Zhonghan Huang

MArch II

Department of Architecture Faculty Design Award- MArch II

Post-Shaker Art Colony

Instruc​ted by Preston Scott Cohen

Shakers are a millenarian nontrinitarian restorationist Christian sect founded circa 1747 in England and then organized in the United States in the 1780s. The Shakers believed in and practiced pacifism, gender and racial equality, and celibacy. Their belief in separation from the world created a distinctive culture related to utopianism. Similarly, their buildings exhibit characteristics of dualism and symmetry that are embedded in spatial organization, circulation, architectural elements, furniture, objects, etc.

The design investigates dualism and symmetry in Shaker’s buildings, and invents new building types that seemingly belong to Shakers but haven’t been done by Shakers. Four buildings — workshop, artist studio, single-family house, and gallery forming — are proposed for the Shaker Village in New Lebanon in New York state.

Site model showing a cluster of long low buildings on an open landscape.
Overall Massing

Line drawings of elevations and plan of a long two-story building.
Workshop Drawings

Architectural model of a long two-story building cut up into five sections.
Workshop Model

Interior space with wooden floors and white walls with wood trim. Two hallways split off diagonally from the center.
Workshop Interior

Line drawings of elevations and plan of a long two-story building.
Artist Studio Drawings

Interior space with wooden floors and white walls with wood trim and doors, and two long shallow stairways.
Artist Studio Interior

Elevations and plan of a a two-story building with a square footprint.
Single-family House Drawings

A series of eight models of a single-family house with peaked roof and wood siding. Four show the exterior and four show the interior.
Single-family House Model

Interior space with wooden floors and white walls with wood trim. Three stairways side by side lead to different upper and lower levels.
Single-family House Interior

Elevations and plan of a multi-story building with a rectangular footprint.
Exhibition Drawings

Two views of an architectural model of a multi-story building with a tall wall encompassing it and a large courtyard.
Exhibition Model

Interior space with wooden floors and white walls with wood trim. In the center is a passageway with cutouts in the walls that show views of cutouts in walls of lower levels.
Exhibition Interior