Check out the websites for Columbus Indiana. I have not been back there
since the early 70's, but at the time there was a Montessori school designed
by an architect whose last name was Johannsen (sorry about the spelling).
The school was entirely open to allow for students to seek their own level
of knowledge by moving from one class to another.
All of the MEP systems (and structural systems) were exposed and painted in
bright colors. Passages from one portion of the building to another where
made through "tubes" rather than conventional corridors. The lighting was
recessed into the MEP systems to allow the colors to come alive and to
soften the environment for the students (using quartz or similar for the
era, but not as harsh as fluorescent lighting).
The floor as carpeted with a low pile office carpet kept in the gray range
to blend with the concrete that was exposed.
I know that there are a few websites devoted to Columbus Indiana as it is an
architectural landmark with some of the most famous architects, sculptures
and artists of the 1950's and later participating in the design of this
town. I was a student of Architecture at U of I - Chicago Circle at the time
I took the tour (led by the senior citizens of the town). It was a two day
experience I won't forget.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: W. Gray Hodge [mailto:ghodge(--nospam--at)hodgedesign.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 10:18 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: let's get creative
> Here's a chance to brainstorm a bit.
> I am working on a new building at a nearby community college. The
> building will house the construction technology department and the
> architect and owner/user have really opened the doors for free
> thinking. The idea is that as students learn about various aspects of
> building construction technology they will then be able to go and see
> the concepts they are learning put into practice. For the structural
> design, that means a lot of exposed elements, such as beams, columns,
> connections, bond beams, etc. For the M/E/P portion of the design,
> there will be exposed ducts, mechanical rooms with windows for visual
> access, exposed plumbing systems, etc.
> We are in the design development stages, now, and we have proposed
> several ideas such as:
> An entry terrace with a steel teaching sculpture similar to the one at
> Univ. of Florida and a U.S.G.S. benchmark.
> A tensioned-fabric canopy at the entrance
> Separate classrooms featuring exposed to view steel construction,
> cast-in-place concrete construction, heavy timber construction, precast
> concrete construction and masonry construction. (Have we left anyone
> I'm hoping the structural engineering community may have some more ideas
> on how to enlighten future contractors, designers and technicians. For
> instance, I haven't really had any great ideas on how to feature
> foundation elements. Do any of you have any ideas or know of other
> buildings/projects that we should look at for inspiration?
> At this point, anything goes
> Gray Hodge
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