I observed the courtyard at the Mosque in Cordova. I found it to be very intriguing, and a beautiful and peaceful place to dwell. The soft background noise of water features fills the space. Birds sing, pleasant scents from the orange trees, and interestingly detailed tiles and paving patterns line the walls and ground. I decided to take this great space, and use the concepts from it for a small study courtyard in Muncie along McKinley Avenue. I felt this type of space would be beneficial along that long, cold line of buildings. Students would take advantage of it, even if it just meant passing by or through to their next class. The wall on the outer edge of the plaza would be lined with arcades. This would allow a closed-in feeling inside, but also encourage passers-by to take interest in the space on their normal route. Inside the plaza, trees, which contain character in all seasons, would be put on a symmetrical access, but allow for variables in the design to add interest. The trees would be planted in a unique drainage system, which points all rain water into a series of canals, which lead to the street. Taller, coniferous trees would be put in distinct areas to add accents of height. Unique paving and tile patterns would add artistic accents for the walls and the ground between the round planters for the trees. There would be seating placed for those wanting to study, eat lunch, or just wait between classes in an outdoor setting, rather than a closed in building. The space is so incredibly inviting in Cordova that I didn't want to leave. I'm sure it would be just as inviting, with a few modifications, on the campus of Ball State University in Indiana.
North facing elevation of T-Comm Building. The space bridges the Gap between RB and T-Comm building.