The Light Box
Date: Fall 2012 Class: Design 1 Objective: Create an inhabitable space that uses links between form, program, material, and light.
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The Light Box is an inhabitable space based upon the interaction of light within the building. The space is oriented cardinally, with the two entrances facing north and south, a wall of the gathering area facing east, and the contemplation area facing west.
One starts their journey into the Light Box by one of the two entrances. This leads you into an enclosed passageway where two sets of stairs bring you up into the main gathering area. On your way up, the area around you is very enclosed, resembling a journey underground as you break through the surface into the light emitting gathering area. This area features many horizontal openings that let light into the space. As the sun moves across the sky, the play of the rectangular bands of light shining through the openings creates its own composition on the interior floor and walls. Every time of day yields a different arrangement of light and shadows on the walls and floor.
From the gathering area, one then moves over the stairwell landing, and up another flight of stairs to the contemplation area. A small void at the top of the stairs permits one to look down upon the gathering area, seeing where they once were. The contemplation area, located on the top west side has four varying sized openings, big enough for one person to occupy each. From these niches, one can look out onto the landscape and reflect on how small they are compared to the world, as well as witness the setting sun, and the light it casts into the small opening they’re in.