Title page for ETD etd-05252010-105644

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hansen, Gary Alan
Author's Email Address ghansen@vt.edu
URN etd-05252010-105644
Title Hub and Axis
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
Jones, James R. Committee Member
Weiner, Frank H. Committee Member
  • atrium
  • community center
  • hub
  • axis
Date of Defense 2010-05-04
Availability unrestricted
The project is for the central building of a community center used by the communities of Blacksburg and Christiansburg. The building is a space configured as a hub that uses axes to determine entering, exiting and vertical movement. The hub configuration of the building is in concentric rings around the atrium in both space and materials. As materials were brought into the building, they enhanced the strong axial configuration and emphasized the layers surrounding the central hub space of the atrium. There are two pairs of axes in the building. The entrance axes are perpendicular to the faces of the building and provide lines of sight through it. They also establish the paths of entering and exiting the building. The diagonal axes regulate the vertical movement throughout the building.
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