School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: Construction Documentation of the Weisman

  • Matthew Thompson

Construction Documentation of the Weisman

ARCH3250

Associate Professor, Emeritus
Steve Weeks


Course Description:
Of necessity, one of the major outcomes of any design process is making the conception become a reality, testing it at various scales, with different media, materials and methods of construction. This ‘making of intentions’, the subject of this Design Workshop, uses the expansion for the Weisman Art Museum (expansion and original designed by Frank Gehry with HGA Architects) as the subject of critical readings and analysis of representational documents and field studies of construction processes.

The project’s goal is to re-depict Gehry’s construction drawings of the Weisman in order to discover not only new measures for recording the complex stages of construction, but also to communicate the accuracy, quality and intentions of the predicted work.

With the work divided into three stages, students first deciphered the Weisman original set of construction documents 1990-92, , and the bid-set for the expansion already under construction to describe the design and spatial relationships between old and the new. The second more refined drawing developed a particular detail or condition, such as the Target Gallery, the caissons, the massive concrete supports, the brick gallery walls, the bridge skirts, or the steel skylights.



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