Commodity = Function
Firmness = Structure + Stability
Delight = Aesthetics + Form and Surface
I took a secondary "tour" by myself to reevaluate what we had learned. Based on the ideas, I chose to discuss the music building entrance as the space where these three concepts are epitomized. The school of music sits at one end of College Avenue, one of the main Axes through campus. This shows the importance of the school of music to the university.
The base of the column like entrance even goes out into the landscape.
These bands are continued in the flooring inside the building which adds to the sense of Delight.
Once you enter the building you are greeted with this view. An enormous amount of Light is present which registers at the top of my delight scale. The use of groves and stacks is very evident here. Even down to the legs of the chairs in the space. This is the space where my eyes dart around constantly. There is something grabbing my attention everywhere, which is very delightful.
The commodity of this space is for it to act as an entrance for the building. It provides shelter, comfort, protection, and a sense of belonging as well. Here, a gathering space is created for the auditorium and the main axis through the building begins as well. Large crowds gather here and move through here on a continual basis and the space functions extremely well in this regard.
One thing that I find extremely interesting is that the pipe organ and organ recital hall are enclosed in the entrance column. Circles mark spaces that are sacred to us. It took the university over 30 years to raise the funds to purchase the organ. I think that it is fitting that something that took that long to obtain and which is regarded in such a high status resides in such a space. Another interesting idea that relates to the commodity is the lack of noise in the building. While I was taking pictures the organ was being played and you could barely hear it when you were right next to the doors into the chamber.
Overall; The entrance to the music building gives me a great sense of delight. The materials and design principles utilized in the design and construction of the building give it great firmness and a commodious relationship with it's function.