Deafspace - Individuality + integration - Gallaudet University

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Asta Kronborg Trillingsgaard
  • Alessia Chiambretto
4. term, Architecture, Master (Master Programme)
This Master thesis evolves from the use of the Deafspace
Design Principles, developed by Hansel Bauman, Gallaudet
University, in implementation with architectural elements
to create a similar perception of space for both
hearing and deaf individuals and, therefore, to enhance the
same behavior. This takes its departure by addressing the
primary senses to extend the sensory reach of deaf individuals
in a new development lot of Gallaudet University
in Washington DC, USA. This has led toward a new high
building density area, which fulfills the future development
plans for the campus and city. The project focus in detail
on the university parcel placed in a close connection to the
gateway plaza, which serves as the new official entrance
to the campus.
The university parcel consists of teaching facilities, a cafeteria
and a visitor center. These units are joined by the
gateway pavillion, which contrasts the three massive and
enclosed volumes in shape, material and architectonic expression.
This approach informes about the technical focus of the
project, where a number of materials and constructive
solutions for different parts of the envelope have been
studied in order to arise the sensorial awareness and open
a more informative and intuitive dialectic with the users.
Tectonic solutions for deafspace architecture have been
implemented from the urban scale to the construction detail,
addressing the sensorial perception as the main driver
throughout the whole design process.
Publication date25 May 2016
Number of pages172
ID: 234001530