“A Brise Soleil without a Building” – Hilary Sample

In this article, Hilary sample discusses the architectural component of Brise-Soleil and its origin from modernists, as well as its many benefits.  The sole purpose of the project is to shield an existing structure from natural sunlight, and lower energy costs.  While providing a new technology, the large, vertical, free standing panel serves as an improvement to the surrounding environment.

This concept of brise-soleil gives a great insight to what façade of a structure, or structure alone is meant to provide.  It does not necessarily have to be contained in all 3 dimensions.  It can be predominately 2 or 1 dimension, regardless of the function it serves by itself, or joined by another.   The piece must be to stand alone, on its own merit when separated from the adjoining structure, as well as surrounding environment.

This also stresses the importance of the creation of spaces, not structure.  The effects and affects the structure creates within its environment needs to be thoroughly examined.  The intent and artistic concepts fuel the structural design.  Each individual panel that creates this larger structure needs to also provide their best service to the piece as a whole. The site’s surroundings are equally as important.  The interactions between the existing and new architectures complete the relationship and need to be heavily studied. If all parts are completed to the best of the artist’s ability, the project will succeed.


Maitlyn Fitz


“Matter is but Captured Energy” – Kiel Moe

In this article, Kiel Moe discusses the relationship between concept and 3D modeling and introduces the idea of matter being captured energy.  The energy that is captured in time is fueled by the concept of the project.  The project displays the movement and flow of rhythm, pattern, and time of the concept and concentrates on one particular moment, hence it being frozen in time.  The details and thorough understanding of both concept and material create space, providing an experience. While they are vital to forming this space, the shapes themselves nearly stand concretely and are fabricated through layers of material.  This can be done by either sticking or stacking materials.  Sticking has many layers in different materials and builds up the energy horizontally whereas stacking takes the same material and stacks it vertically.

This relates to my concept of the Palladio pattern in that I may convey the layers of the pattern in 3D form using stacking.  However, since each line can be moved vertically but not horizontally, I can use differentiating materials for each one, giving a new view from every angle and creating a greater experience.  I also may create more space than shape due to the higher contribution to the experience. The weaving and intersecting of lines will perhaps create the most interesting spaces in between.

I agree with Moe’s view point in that matter is captured energy.  The moment chosen to be represented must have a story and in depth influence as it contributes to thorough design. Materiality and construction methods are the two most important components in conveying space and shape.  Without this understanding, the purpose of the project will fail.


Maitlyn Fitz