These sketches were done a year after I first visited this place in 2015. (Please refer to a previous post below for that first visit.) https://anonymousarchitecture.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/the-poetry-foundation-by-john-ronan-architects/
It’s been almost four years since that first visit and three since I made these interior sketches. In retrospect, I still think this is one of the greatest buildings I have encountered in recent years.
A few years ago my wife Claudia Rosa-López and I led a group of students from Polytechnic University in documenting this house. With their set of drawings they earned a Third Place award at Peterson Prize, sponsored by the Historic American Building Survey of National Park Service. Today, the students’ drawings can be accessed at the Library of Congress site through this link: https://www.loc.gov/item/pr1528/
Built about 1860 and designed by French immigrant architect Juan Bertoli Calderoni, Casa Vives in Ponce, Puerto Rico is an outstanding example of a 19th-century Puerto Rican urban residence with commercial spaces on the ground floor and residential spaces above.
Designed in 1967 by architect Louis I. Kahn and finished in 1972 in collaboration with landscape architects Harriet Pattison and George Patton; and structural engineer August Komendant.
The museum can be accessed through either the lawn and the beautiful mass of yaupon hollies trees out in the entrance courtyard or the rear parking lot (to the East) one story below the main floor.
Either way you enter, the spatial sequence of the building is magnificently clearly laid out.
The museum is comprised of 16 parallel halls covered by 20 feet wide by 100 feet long post-tensioned reinforced concrete shells (or vaults). Each thin vault is supported by four reinforced concrete columns which can be visible throughout the building.
Entrance courtyard with yaupon hollies and opened porches that overlook the water pools.
Main vestibule looking towards the northern courtyard and main stairs connecting to the Eastern vestibule.
The interior curving shells have light slots that allows for natural light to enter the galleries. Stainless steel reflectors bounce the natural light difuminating it throughout the curving vaults illuminating the gallery interiors with a soft well-distributed natural light.
I was recently selected to present a paper on Field Notes during the Vernacular Architectural Forum, which took place the first week of June in Durham, North Carolina. As part of the event – as it is customarily – there are two intense days of touring around preselected areas to experience first hand vernacular examples and communities.
Here are a few sketches I made during those days.
West Grove Friends Meeting House (1915) Snow Camp, Alamance County
Old Brick Church [Clapp Church] (1813 original, reconstruction ca. 1840-1946)
Spatial axonometric, floor plan and section of Old Brick Church [Clapp Church] (1813 original, reconstruction ca. 1840-1946)
Mendenhall Store; Jamestown, Guilford County
Mendenhall Barn; Jamestown, Guilford County
O’Briant Grocery Store, 613 Holloway St.
Lloyd House (1956); 126 Nelson St.
Here’s another city map pasted in my sketchbook where I traced down the different places I visit last time I was there. Dashed lines refer to walked paths but also by car or scooter.
aquí algunos dibujos que olvidé “postear” en el mensaje anterior.
“mapping” con los recorridos.
andenes de la estación de santa justa de los “antonios” cruz y ortíz.
vista del puente romano.
interpretación de la relación espacial de la catedral sobreimpuesta y la mezquita.
vista de la alhambra.
la casa del chapiz.
patio del palacio de carlos v.
centro cultural caja de granada.
I like to paste city maps in my sketchbook where I can trace down the different paths, landmarks and buildings I visit. Here’s one I did a few years ago in madrid. Dashed lines refer to walked paths and dotted ones are subway, bus or taxi.
“HUB Madrid, un nuevo espacio de trabajo para inspirar, conectar e impulsar a Innovadores Sociales.”
Obra del arquitecto Jesús Eduardo Amaral el club de oficiales es uno de nuestros mejores ejemplos de arquitectura moderna en Puerto Rico. Base Ramey, Aguadilla.
James L Blilie Photos from 1955-58, Stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida
posted from: http://www.berettaconsulting.com
A few sketches I made last summer while visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece.