Retrete by Nicholas Oxley

The goal of this project was to start with a solid mass and use carving operations to create volumes defining the interior and exterior of an artist retreat. To accommodate our eyes, the brain, ear canals, and the back of our spinal cord, the skull is almost carved in order to form space inside what it protects. In this respect, the response to this brief sparked associations of how the skull is organized in and around solid/void relationships, based on programmatic function. This semester we looked at how lines can form internal spines that can coordinate a single object. The coordination of this retreat had a sole purpose which was to provide an interior (and exterior in this case) that could display works by artists as well as offer a space to create.

2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

Nicholas Oxley
Architecture/Interior Design Foundation II
Instructor: Clay Odom