricker
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Currently, I am working with IMPACT ARTISTS and AIRBORNE ARTISTS. Impact is the sound vibrations that come from various sound vibrations higher than 55db. The northern half of the art studios will house various types of impact artists that require higher levels of soundproofing. This space will be designed so any type of activity/construction could occur and no one would be disturbed. Airborne is the sound vibrations from various sound vibrations less than 55db. The southern half of the art studios will house these types of artists that will still need soundproofing but not to the extent as the northern half. This area will just need to pay closer attention to noise coming from conversations and movement within the building. When trying to figure out the actual design of the building, I looked into the light of Chicago and surrounding artistry features and did a light study represented below. This gave me the idea to actually pull all the artists together into one central location and expose their creativity to the public. Giving the public an interesting/non-predictable pockets of light that would end up being the actual artist rehearsing/painting/sculpting….anything!
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Following the light study and incorporating the artists, graphic representations of what this design is trying to express was done. Seen below is the process of taking a box which symbolizes what currently exists on the site and then in the next step … exposing the artistry that is occurring within the design.. Whatever that may be. This was the conceptual phase of this design and with a little over a month left to go, it’s being spent making this design work functionally AND conceptually which at times can be rough but that makes it definitely worth it in the end when you have a final design that you had fun (for the most part…) designing!
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