The site for this project is in the historic downtown of Marietta, Georgia. The project is presented in place of a cramped existing parking lot adjacent to a frequently used rail line and surrounded on three sides by the infrastructural sides of buildings. The project seeks to provide greater cultural influence in an otherwise conservative area.
The building's roof rises to a pinnacle in an abstraction of the many surrounding church steeples. The comparison of art, moreover of culture, and religious institutions is hinted at, though not forcefully imbued upon locals. The alleyways on the eastern edge of the site are used from north to south as exit circulation and as service areas respectively while the entrance is positioned on the south west corner so as to control circulation around the site.
The buildings north facade, which faces the rail line, is composed of large panels of glazing to "advertise" the artwork. Similarly the north facade, stepped back from an adjacent building to continue and alleyway through the site, is composed of large panels of glazing but instead frames vertical circulation ramps. Here the circulating people are an analogue for the art work displayed within to the outside pedestrian.
The transition between interior and exterior is exaggerated via the use of a large concrete datum which also minimizes noise pollution from passing trains. The built-up floor of the gallery space similarly seeks to minimize vibrations from trains. The interior implements a series of ramps to constitute vertical circulation and provide a changing view point to the galleries both above and below. To provide freedom for curatorial purposes the galleries implement mobile display panels. The spaces are thus able to be arranged into different sized galleries ad infinitum.
Marietta Museum of Modern Art
This project was completed in my third semester of undergrad and was entirely hand drafted and drawn. Final drawings were presented as ink on board and the images seen here are scans from that presentation.