Studio - Design VI | Sound Building Integrated Studio
Awards - Design Excellence Winner
Program - Roller Skating and Bowling Alley
Team - Individual
Duration - 14 Weeks
Bowling and Roller Skating - two programs loaded with preconceved nothions. Notions about culture, music, clothing, and design. Both of these programs also come with constants; things that we accept about their being without question. This project is about changing those contants in order to create new experiences as opposed to recreating the typological norm.
The design process started with thinking about each of the programs and the design experiences that we accpet whole heartedly. These were the the conclusions that were arrived at:
Bowling - The design of almost every bowling alley sets up the activity to be expereienced in a one point perspective where much of the three dimensionality, and therefore thrill, of throwing a ball through space in a building is lost.
Skating - The design of most skating rinks (roller or ice) lend themselves to a repetative experience of space - the skating rink therefore becomes much like a nascar track. The possibilities for new spacial expereiences while moving at a reletively high speed are therefore, hindered.
In the project, the design gives the occupants a new experience of these programs through a morphological manipulation of these old typologies. Bowling is celebrated and experienced perpendicular to the motion line of the ball; giving a new three dimensional understanding of the game. While skating is designed in a way to give a new "track" or "route" experience to the users everytime they return. This changing of the path in turn creates a changing experience of the building where Waller Creek is seen through a new eyes with every lap.
All other design moves have been aimed to enhace and encourage these unconventional experiences of these familiar programs.