elementary transparency


With the assigned program of an elementary school that also served for teacher and adult education, connections are created between user groups by linking the groups to the urban context. This is accomplished this through sectional shifts, a light well with views across it, and a system of glass and image panels that allows for views through the building. The halftone images screened onto the panels are indicators of program and also relate to the scale of the space and the density of activity. The readability of the halftone images (whether the dots form an image or not) is constantly shifting as one moves past and through the building.

The conclusion of my studies of layering image was a building that functioned as a destination object within the context of the city and also a visually-connected community within its confines. The complex system of levels of opacity and distorted image are organized by simple circulation and an overwhelming concern with light.

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Winter 2005
The University of Michigan TCAUP
Critic: Mick Kennedy


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