The purpose of the project is to design a community space and a library in the Little Italy/University Village community. The project was proposed by the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Library in order to promote civic and community activities.
I added a shareable presentation that has the research that I conducted for the project. I looked into multiple local factors around the Little Italy/University Village area that could have influenced the design of the building.
My main idea was to consider a central design where there is large central space in the middle of the building and rooms branch off from the center. All traffic and movement in the building was suppose to limited to the large central space. The central space, when not in use, could have also been used as a location for library events. For the aesthetics, I saw that Little Italy/University Village had a lot of influences from Dutch and Pre-war architecture. I wanted the library to blend in with the "townhouse-esque" architecture.
I wanted the building to blend in with the surrounding and not seem out of place.
In this sketch, I tried to capture the aesthetics of a townhouse style building.
Here is a drawing of the floor plan I was considering.
The central space was suppose to play a huge role in the design of the building. I experimented with different way to create a central design while maintaining a sense of excitement within the building and its floor plan. I also added another floor to the building as the design went on because in the early phases my building was lacking a sense of community. The library part of the challenge was there but it did not emphasize community. I added classrooms, large meeting rooms, and lounge area in order to develop a sense of community.
One of the proposed floor plan of my design. The building is model after a butterfly.
A 3D view of my early design.
A more simple and straight floor plan. This one is the closest to my preliminary design.
This was the first building that I had created.
For my final design I went back to my preliminary ideas and expanded upon them. I looked further into townhouse designs and implemented them. I saw that townhouses have an array of windows against on facade of a building. The type of window may also change depending on which floor the window is located (windows on the second floor may be arched while windows on the third floor may just be rectangular). There are also a lot of motif that cover the building and cornices that emphasize the roof of the building and the separate floors. For the floor plan, I decided to make it more traditional. The floor plan still has a central space while room surround it but the central space has no definite shape (such as a circle). The central component of the floor plan blends in with the entities that surround it. The community space idea was emphasized through classrooms, lounge areas, and large community meeting rooms.
Final 3D view located on the corner of the street.
I did not have time to add furniture to this floor.
The second floor is where a lounge area is located.
The third floor of the building is where a classroom is available for the library to use in order