A space for eating derived from an analysis of a chopping motion.
For the third studio sequence at Penn undergraduate architecture, we analyzed a motion of our choice and utilized our findings to systematically design a space inside a Philadelphia row home. For my project, I decided to analyze chopping. A series of photos of me chopping a cucumber was taken at rapid succession and at a number of angles. From there, the images were superimposed against one another to capture a sense of movement and direction. These images were then used as the basis for analytical drawings, where the qualities of the drawings served as the underlying structure of the design for the row home. To complement the motion, the space designed was a space for eating and discourse. The main design element of the building is the undulating ceiling, which is representative of the motion of the knife as it moves horizontally to slice.