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Asia Burgin, Kelsey Halla, Tim Smela


Burgin, Halla and Smela joined forces to compete in the spring 2016 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture competition called “Farnsworth House: New Visitor Experience. Preservation as Provocation.” The team completed the project as part of their architecture third year studio coursework taught by Associate Professor R. O’Neal Dagg. Project drawings represent the team’s design for a new visitor center for the iconic Farnsworth House, which was designed by the late German-American architect Mies van der Rohe. Built in 1950, the Farnsworth House is located in Plano, IL on the bank of the Fox River outside of Chicago. Originally built as a residence for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the house became known as an architectural masterwork that exemplified the essence of Modern Architecture in the mid-century. The team’s architecture utilizes a design and a concept of material ambiguity in order to blend and camouflage into the site during the day. At night, the interior architecture reveals itself through the mirrored glass exterior and highlights “Miesian” minimalism through spaces, furnishings and ambient lighting.

Even Less is More, Digital drawings and models, 20”x20” boards, 2016

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