Our team members are Mark Allmon, Rushika Patel, Noah Poor, and Jennifer Elder. We titled our project Continual.
Our original idea was to extend the courtyard area by the reading room while creating an entrance to the building at the second floor and keeping the first floor entrance. There is a bridge that connects to the second floor from the sidewalk while you can still access the stairs that go down to the first floor.
The next idea was to add an amphitheater to the courtyard extension. The amphitheater meets up with the bridge to the second floor at the top. This option allowed people to walk down the amphitheater like they currently walk down the stairs to enter at the first floor.
In this sketch, we kept the bridge to the second floor in the same place, but took the amphitheater away and kept the current stair entrance to the first floor. However, the first floor entrance meets with the courtyard extension.
In this design, we tried a new approach. It appears that the retaining wall from the courtyard thickens, but since that is extremely impractical, we have a material coming off of the retaining wall to slowly form into the bridge. We kept the current stair access to the first floor.
This design and the previous design is where the name of our project really became defined. We are continuing the retaining wall as it morphs into the bridge. We envision the sidewalk developing a darker colored path on the side where the retaining wall is. The part of the sidewalk that forms into the bridge would be defined with the darker colored pathway so it is not easily missed.
This is the Revit model showing our final plans. The completed alley that is connected to the courtyard could serve as a teaching area or lounging area for students. The walls will be painted with Blackboard paint so that they can be more effectively be used to study and teach.