Still Life

Zen Center


Atlanta, GA
Studio III   

Instructor: Julie Kim 



How does architecture facilitate inward and outward looking?


Architecture lives in section.
Section lives in tectonics.


Site Plan: Critical Section


1/2” = 1’-0” Section Model





Qualitative AnalysisStarting with images of existing site conditions, a series of iterative studies were applied to derive a formal language from the feeling of the site. Relationships of light and dark inform a tectonic sense of light and heavy. Shadows become the poche embodying spaces of inward looking, while void supplies connection to the outside.


Parti Plan Sketch: Cutting the Critical Section


Tectonic Language of Sacred Space:
Zen practice as the punctuation of life. The critical section captures the transition between ordinary and sacred spaces. This procession occurs the first time one delves into practice, and repeats with increasing frequency as practice becomes part of ordinary life.


Meditation Space Visualization


Physical Model Light Study

Physical Model Light Study


Ordinary Living Visualization

Danny Griffin Selected Works 2014-2021