Title page for ETD etd-05172012-205137

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gwin, Jennifer Fowler
URN etd-05172012-205137
Title Detail Outward: How to Add to an Iconic Modern Building
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Morton, Elizabeth Committee Member
  • Modernism
  • Details
  • Preservation
  • Addition
Date of Defense 2012-05-07
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This thesis explores how to design an addition to a modern building that makes the building users cognizant of the layers of history while simultaneously creating spaces that respond to the needs of the occupants today. The existing building, the Washington D.C. Central Library, designed by Mies van der Rohe, is conserved and rehabilitated maintaining the library function and new space is created for the Foundation for the Study of Social Media. The addition and the surgical rehabilitation of the existing are informed by the design concepts and details of Mies van der Rohe as well as the theories of Carlo Scarpa. The project evolves through a detail outward design approach in which material and spatial relationships at critical joints are first determined and then used to inform the design of the whole.
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