ASCENT - A MODERN MUSEUM

At its core, a museum acts as a place of gathering, but more than its obvious gathering of art and artifacts, it is designed around the gathering of people and experience. It becomes part of the designer’s task to design a museum that still celebrates this while also taking on new roles? How do we design a space that is still innovating twenty or thirty years later? Innovation has gone past just new ideas and has turned into a modern translation of concepts, new and old. These translations act as a device for risk taking: a societal upward movement. This design takes the age old concept of gathering and introduces a new angle, pulling people up through the gallery spaces on a monolithic ramp that runs through two twisting ellipses that create its unique form.

 

Project: Museum

Year: Spring - 2017

Professor: Scott Murff

Two ellipses, an inner and outer, rotate around independent axis’ from floor to floor. These staggered movements create both the buildings form as well as the form of the inner atrium. The atrium, along with the monolithic ramp in the center of the building gives the user the ability to constantly connect with what is beyond them, as well as remain associated with where they started and others along the same path. The clear story at the entrance allows those who have moved off the ramp to reconnect with the ground floor and the entrance to the museum.