Professor Ed Ford Site: MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
University of Virginia SARC FALL 2015
DESCRIPTION The Joint Studio focused on researching and modeling various types of architectural /and structural joints. Our task was to develop a novel or composite joint system that could generate a dynamic performance space for an existing site at the MacDowell Colony. My Performance Shed demonstrates a hanging floor system that utilizes a series of specialized joints that allow for flexibility while leaving the natural environment underneath it untouched. This joint system creates column less spaces underneath while maximizing the flexibility for a dynamic performance and seating area above.
The floating stage and seating platforms can be raised or lowered, ultimately allowing for flexibility in the performance area. An existing outdoor amphitheater lies adjacent to my Performance Shed where a movable stage system can roll along tracks to invigorate the historical aspects of the site. This stage can be used for both indoor and outdoor performances. The shed includes a residence in the lower level that allows the MacDowell Colony resident complete seclusion in order for their individual work to be solely focused on. This privacy is completed with the full operation of metal louvers that encompass the sheds exterior glazing.