Enveloping Space – Lisa Christin Laue


An RPI studio in which students have study classical geometrical relationships from the Baroque period paired with modern day scripting has yielded some amazing student works.  Much like Andrew Saunders “Re-interpreting the Baroque” studio, Lisa Christin Laue broke down Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini. We see a simple investigation into geometrical evolution from its simplest form,  and to the radically pushed ornamental extreme through scripting.  The result looks like a pavilion straight out  of OZ, but the layering and spatial control of interior exterior envelopes is what draws you in.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Lisa-Christin Laue
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PROFESSORS: Brian de Luna


“The beginning of the studio was spent analyzing the interior envelopes of a precedent of our choice from the baroque period. I chose Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini for its sophisticated geometric relationships consisting of equilateral triangles and circles.



Through this analysis a primitive consisting of several layers of space, ranging from the orange, larger, more open to light, public spaces to the teal, smaller, filtered light, more private spaces, was generated. The white middle layer evolved into the circulation that would reach out and morph into a pedal, becoming a way of connecting individual units with each other.


To allow for a variety of programmatic needs, many primitives where clustered, and a scale shift was introduced. The white layer now also morphs down to create the structure to hold up the cloud of primitives. This allows for the structure to filter light and create an environment below as well as inside. One must first experience the space below in order to enter the building and once inside, the experience becomes not only about the envelopes of the structure, but also the sky above and the water below.” – Lisa Christin Laue

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