Gloriumptious aims to refocus what the dynamics of academic student life can be in the modern age. Gloriumptious is an active dormitory that not only accommodates the student body, but also participates in the development of ideas and culture that naturally emits from this student body.
The three typologies of tower, plinth, and pavilion are used as abstract representation of the stages of an idea’s development as well as programmatic devices for organization. The Tower houses the dorms, the Plinth is the incubator of social interactions and new ideas and explorations, the pavilions are intimate and focused and bring in the activity of the city and campus at the ground level. The types mesh internally but remain disconnected externally to emphasize difference in program and mentality.
Gloriumptious, like its name implies, attempts to create a dormitory that allows for a type of proud spirit towards new ideas and cultures that are the identity of the students residing within. There is a sweetness that comes from a place of cultural genesis and especially when it comes from young passionate minds. A dorm is no longer adequate as only a place of sleep and leisure. It should be a monument to the academies and institutions that they function within.
Who influences you graphically?
I find a lot of inspiration in some earlier works from people like Rem and Eisenman. Eisenman’s Fin D’ou T Hou S and Rem’s Dutch Parliament Extension for example. I enjoy combining styles and techniques and finding out where it brings the project and its ideas.
What is the reason of the peach colour which features as a backdrop in your visuals?
The peach acts as an overarching theme to help unify the project graphically. The backdrop aims to help convey the abstractness and playfulness of the project.
How is this then used as the cut colour of the section and what is the reason behind this?
Again, the peach is used as a means of tying the entire project together, and convey the playfulness of the spaces. A black cut colour read to harshly with the context and the spaces. The peach was able to balance the drawing graphically and as a result black was used as a fill on the glazing to help articulate the facades.
Why do you retain from using colour in the plans with the exception of the people?
In the plans, it was more important to me to show how people and ideas would flow through the building. By colouring the people various colours, it begins to depict the interactions and mingling that would occur.
You represent your project through all means of representation, through which one were you more able to express your idea?
The exploded axon. The axon is about showing the diversity of ideas and interests in the dorms, this is shown through the confetti effect of colour on the dorm floors. These ideas and interests are related to certain zones in the plinth, like science, art, humanities and health. And then finally these interests are made public at the ground level in the pavilions through exhibitions and presentations. The axon shows how ideas moves top down and there they are integrated and mixed and where they are concentrated.
Cheyenne Vandevoorde is finishing her final year of undergraduate studies at The Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and is currently working on her Honors Thesis. The project explored above was undertaken in the Fall of 2014 at the The Ohio State University under the skill of Ann Pendelton-Julien. Her immediate plans are to gain experiences in work and life before pursuing my graduate studies.