Title page for ETD etd-08222005-222742

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gao, Yongmei
Author's Email Address yg@vt.edu
URN etd-08222005-222742
Title SPANNING Between Structure and Nature
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Galloway, William U. Committee Chair
  • Architecture and Nature
Date of Defense 2005-06-13
Availability unrestricted
The design project, a new student union building for the Virginia Tech campus is a 420-foot-long structure spanning from earth to water. Along a steel-glass bridge, three simple volumes play together to achieve the functions of the student union.

There is an order among Nature, Architecture, and People in this project. Simple geometric forms and the elegant structure interact with nature to achieve the order. People animate the serenity and become the core of the poetic environment.

The building is also a spanning between the past and the future. Imagining that many years later, when graduates of Virginia Tech sit on the balcony of the bridge with their family, recalling memorable events that happened near the duck pond, the building presents not only a spanning between structure and nature, but also an expression of human place, which I believe architecture should be.

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