House of Corn and Beans

ARCH 573 | Spring 2013
Associate Professor Vidar Lerum

Deconstructing a hundred year old grain elevator with cribbed bin construction, analyzing it’s parts and their tectonic  relationships, becomes a starting point for form generation applied to new designs at many scales, with varying rogram, using four basic materials - wood, concrete, steel and glass.

With a focus on energy, materiality, and tectonic expression, students will explore the conditions and potential for environmentally responsible building designs that can make constructed contributions to man-made landscapes. Students will use a deconstructed one  hundred year old grain elevator as inspiration and as a datum to reference designs of new objects and artifices. The method is one of exploration through multiple iterations within a framework of four consecutive studio projects. Project one (site) and three (precedence) are group projects lasting two weeks each, with four competing teams. Project two (pods) and four (museum) are individual projects lasting 4-5 weeks each. Master plan and site to be developed in a prairie landscape, as a linear development along rail lines. Each student will then design four pods, each at about 5,000 square ft of gross floor area. The final project (also individual) requires the skills to create a composition of the four pods integrated with additional program elements into a 40,000 square ft museum. Energy performance will be analyzed using a computational link established between an energy modeling program and digital three-dimensional models. Each student shall construct 3-4 physical models (tectonic detail, pod, museum, site).