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洛杉矶的Darin Johnstone Architecture(DJA)最近将美国南帕萨迪纳市的邮局改建成为艺术中心设计学院的教学基地。整个改建历时仅六个月。改建完成后,建筑师在建筑内举行了一场名为“Drawn Out: Didactic to Haptic”的展览,期望通过展示新旧建筑之间的对比图纸与装置,让大家更深刻的理解原有建筑与新建筑。

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870 Raymond Building

Client:    Art Center College of DesignBuilding type:   EducationalSize:   36,000 sq ftArchitect: Darin Johnstone ArchitectureTeam:    Darin Johnstone, Sandra Hutchings, Matt Liese, Daniel Romero, Kris Ibranan, Jesus Guerrero, Kaylee HyunEngineers:    Buro Happold, Integral Group, WaveguideProject manager:    gkkworksGeneral contractor:    MATT ConstructionDesign build engineers:    Wittler Young, A.J. Kirkwood, Muir ChasePhoto credit:    ? Lawrence Anderson Photography, Inc.


Anytime a project is heavily shaped by a particularly forceful factor in the process it is easiest to open with a simple description of that factor. For the renovation of the existing post office building in South Pasadena, designed to house Art Center College of Design’s Fine Art and Illustration departments, that factor was the schedule. In May of 2013 DJA was invited to submit an RFQ for the project. In June of 2013 DJA was awarded thecommission. In January of 2014 the departments moved in and started holding classes. The 35,000 square foot renovation was designed, documented, permitted and constructed in six months’ time.  That direct and challenging outcome clearly shaped the overall process.


Though we enjoy quoting the sheer audacity of the schedule the more interesting challenge posed by the charge to transform the original ‘Post Office’building into a home for Art Center College of Design’s Fine Art and Illustration departments had to do with negotiations between the existing conditions and the program. The program of galleries, classrooms and offices filled the entire existing volume while still requiring an abundance ofnatural light. The existing building contained five natural light sources: a thirty foot square skylight above a double height atrium space in the center and double height voids in all four corners that we termed ‘light courts’. Formal galleries and circulation-conceived as informal gallerieswere used toconnect all of the light courts effectively carving the mass of classrooms, studios and offices with light.

Drawn Out: Didactic to Haptic

Installation title: Light MassClient: Art Center College of DesignArchitect: Darin Johnstone ArchitectureTeam:  Darin Johnstone, Sandra Hutchings, Jesus Guerrero, Aida Hassan   Special thanks to:Art Center College of Design leadership, fine art and illustration departments and facilities.Tru-Roll and Advanced Entertainment Technology, Ralph Cichetti  Grosh Custom, Creative Director, Greg Viera Cinnabar, Project Manager, Daniel CongdonDan BoerPhoto credit: Joshua White /


Drawn Out: Didactic to HapticFor this exhibit a two part drawing series was conceived to reflect upon the original design approach while deepening and extending our understandingof the building. The drawings and processes are intended move from programmatic to projective.


Part one ‘didactic’ depicts the transformation of the existing building through diagram, plan and axonometric. A focus on figure ground transformationsrooted in a nine square grid inherent in the existing building structure serve as the armature for the first set of drawings. This quintessential disciplinaryexercise is explored and extended through drawings of the new organizational fabric and light voids within the original building mass.


Part two ‘haptic’, undertaken in parallel as a set up for the installation, shifts to an interrogation of the main light void at the central gallery. The drawingschallenge the representational language and conceit of the first series by moving from objective to subjective modes of representation. The drawings are constructed and scripted to posit multiple experiential outcomes.


Light MassThe original building project occurred within an incredibly tight time frame. In less than six months the project was designed, constructed and occupied. Perhaps this is why when we were invited to create an exhibit about the design of the project, we felt compelled to do an installation extending the design. Often a contemporary architectural installation is an opportunity to express and test preconceived architectural notions and languages. We have certainly done that in the past but this project represented a different type of opportunity. Through this work we soughtto reveal another set of potentials inherent in a situation that we had already structured in a very particular way.


The ‘haptic’ drawing series moves up and around the central gallery space while shifting from objective to subjective modes of representation. Depthand flatness toggle in and out as the drawing itself suggests multiple formal outcomes. With the drawings as a point of departure we sought to render material in light and ambiguify distinctions between line, surface, and mass. The idea of the drawing and its physical attributes are exploited to revealthe shifting qualities of the spaces we designed. The installation is intended to be drawing and object simultaneously.  It is a projection of multiple outcomes and a rumination on presence.





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