Saturday, December 6, 2014

Towards an Anti-BIM Looking Project

By Kyle Fountain

This semester we have faced the challenge of designing an Olympic legacy master plan in Barra Da Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro.  Although the master plan was a group project, we were also given an individual problem of designing a residential building, whether apartment, or hotel.  We spent all semester analyzing site conditions, historical, cultural, and geographic contexts.  Likewise, zoning and building codes were addressed for each individual project from construction type to egress and structural analysis.
During undergraduate studio classes, I would often jump into Revit, or another BIM software too quickly from the urge to produce fast plans, perspectives, and renderings.  Although I was happy with most of my conceptual designs, there were always a set of design decisions made simply because Revit could or could not do something.
The goal for this design was to remove BIM modeling completely except for a couple renderings for visualization only.  Furthermore, I intended to use sketches and models for quick iterations and concepts.  Every plan started as a sketch, scanned, and I drafted over the sketches into digital software for clean presentation diagrams and sections. 
One of the end products of this exercise was the profile of my building.  Aside from being derived from many inspirations and concepts, the wavy profile line could not be replicated without drafting over my sketch (I tried several times).  The following are initial iterations, process models, and sketches.
 Figure 1: Initial Sketch During Conference Call

The inspiration sketch above was derived from a conference call with two people, one a Brazilian native, and one living and working in Rio.  During this sketch were several notes important to Brazilians and their culture.

Figure 2: First Model Derived from Initial Sketches

Figure 3:  Further Sketches Incorporating Program and Context

Figure 4: Another Concept Model / Exacto Blade Receptacle

Figure 5: Site Plan Initial Sketch

Figure 6:  Structural Model

Figure 7: Perspective from Promenade

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