Case Study: Re-Imagined

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This exercise re-imagines a previously digitally modeled space as it is taken over by a new program.
Assessment objectives
  • Understanding of 3d modeling tools and techniques
  • Ability to accurately describe the different spatial and programmatic elements of the newly designed space
  • Arguably "sell" the new design by incorporating style and evocative drawings the properly explain and showcase the new spaces and program
Exercise Type Project
Evaluation Criteria
High Pass
Final drawings are well drawn and thoroughly encompass the new design ideas and concept
Final drawings incorporate style but are not precisely represented or finished.
Low Pass
The overall concept is unclear, the final drawings are lacking in detail or precision.
Final drawings are unfinished.
Uses Tool(s) Tool:Rhino v4.x , Tool:Illustrator CS5 , Tool:Photoshop CS5
Uses Workflow(s)

The world is constantly changing and our surrounding architecture often has to keep up by quickly switching programs around to cater to the ever-changing environment. How could your case study building adapt to drastic change with minimal formal changes? What aspects of the building provide for opportunistic and creative programming?

This exercise is a challenge in re-interpertation and representation. Taking on the new program listed for your case study below, imagine how the original architecture could be subtley changed to provide for the new tasks at hand. How could these changes and ideas be best described?

De Young Museum
Lifestyles of the Rich + Famous

After admission prices to the museum continue to increase in attempt to save the public nature of the museum, the De Young Museum finally accepts an offer from a wealthy art patron to become the most desired piece of upscale residential real estate in San Francisco. Along with redesigning the Museum into the client's "Home Sweet Home", students should define the character of the client themselves: is it a family? A celebrity? A billionaire from the tech industry? Necessary changes to the building must include the following:

  • Minimum three bedrooms
  • Minimum four bathrooms
  • Garage for two cars (or more)
  • Private, personal gallery
  • Upscale kitchen and dining
  • Entertainment spaces (example: private movie theater, hot tub room, badminton garden, etc)
St. Marys Cathedral
Zombie Safe House

Within the span of a fortnight, the city of San Francisco has been taken over by our worst nightmare: Zombies. Just like in the movies, healthy citizens are fleeing all over the city in attempt to save themselves from the ferocious and disgusting appetite of the ever growing zombie appetite. Perched at the top of the hill, St. Marys has quickly transformed into a safe haven for these citizens. Redesign the building to provide the following necessities:

  • Temporary sleeping area filled with cots
  • Increased protection from outside terrors
  • Basic services for the inhabitants (food, water, bathing)
BAM Univeristy Art Museum
Student Center

After numerous troublesome years of student protests, the University decides to give back to the student class by redesigning the abandoned University Art Museum into a Student Center designed and programmed by the students themselves. Consider what you think is missing on campus and what the students of Berkeley could really use to enjoy life just a little bit more. Spaces should be a mixture of public and private activities. Consider some of the following to be included:

  • A new outdoor sports bar with a projector screen to play Cal sports games on the side of the exterior of the building
  • A performance space for student choirs and acapella groups
  • A sunroof with Tiki Bar for daytime tanning and gathering.


All of the submission deadlines in the schedule below are in preparation for the Final Pin-Up, August 6 + 8. Students should be consistently considering the final deliverables and use each weekly assignment to ask questions and challenge decisions that will affect the final drawings.

Week One - July 16 / 18
Digital Re-Model: Students should re-model the existing Case Study model to incorporate the new programmatic changes. Students may also want to sketch on previous plans and sections to describe the new concepts and ideas. Please also write 300 words describing the new design ideas and how the re-design encapsulates the overall concept (this may include describing the new tenants, your perspective of the current status of the world, or the most important / captivating programmatic additions).
Week Two - July 23 / 25
Revised Plans + Sections: New section cuts into the building should emphasize the conceptual changes as well as the primary physical changes to the space. These should be printed at 1' = 1/16".
Week Three - July 30 / Aug 1
Perspective Drawings OR Axonometric drawing: 3d images that incorporate views inside or outside of the digital model should showcase specific conceptual ideas that are not thoroughly represented in the previous plans and sections.
Week Four - Final Review - Aug 6 / 8
See final deliverables below


  • A single architectural presentation composed of several drawing-images that work together to form a cohesive whole. This must be combined into one digitally-printed board, 30" x 40", in either portrait or landscape format. At minimum, this board must include the following drawing types:
    • Existing Plans + Sections, retraced (one set for the whole group), 1'=1/16"
    • One Plan that clearly emphasizes the conceptual changes to the original case study building, 1'=1/16"
    • One Section that clearly emphasizes the conceptual changes to the original case study building, 1'=1/8"
    • One perspective image (either exterior or interior) OR axonometric image, printed 11" x 17" or larger