Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Studio 505 | Summer 2014
DATE: July 7th, 2014 - August 7th, 2014
PROFESSOR: Roberto Castillo
LOCATION: Atchison, Kansas
MEDIA: Revit, Photoshop, & Illustrator
PROCESS: My immediate response to the site was an interest in three things: the flow of the topography lines over the steep incline, the fast moving north to south flow of the Missouri River, and the way in which air flows over the curve of an airplane wing. I knew that I wanted to emphasize the existing terrace on the site by terracing the whole site and allowing the movement of those terraced lines to dictate the form of the building. I also wanted to include an outdoor element by creating an amphitheater that would be accessible to the public and could be utilized as a venue for the annual Amelia Earhart Festival. As my concept developed it became crucial that the flow of these lines be experienced both on the exterior as well as the interior. The building was terraced as a continuation of the landscaping and the exterior facade was designed to replicate the movement of both the horizontal and vertical planes of those terraced steps. The concrete beams, clad in thin limestone panels, visually continue the horizontal planes of each terraced step across the building. The roof and North/South walls visually continue the horizontal planes of the terracing. The roof design allows for natural light to enter the building, first through a perforated metal screen, then through a layer of glazing, before bouncing off the internal light diffusers. The light diffusers help to continue the visual experience of the flowing lines through the interior of the building. I wanted the east facade to be operable to allow for natural ventilation. The curtain wall panels in the bumped out portion of the building rotate and accordion fold on a track that would allow them to rotate so that they could be opened and used to create a vent or slide all the way to the north wall to open the east wall completely. The final design incorporated this idea but at a smaller scale with a bump out in the facade that allowed for both East And South walls to be opened.
AWARDS: 2nd Place in the 3rd Annual Student Competition - AIA Kansas October 2014