One room, one building, 4 spaces. A subtext: Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
Walker, Russell Thompson
Master of Architecture
This project was arrived at by observing and collecting a particular building type, the free standing single room, no one of the buildings floor plans exceeds a 1,000 sq. ft.; typically they are about 500 sq. ft., with the smallest being 16 sq. ft. What sets each one apart is their individual use. They all have radically different uses. Program in almost all cases has adapted to fit the size constraints with few acceptions was the typical footprint modified, always remaining a simple rectangle. The temporal shifts, or phases (defined pp. 7-19) of use are concealed within each building. This is achieved by each building's unique use of components (defined p. 5). The physical size of the building is insignificant relative to its presence. These buildings are an essential part of the built fabric, urban or rural. Adaptability and re-use are the methods that make these buildings essential and pervasive. The project examines this ordinary type, finding its most extraordinary qualities and suggests an evolutionary model synthesized from the attributes of the 'case studies'.