Infamous Walking Tours

Day o1

Its a Bit Chilly

While at the Minnesota Street Project, and walked up to one of the closed doors to peak inside the closed gallery. And thats when I notice the doorway was FREEZING. I saw the small vents directly above the doorway blasting cold air on my head, and I decided to draw a section of how the vent may operate and where the cold air goes after ricocheting off my head.

Dog Patch Site 

I liked the image of our site in the Dog Patch District from this angle. Here, we can appreciate the street, Muni, and cranes in the background. I like the noise and the action that the site and “crane-line” created. There were wires and cables running every which way across the sky, almost creating its own surface texture suspended above the street.

Library Goals

During the office visit, there was a beautiful bookcase that divided workspace from circulation. It was originally a material study, transformed and used as a functional space divider and storage unit. I was interested in how natural daylight passed through the openings into the hallway beyond, and what that condition may look like sectionally on a sunny day.

Fern and the Oddly Placed Chair 

During our office visit, we had the chance to explore an virtually empty office. I found Fern hiding in this chair, tucked between and sizable space between a wall and the stairs. It was an odd space, almost like a timeout chair. I found it interesting because people it shows how people choose to interact with space, and sometimes not how it was originally intended.

Day 02

My Favorite Bench 

At the CV Starr East Asian Library, there were benches integrated within the circulation of the building. My personal favorite was a bench the was set back into a stair. At its back was a window peering down into yet another cutout/atrium space below. The stair was jigsawing the form around a small balcony directly across from the bench. This actions allowed light to enter into the subterranean archives below.

Atriums Everywhere 

On the Berkeley campus, we visited the CV Starr East Asian Library. From the exterior, the library looks like a single block with a few interesting screens. But the interior has been carefully carved out to create a series of atriums that allow light to cascade down through. This was one of the smaller atrium spaces I found most interesting, with students working and louvres separating study space and the books. I like looking down on the students and how clearly you can see the light move through the library from an Eastern (I think) window.

Stair Parasite 

Once again on the Berkeley campus, we entered the architecture building. Like many architecture schools, the building was a monolithic piece of boring concrete and sadness. But the interior was a breed all its own. Some of the floors had wood paneling, and others were open and colorful. What I was most intrigued by was the stair cases, especially is parasitic installation on one of the floors. The screen moved and arced out of the concrete steps, seemingly from no one. Where did it come from? How long had it been there? And who was the creator?

The Art of Space

At the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives (BAMPFA), there are incredible atrium spaces spanning 3.5-4 stories. There are spaces that you can really only understand from the bottom or sectionally, and this is one of the them. The third floor turns downward to take the occupant into additional galleries (which were closed), and when you look up, you see the expanse of the the old building and the addition latching on.  The grandness of the space was art itself.

Day 03

Light and Shadow

SFMOMA has a room dedicated to kinetic sculpture and mobiles. I was mesmerized by the slow movement of the sculptures and the dreaming escape they appeared to create. Yet I was even more fascinated by the shadows cast on the ground. The flattened projection removes all sense of time and dreamscape, but is still equally interesting and dynamic. If there was just a shadow, could someone recreate the work of art?

Wait, whoa

In one of the galleries in SFMOMA, there is a beautifully day lit space tucked away. I didn’t notice it until I saw someone else looking up. There are skylights/clerestories (hard to tell) that bounce light off a light shelf and into the gallery. There are small horizontal blinds that can be closed or opened to allow for light within the space. This allows for light to penetrate deeper into the galleries without forcing direct sunlight onto the works.

Why are you sitting on the stairs?

To preface, I was sitting on the stairs sketching and was asked to move by a security guard. I wanted to understand how light was entering galleries and hallways from the stairs. Multistory windows allow for light to enter deep into the space, and windows into the next levels of the stairs create an ambiance of natural light on each level. While the stairs are not open for the entire duration, in fact most only have a window at a landing, natural sunlight can get deep into these spaces.

Logan Learns to Teleport

In Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City, I was standing next to Logan trying to understand the connections within the piece when I noticed Logan was reflected perfectly across the room. The placement and angle of the mirror allowed Logan to be in two places at once, and challenged my perception of space. The whole installation is meant to challenge our perceptions, and my own proximity to the people around and within the sculpture highlighted the theory and practice of space within architecture. I was left wondering, can architecture act as a projector, playing a scene out on a screen?

 

 

 

 

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