The Samuel Morse Pavilion was part of a final assignment in an undergraduate course which introduced AutoDesk Revit, an architecture software popular in the architecture and construction industry. The software is known to be useful in design-build firms, which often specialize in planning the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems after the architectural blueprints have been drafted. The exterior shell was made using ‘Conceptual Massing’, which is a ‘sandbox’ feature in Revit that allows the creation of many different unusual shapes. After a mass is formed, walls and windows can then be placed onto the form’s skin.
The purpose of the conceptual building was to act as both a monument to a great American inventor, as well as a place for work. The idea behind the shape was that the plan view would have two major inter-acting petal shapes, connected by a curtain wall atrium. The staggered windows on the shell signify Samuel Morse’s contributions in developing the telegraph, and the fluidity of the Pavilion’s shape represent Morse’s love of nature and art, as he was also known as an accomplished painter.
2014, Nicholas Garaycochea