Bronson Fabworks

Fall 2017 | M.Arch | Ottawa, CA

Located at 605 Bronson Ave, in Ottawa, Bronson Fabworks is a proposed makerspace complex, designed to include various digital and manual workshops. Publicly accessible workshops such as a metal working shop, blacksmithing shop, wood shop, and fabrication lab will be seamlessly tethered to lighter artistry areas such as spaces dedicated to ceramic making, jewelry making and textile weaving.

From inception, there have been two main ideals which the design was attempting to satisfy:
•Community Enrichment via integration and invitation of public into site
•Longevity of Building Life with goals of long life loose fit ideals. 

Firstly, the architectural design has selected community enrichment as an important hopeful trait of the site because it is fundamentally a sustainable move in terms of the success and value of the design. In theory, the site will enrich its surroundings via its integration and invitation of public into site.

There has been a focus within this design to create arterial connections between the proposed complex and its surroundings, both on a micro and macro architectural scale. Visual connections have been crafted on a macro and micro level to ensure site attraction and occupant interaction. On a site level, this is achieved via the creation of vehicular-site and pedestrian-site lines of vision.

As evident in the above sketches, a central arterial pedestrian means of access and throughway is designed to capture the attention of people exiting from the 417 via the Bronson exit as well as to allow for direct pedestrian sight-lines into the various makerspace workshops. This shift from a street front focused design to one focused on a new “internal” street would hopefully draw visitors into the complex.

The renders below illustrate the aesthetic of the Bronson / Exit Ramp facing facade and the Bronson/Chamberlain streetscape.

The second ideal of ensuring longevity of building life is being ensured through the design of flexible interiors which are long life, loose fit conscious. Looking at the workshop space design, the areas are left open, with minimal walls, columns and stairs as obstacles. In theory, the workshop spaces should be able to accommodate the ever changing tools and practices to be housed in a makerspace project.


Level One Plan

Level Two Plan

Longitudinal Building Sections


To strengthen the presentation of this project, a detailed physical model was constructed at 1:200 scale. The model is built of card and plywood.

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