Splined Radii


Westwood . California

Academic / Studio

Instructor: Jason Payne

04 - 06 2019 / 10 weeks

Through a study of three types of splines utilizing networks of center points and vertices, an analysis of turning radii of fire trucks was carried out. One diagram was chosen as a foundation to inform truck and human circulation, programmatic zones, building footprint and site occupancy. A set of volumes were extracted from these circulatory splines to serve as the infrastructure for a secondary, but of equal relevance, skin to contain the massing below in a semi tight and loose-fit manner. With its underlying lines of movement made visible through a realization of spatial circulation and programs, a paletted roofscape and envelope opens to a unified interior that loosely retains the intrinsic patterns of motion of the fire station.