A casino hotel resort for the tourist
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Articulation involves an expressive way of defining structure, arranging spaces and revealing functionality to clarify the architectural idea, therefore, articulation becomes a powerful tool for understanding buildings. Being able to articulate signifies to he able to express oneself clearly,' and it applies to our daily use. Whenever we speak we are articulating by the use of words and sentences to convey our message. We are coimecting words and sentences in a particular way so as to be understood. In architecture, the use of articulation as a design tool may have the same effect as when we speak: understanding. But in order to achieve this effect we must know how structure works, what are the importance of the spaces of the building and what functions are taking effect. We can express structure not just by exposing a truss but by identifying the response against the forces which are in compression and tension that affect the structural member. In relation to spaces, articulation must visually distinguish spaces cormected to a large interior open space such as an atrium. It should also convey an expression of interior spaces to the exterior of the building. For example, if a facade contains a series of windows with the same size, it can be understood that the activities inside are equivalent. But if we find a large window among those the same size, it would be perceived as a different activity occurring in that particular area. Now, for building functions, articulation must promote circulation patterns which connect the spaces together as well as identify the various services offered by the facility. If structure, spaces and functions become effectively articulated within a whole, it will not only lay aside the need for design ornamentation but it will allow more clear understanding of the building itself SCOPE OF PROJECT AND CONTEXT STA\TEMENT The vehicle to direct my intention is a Casino Hotel in the main area of the Las Vegas Strip at Las Vegas, Nevada. The lot is located at the comer of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara Ave. The facility is to be deluxe, highrise with a convention/ resort hotel of 500 rooms with all amenities and entertainment facilities. The complex will be designed to accommodate weekend vacationers as well as international tourists, but is not limited to convention and business groups or commercial travelers.