Category Archive: Sam Arsenault-Brassard

Margaret Esherick Addition

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Over the last semester I’ve analyzed the Margaret Esherick house, built by legendary architect Louis Kahn. The house is located in Philadelphia, in a lavish neighborhood abutting the mysterious Pastorius park. Through my… Continue reading

Esherick House Addition Massing Models 3 & 4

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3rd iteration I cut and folded paper in order to stray from my previous concepts and return to the ideas expressed in my generative detail. The flexibility of the thinner paper compared to… Continue reading

Massing Models 1 & 2

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This week’s exercise consists of determining a program/function for an addition measure about 1/4 to 1/3 of the Margaret Esherick House and building some preliminary models responding to the schedule. I’ve decided to… Continue reading

Sam – Generative Detail

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Our assignment this week consists of creating a generative detail that will inform the spirit of our architectural addition. We are now mirroring our analysis procedure. ANALYZE: Analyze Esherick house analyze a detail… Continue reading

Pallasmaa’s “The Eyes of the Skin”

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In his polemical book, The Eyes of the Skin, Juhanni Pallasmaa attempts to reintegrate the sensual modalities of the body in today’s architectural discourse and practice. He argues that the spaces of today… Continue reading

Light Analysis, Glare Panels

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The reading week assignment is a further exploration of our architectural concept. In my case, lighting. I’ve chosen to take on two main facets of lighting in the Esherick house: The research and… Continue reading

Kahn – Interests, Influences & Precedents

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Interests Music Played piano and used its systems of composition, pattern and harmony to describe his ideas. “Mozarts’ compositions are designs the are exercises of order – intuitive Design encourages more designs Designs… Continue reading

Esherick – Site Analysis

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204 Sunrise Lane Philadelphia, PA, 19118, USA The Margaret Esherick house is located in a lavish and quiet neighborhood. Instead of backyard neighbors, the site abuts onto Pastorius Park. Environment Location Weather Solar… Continue reading

Esherick – Formal Analysis – Part 2

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VERTICAL ANALYSIS HORIZONTAL ANALYSIS CENTRAL ANALYSIS  

Esherick – Formal Analysis – Part 1

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Reconciliation of Opposites Serving and Served Spaces The Esherick house is a simple rectangular module. Being one of Kahn’s late residential project, it clearly applies a mature manifestation of the served and serving… Continue reading

Golden Dust

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Alexandra Tyng is the daughter of Anne Tyng & Louis I. Kahn. She wrote Beginnings: Louis I. Kahn’s Philosophy of Architecture as her undergraduate thesis. At one point, it recalls how Kahn met… Continue reading

Handcrafted Digitalism

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Ludvík Koutný is a young self-taught computer modelling artist based in the Czech Republic. He produced a full set of rendering for the Esherick house based on his carefully researched and crafted 3d… Continue reading

Esherick Corner

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I’ve chosen to explore the corner joint detail of the wooden beam resting exposed on the wall. The actual wall is made of CMUs (Concrete Masonry Units), the exterior is coated in stucco… Continue reading

Glare and Acoustic Barrier Screen

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Khan used natural light in every room if possible, he believed that only the light of the sun could give life to a room and make it truly “architecture”. Despite his appreciation for… Continue reading

Sam’s Bibliography

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Brownlee and De Long. 1997. Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli Burton, Josheph. 1983. “Notes from Volume Zero: Louis Kahn and the Language of God.” Perspecta, Vol 20,… Continue reading