THE CABIN OF NATURAL PHENOMENA
Student Name: Farzaneh Sadat Akhavan Tabatabaei
School: Woodbury University
Studio: Thesis Studio
Instructor: Heather Peterson
Architecture could be defined as the medium between a set of ever-changing natural phenomenon and human events that might be unseen, Ignored or invisible as of their tiny scale. In this project, the interdependent relationship between metrological phenomena and interiority are explored through a cabin that intentionally ties the users to exterior phenomena, providing connection to a sense of place alongside natural events in time where draws an equivalency between the notion of ecology and assembly /community. In this cabin, the icicle is pictured as a dramatic phenomenon influencing the roof, wall, ground, and even the furniture and material orientation. While the fireplace is a functionally expressive event, that the importance of this event is emphasized with the shape and the multiple functionalities of it among different spaces. Lastly, the curtain has more of a performative quality in both inside and outside.
An icicle is an event of condensation in time, accumulating between the cold, moist air of the winter atmosphere, and the radiating warmth of a human interior. In the process of observing the icicle from the interior space and emphasizing on the relationship among interior and exterior for this event, I realized that the way I am looking at this phenomenon is more in the section form, as a result people who are experiencing the interior can also see the icicle from the section. Therefore, the shape of the cabin’s roof is designed accordingly embrace the icicle and let the occupants witness the icicle as a condition of falling water arrested in the cold, while taking a shower in a formal situation that is dissimilar, but obviously in warm water.
A curtain billowing in the breeze of an open window may breach the boundary between inside and outside. Curtain compositions can create different spatial experience in the interior and exterior in different weather conditions. In the design of this cabin, the curtain goes from being floor bound in winter to ceiling bound in summer and works with the open door to expand the space of the interior to the exterior.
By firing up the fire place, a small condensation occurs when the interior space is warmed with the fire and the heat moves to outside air which produces condensation as snow/vapor in the open air of the exterior. To experience this event that is usually unseen in both the interior and exterior, there is an emphasize on the shape, placement, and usage of the fire place in both interior and exterior.
n this cabin, the icicle is pictured as a dramatic phenomenon influencing the roof, wall, ground, and even the furniture and material orientation. While the fireplace is a functionally expressive event, that the importance of this event is emphasized with the shape and the multiple functionalities of it among different spaces. Lastly, the curtain has more of a performative quality in both inside and outside.
In the plan there is a consistency among spaces meaning that the shower is located where the icicle can be observed, the living area is where the interior doors are transformed to exterior walls to create a space within space, the fire place is between the kitchen, living area, and bed space and it can be used as a stove in the kitchen while it will make the rest of the spaces warmer.