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This was a project for a drawing class to analyze Rapson Hall through value and diagrammatic drawing studies.
Rapson Hall Value and Diagrammatic Study
Fall 2010
Assignment: Through diagrams and value drawings, analyze the way in which light travels through Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus.

I analyzed this path of light throughout the space through several diagrammatic studies:

1) I first focused on a singular path of light through three aligned windows. These windows created a volumetric bar of light penetrating the  space.
2) I then analyzed the progression of sunlight at different times of the day, and how this path of light is consequently affected.
3) Then, I decided to incorporate the entire addition to Rapson Hall, where I noticed a circulation of light throughout the space.
4) I further incorporated architectural elements in my analysis, such as wall and ceiling placements, to see how the light was affected.
5) I then noticed that the light was more than a simple path, but also created a volume of space both in the path of light, and in the void created in the center.
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Factors such as window placement, building shape, and varying ceiling planes influenced the creation of my final diagrammatic study. Through careful design and placement of these architectural elements, a circulation of light was created, binding a new space in the center.
After analyzing various paths of sunlight, I found that the light acts as a circulation pattern through the area, becoming its own natural entity that defines a void in the center. Small architectural details, such as the window placement and glossy finish on the floor, further emphasize this quality of light throughout the space.