Individual project. Fall 2016. Faculty Advisors: Lori Fitzgerald & Josh Bard
In this project, I developed a building proposal for a new center for Urban Agriculture for Grow Pittsburgh. The project is equal parts: outreach center for education and community engagement, urban barn for agricultural practices in the city, and greenhouse.
The standard concept of a 'farm' is far from association with the word 'urban.' The primary question my design tackles is: How does one combine and balance these contradictory ideas into a realistic and delightful architecture that respects the concepts of both? I used a hand-drawn digital workflow to produce the visualization style I found most suitable for communicating the natural elements of an urban farm atmosphere.
My design proposal highlights a central, wooden outdoor gathering space with serviced wings, enhanced by a variety of educational and model gardens, including an aquaponics facility. The arrangement evolved through a careful, analytical approach to the site and realistic environmental constraints.
Presentation model with site context.
Render - Main Public View & Entry
Site & Context in plan.
My design evolved from these primary practical analytics and constraints. Understanding the site system as a whole led me to a practical user-driven design.
Saco Lake Bath House
Individual project. Spring 2017. Faculty Advisors: Nico Azel & Jeremy Ficca.
Situated on the north shore of Saco Lake, at Crawford Notch NH, this bath house design integrates with the existing hiker's retreat among the local lodge and train station.
The primary design orients the bathing towards the lake view. The structure is concrete and steel with various degrees of openness, and a wooden interior cladding to provide atmospheric warmth. A user of the bathhouse finds his or herself in a forest retreat, both with a heightened awareness of the surrounding environment as well as protection from the elements.
The process of this project focused heavily on physical modeling as the primary method of inquiry. I quickly zoned in on the natural qualities of light and material behavior, inspired by Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor. The project is presented in a variety of perspectival views to fully capture the atmospehric experiences.
Physical model lighting studies.
1/8" scale process models and interior studies.
Center for New Media Art
The Urban Incubator/ Stimulator is a mixed-use building contributing to East Liberty’s central business district and stimulating the technological and creative culture of Pittsburgh’s budding identity as a major tech-arts hub.
The studio/startup incubator has three primary components: The New Media Gallery and Event Space for new interactive art (the 'simulator') and flexible business start-up spaces (the 'incubator'). The facility must accommodate public events, tourism, and a casual cafe space. The complexities of the program required an efficient use of space and a modulation of natural light to serve the varied lighting conditions of the programs and events hosted inside.
My design challenges the concept of "white cube" architecture, typical of museum design by breaking it open and deconstructing the cube into a delightful geometric abstraction through its structural system and semi-permeable membrane. The definition interior spaces remain simple to highlight the artwork to be displayed within. Various levels of permeability describe different values of visibility and enclosure.
A major challenge in this dense urban setting was the relationship to the East Liberty Library, whose front facade and parking lot would be consumed by the project site. My design provides an area of 'breathing space' between the museum and the library with a outdoor patio garden doubling as a pedestrian access space within the urban fabric.
Sight lines between levels remained a constant consideration in the design, serving to pique curiosity and provide transparency. The design focuses around a monumental stair winding around the public facade of the building.
A night view render.
Physical model exterior lighting studies.
Interior lighting studies of primary monumental stair and mezzanine.
Hoop House : SCHLÜP
Design, manufacture, and assemble a steel conduit and greenhouse plastic hoop house with construction drawings for a 30” x 120” concrete planter on the roof garden of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Situated on a rooftop, the miniature greenhouse would need to be wind-resistant with easy access. To simplify the construction process of hand-bending wire into its required lengths and angles, we used a modular design.
Lastly, we wanted a delightful design that would bring enjoyment to its use. The term "SCHLÜP" was a concept term coined by our team early on in the process, an onomatopoeia describing a "clean swooping motion." This concept manifested in the off-axis spiral motion it takes to open a panel. Care towards assembly details allowed for an airtight design and smooth opening action.
IN COLLABORATION WITH SKYLAR ADAMSKI, CHRISTINA BROWN, DAN CASCAVAL, RACHEL PARK, and SCARLET TONG
Closed hoop house installed.
Opened hoop house in use.
Hoop House Construction Time Lapse
Materials & Assembly
Materials & Assembly. Instructor: Gerard Damiani.
A formal introduction to material selection, design, preliminary sizing and methodology of construction systems organized by the 16 divisions of construction, as defined by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The course also covers issues of building code and egress, all serving as an introduction to the following semester's Structures and Statics.