A Collection for One Person
Fall 2006

Professor Liliane Wong

The second project in the first graduate design studio, was the beginning of translating and updating the use and function of a given space.

Our site in the Waterman building is a study room immediately adjacent to the Nature Lab at RISD; a vast collection of bones, shells, seeds, as well as live and preserved animals.

The design was based on a collection of whale vertebrae, which when grouped together have the ability to be weight bearing and remain flexible.

The final design and model became about connecting the study room, via a series of vertebrae-like structures, to the surrounding spaces.

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 Waterman Building     
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 Study room, The Nature Lab     
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 Study room, Nature lab     
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 Design inspiration   Whale vertebrae 
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 Whale vertebrae     
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 Sketch of design intent     
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 Final model     
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 Detail of Final model     
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 Floor plan, cut at 9'