The Cube House is the final project given at the end of Carnegie Mellon University's Freshman Fall semester. The prompt was to design a wedding pavilion and a site plan housing the pavilion. The 80'X80' pavilion is located along Lake Erie, thus allowing the incorporation of water features. The 20'X20' Cube Pavilion would then have to designed in accordance to various spatial and environmental circumstances (i.e. sunpath).
Using three initial planes that were constantly tweaked, a cube was constructed, in which the three planes were housed in. Holes were then cut out of the cube, following the spatial values created by the planes. Using this cube and the same theories as how the cube was created, the site with 8' tall hedges was then desgined. Throughout the design process, the students were challenged to incorporate golden rectangles and squares, and instructed to focus on creating experiential moments. The plan, section, elevation, sectional perspective, and sectional axonometric drawings were finally drafted and hand-shaded on 23"X29" 1-ply Strathmore paper.
The final design portrayed the idea of symmetry and highlighted a contrast between an encased, private ceremony space on the northern half and an open, public celebration space on the southern half. The two required buildings, a 6'X10' bathroom and a 10'X10' storage space were tucked around the corners to allow the central program to dominate the site.
The wooden model was created on a 20"X20" plywood platform and the basswood pavilion was constructed to be taken apart and lifted for access to a more up-close inspection of the interior spaces formed by the planes.
plan drafted and shaded in 1/4" scale
elevation and section drafted in 1/4" scale
sectional perspective drafted and shaded in 1/4" scale
sectional axon and second floor plan drafted in 1/4" scale