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3 new Options - INSIDE
Pavilion One
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On January 20th, Johnsonville selected the navCenter INSIDE design for construction. We are proceeding with this solution, entering into Design Development immediately with the goal of achieving substantial completion and opening by September 16, 2009. Pavilion One, EarthWorks and the Palomares House drawings and narratives will be completed for documentation purposes as time allows.

As a solution, Inside was the first conceived, the last developed, and the least likely of the three stand alone building designs to be selected. It slowly grew on all of us and emerged as the best solution in the end. This exemplifies why a through and deliberate design and selection process, at the beginning of a project, cannot be rushed as it so often is. Ideas need time to mature and settle into the mind, to be tested by modeling and dialog and compared, in an evenhanded way, with several serious alternatives.
The Johnsonville Organizational Development and learning Team will engage with the MGT/AI/TSM Architecture Team on May 4th through the 6th at our Nashville Studio to design the “built-to” Program for INSIDE Phases I, II, and III.

Matt Taylor
April 20, 2009

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Designed and to be Built From the Ground Up
Three designs, out of a group of five prospects, were conceived more or less at the same time yet developed in the order presented in the Options MATRIX: Pavilion One, EarthWorks and Inside.
As I proceeded, after the designs were initially drawn, I worked back and forth among them taking the best features from each and incorporating them into the others. All three of these buildings share the same architectural grammar and materials and methods of construction. Each is different in size, complexity to build, site location, orientation and how the functions are weighted and served.
The following is a brief narrative with screen shots from the 3d Model of the INSIDE design. The latest SketchUp Model of this work can be down loaded by clicking on the graphic below:
This document was posted April 5, 2009 and will take several days to reach a basic level of completion along with its companion pages on Pavilion and EarthWorks. Check often to see the final Preliminary development of these design take place.
Note: as the 3d Models are brought up to date the graphics below will be updated with color, furniture, details and planting
The Site
INSIDE is designed to be built on Campus, taking advantage of utilities and providing closer access to Johnsonville Members. It is recommended that the front Entry be oriented toward the Global Headquarters and the Entry/Exit, shown at left, toward the production facilities. This Entry, through a covered Court Yard area is the best access to the distributed CyberCafe resources. In terms of sun, how the building is pointed does not matter. Inside is focused inside. Its glass, placed as a horizontal band circumventing the building on top of the pre cast concrete walls, is protected by roof overhang. A skylight provides light into the center of the space and a series of light tubes will light the interior paramete and and inside face of the pre cast Concrete walls. It is presumed that Inside will be set in an environment of predominately hard surfaces. Therefore, it is placed in a 122 foot square of landscaping which terminates in a 45 degree sloped 8 foot high earth berm. This setting defines the place, attenuates noise and provides a boundary outside the high glass when the trees have matured. Inside becomes part of the Campus and sits in a way which gives it a special emphasis. This setting is, in effect, a large factor in the navCenter COMMONS branding, its sense of place.
Both entry ways into Inside are the physical manifestation of a process which facilitates a shift in focus. Going in and out of a building involves the same issues of interface as does moving from screen to screen on a computer. In modern architecture, unfortunately, this is often neglected. Each of the two entry/exits assume a different relationship with the building and campus; each “tells” a different story. The purpose of this entry/exit ritual and pattern language is to move from the consciousness of the moment to another appropriate for the activities ahead. Doing this, coming in and going out, is equally important. Entry is an overture. Exit, the soundtrack and titles recapitulating what you just experienced. In our society, great care is exercised with these transitions in art, theatre, TV, advertising, social and political events. In the built environment it is rarely considered. Inside is a personal, intimate space - both oasis and sunlit cave - an “off campus” experience in the center of a busy manufacturing and business place. Transitions should be distinct yet modulated with awareness of the surrounds carefully constructed with the right balance of prospect and refuge. Total isolation will not serve nor will distractions. Inside shelters the specific activities taking place within its domain.
The Main Space
Being inside INSIDE is to be in an unusual and unexpectedly dramatic space. Almost the entire parameter is landscaping either at floor level or on top of portions of the Learning Rooms, Offices and Kitchen. This ring of green “matches” the surround of exterior landscaping. In the center of the Main Room is the Radiant Room, the principle large group collaboration space. The CyberCafe spaces and Learning rooms “square” this circle. Over the center of the Radiant Room is the skylight which will capture light from all directions.
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Learning Rooms
The Learning Rooms are designed to provide one primary and two secondary functions. As their name denotes, they are first and foremost instructional spaces which can be closed off to provide several graduated degrees of acoustical and visual privacy. The support modalities of the instructional process include, lecture, multimedia, dialog, seminar configuration and team activities. The room is design and will be equipped to switch setups to support these different modalities in a matter of minutes. In additional to Instructional work, the Learning Rooms can be set up to support collaborative design - either as a project room or as a breakout space for a larger exercise - and as a one or two persona “office” space. In this latter case, individually “owned” rolling Dogs (with files and individual tool kits) can be rolled out of storage.
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Leadership Team Offices
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Radiant Room
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Terrace and CyberCafe Areas
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Restrooms, Kitchen & Utilities
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HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical
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Roof and Lighting
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While a flexible space, capable of supporting many different tasks tasks simultaneously and enhanced with many private niches, INSIDE is an intimate place conveying, to each person in the environment, the sense of what is going on throughout the entire space. The distributed CyberCafe in the various informal “green” areas add to this gestalt.
The second level Loft Sitting Areas, accessible via the Spiral Stairway Book Case Unit (employed once in Pavilion), adds to this personal-work-within-a community pattern language.
posted: April 5, 2009 • revised: April 23, 2009 • this document is 25% complete


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