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2012 Design + Build

Turning Point

Project Information

Clients: North Carolina Museum of Art, NCMA

Location: NCMA Sculpture Park, Raleigh NC

Size: 500 SQFT

Program: Create a place of museum quality to be, rest, eat, relax, converse, enjoy with a small group. Also, a place to meditate, find solitude, or other desirable activity on the grounds of the sculpture park. It should not have a roof.

Materials: Steel, Concrete, Ipe

Students: Travis Hill, Sarah Mann, Jeremy Swecker, Stephanie Clinton, Alexander Ellenbogen, Yang Gao, William Lavin, Matthew Luckey, Melissa Meyer, Eric Overmyer, Phillip Smith, Holland Ward

Instructors: Randall Lanou, BuildSense; Erik Mehlman, BuildSense; Ellen Cassilly, Ellen Cassilly Architect; Aaron Trudo, Teaching Assistant

Instructional Collaborators: Scott Metheny, BuildSense

Structural Engineer: Robert Macia, PE

The looseness of the program presented to the Design + Build Studio served to focus attention on the sculptural aspect of this architecture in the park. The solution was to engage an existing walking path with a new optional path and beautifully detailed concrete wall. The Studio formed and poured numerous small practice walls. The final form is smooth finished on one side and board formed on the other. The wall forces the traveler to turn onto an elevated finely crafted steel and ipe platform with views over a wetland pond area. A small ipe bench is integrated into a break in the wall.

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