Yojairo Lomeli – Formal Flor-escence

The culminating project in this semester tasked the students with the design of an archive.

The Emotive Archive in its simplest form is; a space that works on many levels. Formally fluorescent refers to an architecture of radiant geometry to house a collection of flowers —dead, drawn, and alive — Flor-essence.

Programmatically the project called for an archive that could function to house the various states or forms that plants are collected and preserved. In this regard the archive would work to store preserved (dead) plants such as a herbarium, as well as a collection of plants (live) to become a form of garden, greenhouse, or nursey. This programmatic layering draws from the intrinsic layering evident in the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s botanically accurate watercolors which are also archived + exhibited within (drawn). Lastly, this institution houses a “collection of omnipresent gardeners” who trade knowledge person to person, calling for an architecture that is the physical manifestation of that collection.

Students were charged with employing an architecture that becomes Formally Floral in the sense that it may learn, steal and comport analogously to the botanical realm in the way it might develop space akin to Floral (Formal) Arrangements, Blooms and their compositional qualities.

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Student Work

Brandon Meinders – “Delineating Time”

Delineating Time examines the relationship between space and time, and explores the means of creating spaces that allow for visual access to defy the natural linearity of time. The large vertical volumes serve to unify disconnected spaces and create the impression of a cohesive, whole understanding of the structure rather than series of independently experienced rooms. This allowed for increased interpersonal interaction as the appearance and disappearance of other patrons allowed for a more complex understanding of how time could be tracked in relation to circulation.

Rachel Skof

The Florum is an archival gathering space that celebrates the healing properties of flowers. It delineates a spectrum of floral healing actors,from pharmacologist to herbalist by framing their experimentations to the site’s visitors.The Florum is itself comprised of 4 distinct characters: the portal, the agora, the wall, and the archival pit, each being container for specific programs.The portal acts as an elongated threshold between the exterior and the building, wrapping around an interior garden space.The agora acts as the central circulatory core, culminating in a forum for large meetings about all things floral. The wall acts as a negotiator between the public agora and semi-private archive, while the archive itself houses research labs and apothecaries for healing experiments.

Blake Harris

This project, designed to support and archive tropical Hawaiian plants, employs a mask of impermeability to conceal private spaces and simultaneously guide an experience for the public. This veil creates two distinct sides to the interior volumes: the bright, expansive clearings and valleys that provide study space and circulation for the public, juxtaposed with the tighter, denser undergrowth that supports private research, plant archives, and gardens. In key moments, the veil recedes to provide glimpses behind the screen, exposing elusive activities of the private realm. On the surface is an organized architecture, but one that hints at the commotion occurring out of view.

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