School of art and architecture: Interface between space and light in the school of art and architecture

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Khan, Muhammad Faheem
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Pretty, Annabel
Pusateri, John
Masters Thesis
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Unitec Institute of Technology
Mount Albert (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
New Zealand
architecture and light
schools of art
school building design
architecture students
art education
architecture and space
light in architecture
architecture education
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Khan, M. F. (2021). School of art and architecture: Interface between space and light in the school of art and architecture. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
RESEARCH QUESTION How can the integration of space and light help to form a building typology for a combined school of art and architecture? ABSTRACT The shapes present in the architecture of an academic building present unique psychological indications. These shapes can be natural, geometric, or abstract. Light and shadow form a contrast and interrelate with conditions which augment dramatic tensions to a space giving a powerful artistic impact to its architecture. The light used can influence students in terms of their sense of space by providing prominence to textures of architectural material. The presentation of the natural colour of materials and light in various ways can create a soothing multi-dimensional effect in a building. Similarly, shadows can change visual effects, which enriches a narrow space by overlapping light and darkness. Shadows are, therefore, another form of light in space The architectural impact of the school on the overall process of learning is vast. When the built-in structure is integrated well with nature, it gives a mental boost to the student and enhances the learning process. The students feel more connected when allowed to interact with nature or when the building promotes the natural phenomena around the students and classrooms; the narrow and dark classrooms can bound students' mental capacities to feel less comfortable and disconnected from their surroundings. Proper light and windows with ventilation and trees around the classroom provide a calming sensation and mental boost. This research explores creating interconnected, diverse learning spaces in an Art and Architecture school building to enhance the practicality of learning. The design also looks at connected areas with natural light for Art and Architecture students to broaden the learning circle and students' vision into interdisciplinary. The collaborative environment created in these interdisciplinary spaces enhances the communication skills of the students. These interdisciplinary spaces may also prevent students' hesitation and foster them with some tested confidence.
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