Schematic Design - Edward Chen

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Edward Chen
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Journal Entry For
Module 5/6 - Building Layout & Circulation Systems
Jan 28, 2022 6:06 AM
Last Edited
Feb 1, 2022 1:17 AM

At this stage I have most of the building layout in place. As discussed in my last journal page, the building is located near the Stanford Dish and faces northeast toward the Stanford campus and the Bay. Looking from the northeast, this is what the building currently looks like.


The building has two arms, each with two levels (3 levels in total). The two arms are connected at the 2nd level. Due to the sloped topography, part of the building will be underground. The front faces downhill and consists of curtain walls that provide an open view. The main entrance is in the back, facing the uphill.

I started with some simple sketches/diagrams like these:

Clockwise from top left: 2nd floor layout, 3rd floor layout, overall layout, 1st floor layout.
Clockwise from top left: 2nd floor layout, 3rd floor layout, overall layout, 1st floor layout.

Despite some minor changes, the model in Revit came out similar to the sketches above.

My space budget spreadsheet is linked below. I aimed for about 35k sf in total.

The current Revit model is at around 32k sf without counting the roof, patio, and other outdoor spaces. Below is the current space schedule.


Key highlights of design considerations:

  • Different sections of the buildings have different intended uses. The East Wing of the building mainly consists of exhibition spaces and an atrium. The North Wing has all the offices, education rooms, and meeting rooms at one level and entertainment/relaxation spaces at another level.
  • The elevator and the staircase at the center of the building span all 3 floors and provide direct access to different sections of the building. A staircase at the end of the East Wing connects the 1st and 2nd levels. Another staircase at the end of the North Wing connects the 2nd and 3rd levels.
  • There are three exits: one at the center of the building and two others at the end of the North Wing and the East Wing, respectively.
  • Restrooms, storage, and mechanical rooms are located at the center of the building.
  • All offices and conference spaces will have north/east windows and thus access to daylight.
  • The atrium at the East Wing, the lobby, the gift shop, the kid zone, and the cafe are all next to the curtain walls where open view is available.
  • All spaces with intended occupancy ≥50 have at least 2 entrances/exits.

Notes from check-in session:

  • walls vs. glass curtain - explore window to wall ratio scenarios
  • maybe openstudio - integration with Revit