The Westminster Campus is set on a sprawling 180 acres, and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the resources open to students, faculty, and alumni is a trail that weaves through the campus. This trail runs through a forest, and includes a stream. For my architecture class project I identified the need for a hiking cabin to be located along the trail to increase the safety and student use of this resource. The following links support the need for students to interact with the outdoors.
In the early 1980s, a Harvard University biologist named Edward O. Wilson proposed a theory called biophilia: that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings. Many 21st century parents, however, would question this theory, as they watch their kids express a clear preference for sitting on a couch in front of a screen over playing outside.
This structure would create a place for storing medical supplies, include a bathroom, a telephone, and a place to go on the trail.
In addition to providing emergency supplies and making the trail safer, this cabin
would also serve to encourage interaction with nature, and healthy lifestyles in general. This building would provide students with a place to go on the trail, and thus increase student use of this resource. It would also allow teachers to incorporate a different sort of classroom experience by bringing students to the cabin to work on science projects or research.
The site for my project is a clearing on the trail that is located next to a small river. It does not have access to electricity, plumbing, etc, and is also a flood plain.
Initial Bubble Diagram:
This was the original brainstorm sketch for the rooms that would be included in my final project. The design has changed pretty drastically since then. The cabin is comprised of two parts: the main cabin and a smaller room located on the river.
These drawings are the site plan and floor plan for my project and communicate more clearly the exact location of the building, as well as the different spaces of the cabin.
These are the elevation drawings that show what my original ideas for how the cabin would look were.
As part of the design process, I used hot glue and cardboard to create a physical model of my design to finetune the details and see whether or not my ideas were actually plausible.
Revised Site Plan and Floor Plan:
After researching the various resources available in Georgia, I decided on using these for my project. They are reflected in my Sketch Up Model below.
Sketch Up Model:
Liberty Cedar Specialty Wood Products
Northwoods Figured Wood
The Stone Store