When discussing the proposed Design Thinking space, it’s vital that the addition fit in with the entire complex. The new space will be viewed in context with the entire campus, so it should add to, not detract from, the unity of the buildings in this Green Street complex.
This first diagram shows foot traffic, and comments on the plan of pathways in this area. For the most part, people enter the complex from the same direction, along one wide pathway that flows into every other space (except for the side of Scott – we only see a thin walkway). We notice that the proposed DT space is not visible from the main entrance to the complex. The current layout frames Scott Gym as the destination, with its one wide avenue leading directly up to its warm and welcoming doors, and everything else as a stop along the way. If we’re looking to lead people to a location that they can’t see, we have to be cognizant of the signals we’re giving off with the current pattern of pathways. In the future, perhaps we need to consider a path that leads past Scott and flows around it, connecting the campus with the parking lot beyond. Would more people see this site that way?
The second diagram shows axis and datum – the unseen lines that connect the buildings. The Schacht Health Center, the most recent addition to the area, maintained the same datum as the face of Scott Gym, and one of the diagonal walls lies on an axis that bisects the corner of Sage Hall at a 45 degree angle reminiscent of the Ainsworth roofline. It’s the job of a designer to come up with a new space that works in the roughly pentagonal space left over, maintaining these patterns in order to keep the space unified and to keep traffic flowing smoothly.