Different perspective of Erimtan Museum

It has been a very busy week, but what we’ve done was worth it. As I told you, we went to Erimtan Museum and we rather than just walking around and enjoying the moment, that day we tried to analyse the horizontal surfaces which has relation with human experiences.

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We were asked to produce a model in a specific scale by using average measurements. We took notes by the help of tape measure and our body 😀 and did sketches. We counted our steps and jumped to touch to the ceiling.

We tried to understand how a human’s movement was changed and what was the reason of that change. Visual experiences also had importance in our study and we tried to relate each floor with each other. Erimtan Museum wasn’t the only zone, path to Kale and inside it was other two zones to be compared with the museum. After gathering all the details and criticising them, we decided to examine the area in the following three topics:

  • number of people moving
  • number of possible directions
  • speed of movement

and we defined them all as dense spaces.

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Change in the elevations of horizontal surfaces was an important detail that catched our attention right away.  Some of the archeological pieces were placed on the eye level; some were placed lower, so looking down was a necessity and some were on top of very high shelfs, so moving one’s head upwards was the only way. Waist leveled drawers can also be an example. Human movement and directionality is the other two reasons to be considered as a factor of horizontal surfaces.

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So, let’s go back to that phrase: density of spaces. The model was made in two parts, so the model will be more legible. One of the piece contained information of Erimtan Museum and it’s garden and the other piece was for the surrounding castle area. We showed each floor as a one layer in the model and we kept the shape of the plan constant. Rather than abstracting the building, we decided to abstract the bodily experiences and visual experiences. The layering system is also used to distinct areas that are dense. Everything on the model was made by referring to a scale. Eventually human scale was formed and gained importance. The heights of layers ( not the one’s which represent floor) in the building  were defined by horizontal surfaces. The rise in the density of the layers was parallel with the idea of increase in the movement because of speed and freedom. For instance, if we look to the Cafe of Erimtan, there is a dense human stream and a big range of possiable directions. That’s why that zone in the model is double layered.

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While we were walking in the museum, we realised that there was a force which directed us to make rectangular walking path with smooth turns. The gap at the entrance, which also allowed to see one floor below, is the reason for that movement. In the middle floor, the way the shelfs and the showcases are placed is the reason for that floor and, for the basement floor the showcase which is in the middle of the room and the headstones which are exhibited by leaning on the walls are the reason for that kind of movement.

Last of all, walking from museum to the Kale, we had to give a lot more effort when compared with walking on a non inclined street. We had to claim a road and repeated that bodily movement along the way. To this respect, that zone has similar system with the stairs in the museum. Density of the planes increase according to this principle and, again the height difference is related with human scale.

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 The longidutional drawing of Erimtan Musuem and it's surronding area by expressing the bodily and visual relations 

I will be posting some diagrams related what I gained through this assigment. Keep in touch with me. 🙂

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