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castelvecchio

architecture analysis

advisor: Aaron Forest

Museo di Castelvecchio, located in theeponymous medieval castle in Verona, Italy, isrestored to a museum space by the architectCarlo Scarpa, between 1959 and 1973.

In the first half of the course, geometry,structure, and detail of wall punctuationspaces have been focused. The research startsoff with geometric and structural study ofhand drawing, continues with exploring itsspacial quality further with digital modeling.Finally reaches to the construction of aexploded model, which study the details ofpunctuation of wall spaces. 

detail of hand drawing, pencil on paper, 36"x100"

digital drawing, 36"x60"

digital drawing, 36"x60"

In the second half of the course, the perspective of research shifts to themateriality of the architecture. Six materials that have been used in thecentre room are separated into six models, where a material with oppositequality of its original is substituted. With separating and opposing materials,the model transforms both physical quality and visual experience of thecentre room. Shadow of material casts from one to another, which creates acontinuous dialog among materials.

material model, 14"x14", various material on wood

from left to right: ancient wall(tracing paper), wood(plaster), stone(aluminum), metal(robe), concrete(fabric), glass(clay) 

In addition to material-substitution models, drawings achieve a reverseexperience of the model. Starting from the realistic vision of the room,by offsetting each volumes, materials of centre room grow into eachother. Volume has been compressed, abstracted, and finally merged.Both iterations perform an adversed experience from Scarpa’s originaldesign: meticulous design in details with strong materiality execution. 

section perspective of original space, pencil on paper, 14''x14''

section perspective offset 1, pencil on paper, 14''x14''

section perspective offset 2, pencil on paper, 14''x14''

The cube, with opposing-substituted materials merge on its surface, is arepresentation of both operation from the materiality research.
In the final presentation, a drawing of the real space is placed in themiddle: going up, volumes are offset, connected, merged and flatten,quality of the material is the only remaining; going toward front, materialsare separated and substituted as staying in its own shape and form. 

substitution material collaged on cube, 14''x14''x14''

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