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The DVC Level 2 Course: Sustainable Museum - Leading into the DVC Level 3 course(sustainable bach).

Level 2 students have to design an Art Science Museum, located anywhere in the world. Symbolism, culture, icons, animals, plants, insects, etc., should be explored and the iconic shape and forms that communicates the identity of the country or nation should be developed to produce a uniquely designed museum for the specific country. See design brief for specifications.  Students have to consider the following:

  • Size and layout of the Art Science Museum
  • Explore symbolism, art and iconic shape and forms, etc., for the specific country or area
  • The specifications of the museum in the design brief
  • Sustainability features and functions (solar panels [PV], water tanks, wind turbines, building materials (heatsink), passive solar, passive ventilation, geo-thermal design, etc.)
  • Design era (e.g. Modernism or Bauhaus). Visit this great website to explore Design Eras:
  • Influential designer (e.g. Frank Ghery, Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, etc.). Useful website:
  • Bio-mimetics (See website and inform design ideas and decisions
  • Climate and weather of the area. Search maps, charts and diagrams
  • Consider the physical environment of the location of the museum. Explore in Google earth and Google Maps

Design Brief: Sustainable Museum reflecting culture and symbols (2018)- DVC Level 2

The Level 2 course leads into the Level 3 course.


Two briefs are included for the DVC Level 3 course:

BRIEF 1: Design a Unique Sustainable Bach. Location anywhere in the world.

Specifications and instructions:

Consider the following and include:

1. Weather and climate

2. Chosen site details 

3. Design eras

4. Influential architects and designers

5. Biomimetics (ask nature how)

6. Ideation and the generating of design ideas (freehand sketches)

7. Stakeholder feedback and modifications

8. Consider building materials and engineers components

9. Consider sustainable features and functions (harvest energy from wind and sun; rainwater collection)

8. Set of work drawings (elevations and sectional views with dimensions and scales)

9. Compare own design to influential designer's

10. Evaluation of the bach

BRIEF 2: Design an exhibition for your unique sustainable bach (holiday home) in a room in the Waikato Museum (NZ), which will be provided by the museum. Include your portfolio, 3-d model, enlarged pictures of your model and design sketches/work drawings, etc. (Sketch-up). Use the computer, data projector & screen to loop parts of your presentation (choose a component like research, for instance). Show possible flyers and brochures of your design work (assume you are an architect marketing your work). You could also consider refreshments, and more. Show the link to your website or blog.

Size of the exhibition room: 12 m x 20 m with an entrance and exit

Credit image:  

 UNIQUE BACH: Image uploaded by tpsdave

David Mark  •  Age 64  •  Maryville, Tennessee/United States  •  Member Nov. 4, 2012