Studio V – Spring 2014

students on trailer

Small buildings have always had a particular appeal. Micro works of architecture inspire an enduring charm that exceeds their function, even if that function is to be a pleasing decoration in the landscape. There are a variety of reasons for our infatuation with little forms. The miniaturization of architecture reduces it to a human scale with which we can interact more readily.  We are also drawn by the intricacy of their conception and detail by the fact that smaller buildings usually possess a more tactile quality than constructions of a larger scale. The concise purpose of these structures; that they address a single function, simple use, or even a purely aesthetic aim, makes them intellectually as well as physically accessible.

This Spring the studio is devoted to the execution of one project- researching and designing a commercial kitchen on John’s Island at the site of Sweetgrass Garden, as well as fabricating, and installing a structure on the site to house the kitchen.

The process will include, but is not limited to:

Working with local farmers, bakers and chefs on the kitchen master plan.

Working with DHEC, the FDA, and the Charleston County’s Building Inspection Services on creating a prototype model kitchen which can be implemented across the state of South Carolina.

Working with local architects and engineers on creating a full set of construction documents for the commercial kitchen.

Fabricating the commercial kitchen structure parts off site at the CAC.C’s materials lab and finishing installation on site by 4.18.14.

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  1. David, nice overview of this semester’s project. Now that I’ve found this blog, I’ll be following your team’s progress regularly. Actually, I’ll see if I can get some of my colleagues at Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY) to follow along as well. An updated high-level, project status as a supplement to this initial overview would be much appreciated from time-to-time. GOOD LUCK! Greg Overstrom PE, PMP – Project Manager, Science & Technology, Corning Incorproated

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