The Boston Architectural College - 320 Newbury Street - Boston MA 02115 - USA

Making as a Way of Thinking – In Two Places

Jan 29, 2009

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BAC Spring 2009 Studio 



Forge Area 1,152 sf

(12) forge workplaces approximately 8’x12’ each. Each workplace may have a forge and flue, or 2 workplaces may share a forge and flue. Forges are fueled with coal.

Common Fabrication Area 3,000 sf

adjacent to forge workplaces. In this space are located shared pieces of equipment such as compression hammer, grinders, cutting tools, etc. Connections for power, compressed air and gas.

Welding Area 600 sf

adjacent to common fabrication area. Benches, grinders, power and gas connections

Tool Room 240 sf

for storage and check out for tool use daily

Office 200 sf

(2) @ 120 sf each, for resident artist and studio manager


male: 1 wc, 1 urinal, 2 lavatories, shower 200 sf

female: 2 wc, 2 lavatories, shower 250 sf

Sand Blasting Area

should be remote from main building 200 sf

Coal Storage

can be remote from main building 200 sf

Mechanical Compressor Room

generates compressed air 800 sf


for instruction, sketching, critiques 800 sf

Circulation Area

Allowance 1,200 sf

Covered Loading Dock 200 sf

Total 8,152 sf

Outdoor Areas*

Porches for working

Porches for relaxing

Outdoor Metal Storage

* areas to be determined by designer


Overhead Crane

for lifting items up to 5 tons

Daylight, Fresh Air

see notes for a sustaining studio


the building should be durable

and fire resistant.


Students may pick anywhere in the cleared meadow to

place their building. A goal of the project is to protect

and conserve the landscape of the Black and Roan

Mountains where Penland is located. Expansive views

are available from the site. How do we build in a way

that enhances the environment? For centuries

Southerners have summered in the mountains to

escape the sultry heat of the lowlands. Cool breezes in

spring, summer and fall can ventilate the studio and

eliminate the need for air-conditioning. Rainwater is

plentiful, 50 inches per year, but precious. Rainwater

harvesting is a possibility. Covered outdoor work areas

can provide shelter from the rain.


SITE PLAN—showing the structural and spatial organization

and its interface with the surrounding context.

ROOF PLAN—showing the serial and tectonic

character of the program components.

ARCHITECTURAL PLANS—showing all program

elements, , structure, circulation, and spaces.


location(s) of cut-throughs at designer’s discretion.



DIAGRAMS—showing interrelationship of the

program components, facility types, and spaces.

ADDITIONAL IMAGES—at designer’s discretion

Develop and Present all drawings at a legible size and

scale, in relation to design intent, and keeping with

requirements for presentation.


Entries must be presented in the form of an 11" x 17"

booklet with horizontal orientation and firmly bound

with plastic binder strip on left 11" side. Carefully edit

your presentation to include only the essential content.

The Design Solution Summary described below is to be

integrated into your presentation booklet. The concepts

described must be clearly visible in your drawings and

supplemented by your narrative. Presentation techniques

used should always be subordinate to the ideas

communicated. Maximum of 6 pages plus cover. A page

is defined as one side of a sheet. Your presentation is to

be submitted and will be judged in hard copy format. To

assist in archiving and publication of entries, you must

also submit a copy of your presentation in electronic

format (.jpg) on a compact disc.

Each 11" x 17" page at 150 dpi (RGB preferred.)


A brief text of no more than 288 words may accompany

the drawings, describing the most important features

of your design solution.

A Blacksmithing Studio at Penland North Carolina

“Don’t ask me about this building or that one, don’t look at what I do, see what I see.”  Luis Barragán