Martha’s Vineyard Art Museum is my fifth semester studio at GSD, supervised by critic Maryann Thompson. Martha’s Vineyard is off the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, a popular resort island for the rich and privileged. The 2,000 square feet museum is to be built on the northern slope of a low-rising terrain known as Menemsha Hills.
Fifteen options are tested to fit the program to the site. The design of choice attempts to achieve the following effects: 1. Nestle fractured ground planes into the ridge to speak of the site; 2. Disperse spaces in the forest to make interesting perspective and side views possible; 3. Create “hide and reveal” effect by winding corridor and outdoor walk ways; 4. Position summer-only program on north-facing slope for energy saving design; 5. Encourage interaction between artists and visitors by distributing studios along the main circulation.
Programs that have a functional requirement on low ceiling height are positioned on the north, while the programs that require high ceilings are positioned on the south. The height difference between the two, multiplied by the sloping site, allows large north-facing skylight for the studios. The orientation and footprint of each program element vary according to the topos of the terrain. The winding corridor and outdoor walk ways serve as the organizational connection of all program elements.