My project was a Natural History Museum located in La Crosse, WI. I chose this area because it is known for geographical features such as the bluffs and its adjacency to the Mississippi River. I also chose La Crosse because the University of WI-La Crosse is one of the few universities in the country that has an archaeology major. I'm actually surprised La Crosse doesn't already have a Natural History Museum.
|The front lobby. The wall behind the reception desk simulates the bluffs which can be seen from almost any part of La Crosse.|
|The lobby/open exhibition. In this image I featured Frank the dinosaur. To be honest, dinosaurs are not commonly found in the La Crosse area. Mammoths are common, but I couldn't find a file which I could put into Revit. Unless I wanted to pay $99.99 for it. Yeah, right.|
|The Children's Classroom on the first floor. Notice the water in the water table. That is just an awesome function. A few clicks and there's water! |
|This is the second floor lobby/open exhibition. The museum workers I interviewed in preparation for this project told me explicitly that exhibits containing natural objects would not have windows. In this design there are areas for open and closed exhibition; the closed areas obviously have no natural source of lighting. In my imagination, this museum was built on the shores of the Mississippi River, and the large windows are open to the fantastic views.|
|This image is the library with a custom designed desk.|
|This image features a reading area in the library. Doesn't that business woman look so engaged in that...file folder? Ah, the unfortunate Revit entourage.|
So, that's it. Well, that's not all of it. This is all of it.
Four months of work contained in a 7x5 area. Ah, college. It was a great experience and I miss it. Now, will someone hire me, please?