Title page for ETD etd-06042006-112004

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dalvi, Vikrant Vijay
Author's Email Address vdalvi@vt.edu
URN etd-06042006-112004
Title Walls: Exploring the layers of a building
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, James R. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Member
  • Walls
  • Angle reflective glass
  • Concrete walls
  • Steel cage
  • Interaction. Layers
Date of Defense 2006-05-10
Availability unrestricted
Wall, traditionally an enclosing element in architecture, has been used throughout the ages for functions like privacy, protection, definition of spaces, and also to provide attractive facades.

Visually walls can be more than a mere static element. Over time, attempts have been made by various architects to explore and redefine the role of a wall as an architectural element. The wall can enhance, adorn, aggrandize, beautify, embellish......

My thesis aims at exploring the role of a wall in a building and moving beyond the boundaries of its primary functions. The wall in this project is a multi-layered , transparent, clear and lucid enclosure wrapping the inner solids.

The idea is to have solid and opaque geometrical planes and volumes as inner cores and masking these with an outer envelope of double-glass and steel.

The study delves further into the interaction between the three assemblies.

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