Thursday, January 21, 2016

Case Studies for La Milagrosa Chapel, Leaf Chapel, M-Velope

By: Patrick Szczecina

The topic chosen for this week is to build off the thesis abstract that was written before and addition to Case studies The thesis that I have chosen is that of transformative architecture, which utilizes building movement (walls, rooms) to create new spaces.

La Milagrosa Chapel
The concept behind La MIlagrosa Chapel is that to not change any of the site, and to build off the natural features of the environment; wind and the light to create and essential harmony. The largest feature of this structure is that to open to the natural world, allowing for large masses (Open) and private masses (closed). Some of the features include move-able alter allowing for choir space, tabernacle becomes part of the landscape. The structure is made of 4 materials; Stone (rigid), Steel, wood and glass (Mobile). “The relation between a still and a mobile volume represents “the passage between two worlds, between the known and the unknown, the light and the darkness. As the door opens, a mystery is revealed, and has a dynamic and psychological value, not only showing us a landscape, but inviting us to pass through it.” - Daniel Bonilla
Leaf Chapel
The Leaf Chapel sits in a courtyard of Risonare Hotel Resort, having views of Southern Japanese Alps, Yatsugatake peaks and Mt. Fuji. The Chapel has two components, one glass (Stationary) and one steel (Mobile). The glass portion acts as the structure, having the look of a stem of a leaf. The Steel leaf contains 4700 holes, filled with acrylic having a leaf/branch pattern as well as acting as the brides veil. When the Groom lifts the brides veil for the kiss, the metal leaf lifts up (Within 38sec, weighting 11 tons) revealing the pond and the natural world.
The M-Velope is a smaller scale of the M-House, where one is able to live, while the M-Velope is more of an outdoor structure where someone is able to sit. M-Projects are made of wooden panels fastened with hinges to the supporting structure, allowing for each panel to be opened or closed, into one of the two positions. All the panels are different allowing for a variety of options to open the structure. Not just being a home that allows for space to be manipulated, the panels locations along with how they are open allow for control of the climate on the interior and surrounding structure. Both projects where designed to allow variations of configuration along with allowing for relocations whenever it is suited.

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