Fluid Density

Professor: Casey Rehm
Site: Museum of Innovation and Science, Schenectady NY
Fall 2012, RPI

This project is a design scheme for an addition to the Museum of Innovation and Science (Misci) in Schenectady, NY.
In this project, spaces are found and explored through accumulated density of geometry and the intrusive interconnecting of parts to create a fluid whole.

The spaces are formed through geometry derived from studies of Alhambre ornament and lightbox analyses. The exterior reflects the density and partial illegibility of the geometry while the interior forms connected and relating spaces. The main system of connection between spaces is a series of ramps by which visitors to the museum can not only walk through exhibition space, but also view it from above, gaining an unusual educational experience through the change in perspective. The system works it’s way throughout the building, culminating in a ramp that wraps around the glass-encased archive space, letting visitors view the archives from above, much like an additional exhibition. Through this system and the aggregation of geometry, visitors are encouraged to focus on the architectural and education experiences that they are having rather than reading a geometrical or  architectural pattern in the spaces. In this way, visitors are reacting to the building on a sensory, subconscious level. This allows them to attract architectural benefit from the actual experiences rather than from a conscious analysis of experiences that they are removed form. These experiences are deeply rooted in the educational goals and purposes of MiSci. This building performs as an aid to the programmatic goals of MiSci and accomplishes this through an array of accumulated geometry and form engrained within an organized system of fluidity and intention.

This project was developed using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Maya.