Student project by Brian Spring, 2004: Alum Creek Bathing Pavilion

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This was an undergraduate student project by Brian Spring for Stephen Roe's ARCH 341 course, Autumn 2004. This project involved the relationship between natural scene and artifiicial frame. The pavilion is located in a natural clearing in a predominately woody site of second growth trees. The cleared area is a product of annual erosion as well as unsuitable soil and was envisioned as a natural showcase for display. The pavilion's tectonic frame served to artificially integrate with the existing erosion ruts to aid in water runoff and ultimately water collection. The collected water would gather in bins near the natural gulley, in turn using the natural slope to enable the frame to flex and move proportionally to the amount of water runoff. Thus, the frame constantly exudes the current site conditions due to its specific orientation. Programmatically, the form of the pools is mapped from the existing topographical lines and step down to accentuate the observer-site relationship. The frame's mobility allows for a diverse spatial experience by allowing the decks adjoined to the pools to be completely housed on the interior as well as travel beyond the extent of the frame. This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present. The effort to preserve and digitize drawings in the Student Archives was sponsored in part by the Graham Foundation.
2000s (2000 - 2009)
wood (hardwood or softwood)
ARCH 341
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