DAY 1: DOGPATCH
(Left) I really enjoyed this small park in the Dogpatch neighborhood. As far as I could tell it had no function besides giving the neighborhood some color and accompanying the playground. It made my day. (Right) A shot of the south side of our site. It documents a some important site conditions, such as the slope, the neighboring brick building, and the Muni.
(Top right) Parti diagram of the entire Minnesota Street Project. The double gable of the roof allows for a rhythm and separation between gallery and atrium. (Left) Several different scales of sections. One of them is of an exceptionally beautiful stair in the corner of the building.
DAY 2: OAKLAND/BERKELEY
(Left) The three nicest things I liked about the East Asian Library at UC Berkeley: the building-long skylight/light shelf, the narrow atrium, and the outlook on the top floor. I learned that an atrium doesn’t need to be wide and monumental to be beautiful and that details matter. (Right) The BAMPFA museum, also in Berkeley. Showing the visual connection between the cafe in one of the upper floors and the main lobby, strengthened by the use of color.
(Left) Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland with the double-shell that defines the nave and ambulatory spaces inside. My attempt at figuring out the connection to the mausoleum is shown. (Right) East Asian Library showing the light shelf and how it aligns with the atrium to bring light down, even below the ground surface. I noted the entry on the second floor.
DAY 3: MOMA and MORE
(Left) Light shelves in the MOMA ceiling, giving soft diffused light into the galleries. (Right) A bay window looking out to the rooftop sculpture garden with Kevin modeling. These bay windows are all along the edge of the museum where most of the vertical circulation takes places. This strip of circulation hallway and sitting window space provides a nice sense of orientation when wandering through the galleries. As someone with a poor sense of direction this kept me from getting lost.
(Left) Ferry building. Very simple, symmetrical design with a nice wide atrium overlooked by not one but two (!) levels of offices (I had never noticed the third floor before). I think this simplicity allows the cool, unique food shops on the ground floor to pop. (Right) Section through the Richard Serra area of the SFMOMA and how it relates to the street level. The slope allows a good top view of the sculptures as you walk down before experiencing them from within.