Kevin Muni _ Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio
Selection of Architecture and Urban Design projects, including academic and professional work.
2L]PU 4\UP (ZZVJ (0( 4HYRL[ :[YLL[ :HU -YHUJPZJV *( RL]PUT\UP'NTHPSJVT J Roofscape Lagos, Nigeria Positioned at the intersection of two exceedingly complex ecologies (that of the natural environment and that of human artifact), future development must effectively synthesize the series of physical and virtual networks that coalesce in the modern metropolis. The city is no longer the collective agglomeration of buildings and their inhabitants, but rather the point of intersection of superimposed networks that regulate the flow of non-physical commodities such as information, energy, politics, and financial flows, as well as more tangible systems such as transportation infrastructure. These systems are legible on both the global and macro (city) scale. However, in the case of many cities, particularly those exhibiting rapid growth, the infrastructural networks supporting these systems begin to breakdown at the macro level. With its thriving port, oil exports, and the resultant international financial flows, Lagos exhibits a rapidly evolving palimpsest of complex systems that has been inscribed over the existing fabric of the former colonial city. However, substantial informal networks (notably in the form of a thriving black market economy) have developed in response to the failure of formal infrastructure systems to keep pace with the growth of the city. Consequently, Lagos exhibits a paradoxical condition in which it is at once the point of interaction of complex global networks (physical/virtual, formal/informal, social/economic) and a city plagued by discontinuity and infrastructural deficiencies. THESIS Academic Year: Spring 2011 30 Largest Urban Agglomerations by Population [Data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. 2009] Internet Connectivity [Data: IPligence] Population Densities_Settlement Patterns [Data: Columbia Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center] International Shipping Routes [Data: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis] Although 96 percent of the population of the Lagos Metropolitan Area resides on the mainland, financial markets, amenities, and political influence are concentrated on Lagos Island, which is accessible only by three bridges. While the proposed Eko-Atlantic City land reclamation project would provide much needed housing and a new commercial center, its location south of Lagos Island would only exacerbate the existing circulation bottlenecks that result from inadequate transportation infrastructure (both public and private) leading to and from Lagos Island. Consequently, this thesis proposes the redevelopment of an abandoned railroad easement in the Apapa area of Lagos as an alternate commercial and civic node for Lagos. Anchored by an exhibition/convention center and a ferry terminal, the proposed development provides linkages between existing suburban typologies, the adjacent port terminal (the largest in West Africa), and underutilized or blighted areas along the waterfront in order to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of marginalized space between the expressway and the Lagoon. A planted roofscape provides much-needed relief from urban density while serving as the connective tissue between programmatic elements. Lagos, Nigeria Ifako-Ijaye Agege Ikeja Alimosho Kosofe THESIS OshodiIsolo Mushin Shomolu Lagos Mainland Surulere Ojo Amuwo Odofin AjeromiIfelodun Apapa Lagos Island Eti-Osa Eko-Atlantic City [Proposed] Lagos Metro Area: Relative Population Density and Proposed Transportation Infrastructure Population of Lagos Mainland _ 96% of Metro Area [estimated 7,440,710] Academic Year: Spring 2011 Population of Lagos Island + Victoria Island _ 4% of Metro Area [estimated 497,222] Exterior Promenade Lagos, Nigeria Dense Vertical Planting [Visual + Acoustic Separation] Tall Transparent Planting [Enclosure + Visual Porosity] Grass / Sedum [Low Cost / Low Maintenance] Riparian Zone [Storage of Water] Flowering Perennials [Dense] Flowering Perennials [Transitional] Activity/Sport [Active Recreational Space] THESIS Site Plan Academic Year: Spring 2011 Section: Courtyard Space Exhibition Breakout Space Section: Corporate Office Space THESIS Lagos, Nigeria Roofscape: Amphitheater Park Academic Year: Spring 2011 Leake Ave. Elevation New Orleans, LA Located on the corner of Burthe Street and Leake Avenue, this project calls for the adaptive reuse of a triangular CMU structure as a base on which to position a residence consisting of two individual private spaces with mutual access to a shared living space. Dividing the program into three interlocking tubular structures, this scheme addresses the context by providing both direct and oblique views of the levee along Leake Avenue while presenting a more inwardly focused elevation to Burthe Street. Bi|MIX HOUSE Given the parameters of the project, the notion of individual as opposed to shared space becomes crucial to the processes of defining space and establishing lines of sight. The bands containing the individual elements of the program fold in order to interlock over the central band of shared living space, which takes the form of a glass box. Morphology Diagram: Interwoven Bands Musician's Space, Shared Space, Writer's Space Academic Year: Spring 2008 Leake Avenue A Bu r S the tre et B B Site Plan Floor Plan Level One A Section AA New Orleans, LA The folding roof condition of the bands mirrors the form of the stairs contained within these double height spaces. A The pattern of fenestration allows for uninterrupted lines of sight through the shared space to the outdoor spaces and levee beyond. When the sliding glass panels that line much of the perimeter of the shared space are open, the boundary between interior and exterior space dissolves, allowing the majority of the second floor to function as one large shared hybrid space with elements of the shared program appearing to float within a sprawling rooftop garden. This flexible glazing condition allows the musician's workspace to be opened to this entertaining space, thereby permitting him to play for guests throughout the residence. Bi|MIX HOUSE B B Floor Plan Level Two A Academic Year: Spring 2008 Section BB Assembly Space Piazza Flavio Biondo, Rome, Italy STAZIONE TRASTEVERE Composite: Topographic Striations as Connective Tissue Embedded Program Existing Condition Fragmented Landscape Physical and Perceptual Discontinuity Topographic Surface Recreates Lost Natural Topography Contemporary Reincarnation of Historic Artifact Viae Viae Link East with West Inscribed on Topographic Surface Distort Modify Topographic Surface to Enhance Visual Corridor Academic Year: Fall 2009 The first of a series of proposals for Piazza Flavio Biondo and the Stazione Trastevere in Rome, Italy, this project aims to reconnect the currently discontinuous urban fabric through the use of topographic striations that bridge the three sectional levels of the intersection. Recalling the natural topography that was eroded in the process of urban development, a topographic surface provides much needed recreational and assembly space while responding to site forces including traffic flow, changes in elevation, and the surrounding context. This two week test project incorporates the research conducted throughout the semester pertaining to the creation of public space in the context of contemporary Rome. Longitudinal Section Aerial View STAZIONE TRASTEVERE Piazza Flavio Biondo, Rome, Italy Site Plan Academic Year: Fall 2009 Amphitheater + Recreational Space Piazza Flavio Biondo, Rome, Italy STAZIONE TRASTEVERE II An alternative solution to the previous proposal, this scheme enfolds various programmatic elements, circulation space, and below grade parking within a system of stratified louvers. The articulation of the system allows both sides of this surface to be programmed as the louvers simultaneously shade the commercial elements located within while subdividing the previously indeterminate Piazza into a series of recreational and assembly areas responding to the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods. Aerial View Academic Year: Fall 2009 Longitudinal Section Cafe STAZIONE TRASTEVERE II Piazza Flavio Biondo, Rome, Italy Site Forces: Social + Transportation Networks Academic Year: Fall 2009 Media Facade LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA LOCAL PERFORMANCE DATA N.O.P.A.C. New Orleans, LA Academic Year: Fall 2010 Challenging the traditional horizontal programmatic configuration of a performing arts center, this proposal aims to re-examine the relationship between the performer and the audience. The ground plane is liberated by elevating the program, thereby creating a covered plaza linking St. Charles Avenue (a major circulation artery for both public transportation and automobile traffic) to the exiting cultural corridor on Camp Street, thereby exploiting the close proximity of the Contemporary Arts Center and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Non-linear circulation paths and skip-stop elevator lobbies encourages performers and visitors to interact in a manner that transcends their traditional roles. Interweaving back of house / production facilities with public spaces creates a real time exhibition to support the Museum of Performance Anthropology that is integrated into the breakout spaces that occur on each skip-stop elevator level. Performance data collected from the city of New Orleans is synthesized and displayed on an interactive media facade that forms a shell around the main auditorium. Rather than relegating parking, often considered to be among the most mundane of support functions, to a subterranean garage (a programmatic proposition unto itself given the relatively precarious hydrological condition of New Orleans), an automated parking system distributes vehicles throughout the structure. PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Performance Data Collection SAINT JOSE PH ST . ST. C HARLE S AV E. 0' 16' 32' CAMP ST. SITE PLAN 0' 8' 16' FLOOR PLAN: GROUND LEVEL PLAZA New Orleans, LA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FLOOR PLAN: LEVEL 4 MULTIPURPOSE THEATRE FLOOR PLAN: LEVEL11 MUSEUM OF PERFORMACE ANTHOPOLOGY 0' 8' 16' OVEN OVEN FLOOR PLAN: LEVEL 3 PLAZA FLOOR PLAN: LEVELS 9 CINEMATHEQUE Academic Year: Fall 2010 FLOOR PLAN: LEVEL 2 PERFORMANCE HALL 0' 8' 16' FLOOR PLAN: LEVELS 5-7, 10 AUTOMATED PARKING RESERVED PARKING FOR RESIDENTS RESERVED PARKING FOR ADMIN. LEVELS DEDICATED PARKING LEVELS LIFT tors UNDERGROUND ENTRY AND EXIT and e nd FOR AUTOMATED PARKING LIFT r syste Automated Parking System Skipstop Elevator Organization Performance Spaces PERFORMING ARTS CENTER New Orleans, LA Section Perspective Elevation Academic Year: Fall 2010 Professional Work LongPao New Town_Riverfront Development LONGPAO NEW TOWN LongPao, Jiangsu Province, China Tulane Regional Urban Design Center + American Planing Association Regional Positioning Task: Create a strategic plan and urban design framework for the development of a "low-carbon" new town in LongPao, China. Positioned across the Yangtze River from the regional economic center of Nanjing and benefitting from increased connectivity with the completion of a new cross-Yangtze River bridge, LongPao has the potential to become a premier site for redevelopment in Lower Yangtze Delta Region. With its regional infrastructure connections and potential to serve as the gateway to the new "ecotourism corridor" linking Nanjing to the Golden Ox Lake and the Mt. Ping National Forest, LongPao has the potential to serve as a launchpad for subsequent green development projects in the area, thereby presenting an alternative to the chemical production facilities traditionally associated with the Lower Yangtze Delta. LongPao, Jiangsu Province, China Tulane Regional Urban Design Center + American Planing Association Working in collaboration with the American Planning Association, the TRUDC created a conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of LongPao as a low-carbon city to accommodate 250,000 new residents while attracting green industry and creating a high standard of living for both new and old residents. Capitalizing an existing amenities, technological innovation, progressive planning strategies, and incentives favoring the development of sustainable green industries, LongPao can be developed as a `low carbon' new town appealing to both domestic and international corporations. LONGPAO NEW TOWN LongPao New Town Canal Development Riverfront Plaza LongPao, Jiangsu Province, China Tulane Regional Urban Design Center + American Planing Association By concentrating new development in a band located between the existing agricultural landscape and prominent river ecology, the strategy complements the natural and constructed ecologies of the canallined farmland that currently defines the site. Ecological remediation, sustainable community initiatives, and economic development are primary concerns in the articulation of the project. Land use, a comprehensive phasing strategy, and the integration of transportation infrastructure coalesce to form a vibrant, livable community serving both new and old residents while exploiting the full potential of the site. LONGPAO NEW TOWN Districts Land Use Street Typologies As part of the competition team for Manning Architect's winning entry for a corporate headquarters and associated housing development in Lagos, Nigeria, my duties included collaborative development of the design, translating conceptual sketches into presentation drawings and digital Rhino or SketchUp models, comprehensive schematic drawing sets for housing prototypes, representation of sustainability strategies, creation of 3D digital Rhino models at both conceptual massing and building detail scales (indicating HVAC components, variations in louver patterns corresponding to the solar strategy, etc.), coordination with international partners and consultants, assisting with final document compilation, general logistical issues, and final presentation board layout. Lagos, Nigeria Manning Architects + ato architects + EDSA SHELL CENTRE LAGOS Competition Winning Concept Boards [AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 4.0, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, MS Office] SHELL CENTRE LAGOS Lagos, Nigeria Manning Architects + ato architects + EDSA Based on the archetypal New Orleans shotgun house (historically the predominant housing type in the city), this collaboration between Frank Gehry, Robert Tannen of Creative Industry, and Manning Architects was to create a modular housing prototype for Post-Katrina New Orleans that would be simultaneously affordable, sustainable, and amenable to the historic urban fabric of the city. My involvement included materials research (SIPS, screening options, etc), LEED point calculation, CAD-based line drawings (plans, elevations, and sections), and the preparation of press release documents and publication images for Architectural Record, the White Linen Night art festival in New Orleans, and local news agencies. [AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign] New Orleans, LA Affordable Construction The Project uses pre-fabricated. modular componenets to create a three bedroom, single family house that will be both affordable and designed to sustain the 140 mph winds required by local building codes. MODGUN [HOUSING TYPE] New Orleans Context The design is a modern interpretastion of a 19th Century New Orleans historic shotgun house. By working with the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the project will be designed with historic building proportions and window sizes that will be compatible with most neighborhoods in New Orleans. Sustainability The project employs "green" strategies to design a home with a holistic approach that takes into consideration the life cycle costs of the house over time. The project specifically addresses the New Orleans region with a combination of natural cross-ventilation cooling strategies and a high-efficiency mechanical HVAC system. Green Strategies CLOSET UTILITY CLOSET CLOSET ENERGY EFFICIENCY BATHROOM CLOSET -Designed to Utilize natural cross ventilation for cooling -On-site renewable energy with photovoltaic solar roof panels -High-efficiency tankless water heater -Energy Star approved lighting -Low-E double pane windows -High-efficiency ductless split HVAC system -Energy Star approved appliances and finishes FRONT PORCH 75 SF LIVING 200 SF BEDROOM 95 SF BATHROOM BEDROOM 95 SF BEDROOM 155 SF WATER EFFICIENCY -Low-flow faucets -Low-flow showerheads -Dual flush toilets MATERIAL EFFICIENCY -Use of sustainable "green" products -Materials that are extracted and produced in close proximity to the site 0Use of modular, pre-fabricated components INDOOR ENVIRONMENT -Low-VOC paints used throughout -Zero off gas cabinetry -Paperless sheetrock -Spray in foam underfloor insualtion KITCHEN 185 SF SCREEN PORCH 395 SF CLOSET CLOSET Manning Architects + Gehry Partners + Creative Industry N FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 1/2" = 1'-0" STANDING SEAM METAL ROOF BOHEMIAN SHUTTERS SCREEN PORCH SOUTH ELEVATION SCALE: 1/2" = 1'-0" WEST ELEVATION SCALE: 1/2" = 1'-0" History of ModGun Robert Tannen of Creative Industry developed the modular shotgun, ModGun, shortly after the storm. Geared towards incorporating sustainability, affordability, and preservation of traditional architectural styles, the ModGun yielded a model that would best facilitate the return of New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The original, full-scale ModGun was built by Tannen, Joel Ross and Chris Meehan and was presented at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in August of 2008. In order to further develop the ModGun design, Tannen invited renowned architect Frank Gehry to contribute design ideas. Their collaboration produced the Gehry Tannen ModGun, an innovative yet replicable and affordable design based on that of the traditional New Orleans shotgun. The Gehry - Tannen ModGun sparked the interest of a local developer, Hal Brown of Fortun� Developers LLC, who was to become the lead developer partner of the project. Fortun� Developers provides affordable workforce housing financed by the Faubourg Fund. As an effort to focus on sustainability and the project's contextuality to both the city and climate, Tannen contacted Manning Architects, an USGBC member architecture firm that offers sustainable design services, to be responsible for final design services. Global Green USA was also brought in to collaborate on the project as the "green advisor" to provide sustainable, ecologically conscious features to the ModGun project. The result of the collaborative effort of the team is the ModGun, a design based on a 14' square building block with 13' ceiling heights that provides affordable, sustainable housing that fits into the historic context of New Orleans. M A NNING ARCHITECTS ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS PLANNING Fortun� Developers LLC Ogden Museum of Southern Art Joel Ross Architect Chris Meehan Builder + Public Relations Pamphlet Side 1 (Tri-Fold) New Orleans, LA MODGUN [HOUSING TYPE] Affordable Construction The project uses pre-fabricated, modular components to create a two or threebedroom, single family house that will be both affordable and designed to sustain the 130 mph winds required by local building codes. Green Strategies Energy Efficiency -Designed to utilize natural cross ventilation for cooling -On-site renewable energy with photovoltaic solar roof panels -High-efficiency tankless water heater -Energy Star approved lighting -Low-E double pane windows -High-efficiency ductless split HVAC system -Energy Star approved appliances and finishes Backyard New Orleans Context The design is a modern interpretation of a 19th Century New Orleans historic shotgun. By working with the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the project will be designed with historic building proportions and window sizes that will be compatible with most neighborhoods in New Orleans. Water Efficiency -Low-flow faucets -Low-flow showerheads -Dual flush toilets -Cistern for Irrigation French Doors Screen Bedroom Bedroom Master Bedroom Enclosed Porch Screen Manning Architects + Gehry Partners + Creative Industry Sustainability The project employs "green" strategies to o design a home with a holistic approach that takes into consideration the life cycle costs of the building over time. The project specifically addresses the New Orleans region with a combination of natural cross ventilation cooling strategies s and a high-efficiency mechanical HVAC system. 10 Front Porch Kitchen & Dining Living Room 0' Public Relations Pamphlet Side 2 (Tri-Fold) ' 30 nt Fro Material Efficiency -Use of sustainable "green" products -Materials that are extracted and produced in close proximity to the site -Use of modular, pre-fabricated components 3 Bedroom Option Indoor Environment -Low-VOC paints used throughout -Zero off gas cabinetry -Paperless sheetrock -Spray in foam insulation Questions? Contact: Creative Industry 504.218.4807 Brochure Design by Manning Architects New Orleans, LA DesCours is an annual ten day art and architecture festival held in New Orleans each December. DesCours | Rendezvous scales [b] 98% : 02% plates [b+a�] 100% : 0% rose window [b+b�] 100% : 0% From the DesCours website: "This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create ten architecture installations within `hidden' locations in the heart of New Orleans, including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible or unused by the public." Rendezvous is an interactive installation that explores the relationships between spatial planes, creating a singular 3-dimensional experience. The translucent canopy is made of an aggregate of vinyl components, joined together by an overlapping of material, similar to a formation of migrating birds. Rendezvous is a place for people to gather, a specific place and time for people to assemble and present themselves. Shadows cast by the movement of people through the project create a dynamic and constantly changing space. MaMBo (Kevin Muni + Rebecca Miller + Scott Berger) Rendezvous was made possible by the generous support of AIA New Orleans and the Vinyl Institute. hybrid [a+b] 75% : 40% matrix [a+a�] 85% : 40% lace filigree [a] 60% : 40% DesCours | Rendezvous New Orleans, LA MaMBo (Kevin Muni + Rebecca Miller + Scott Berger) DesCours | Rendezvous New Orleans, LA MaMBo (Kevin Muni + Rebecca Miller + Scott Berger) San Francisco, CA 3'-6" 9'-2" 415 Douglass 415 Douglass 5 ouglas Nor h North Neighbor North Neighbor g 1 2 3 4 5 DN N FAMILY RM 6 7 8 9 85 SF ref 10 Douglass House KITCHEN BALCONY N FORMAL LIVING DN UP 11 12 13 14 15 ovens DN DECK 210 SF 1319 SF window seat PANTRY A PANTRY T POWDER 429 Douglass 429 Douglass glass South Neighbor South Neighbor out ghbo 60" x 20" buffet LIBRARY DINING ROOM 7'-0" - 2 PROPOSED SECOND FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 1/4" = 1'-0" 415 Douglass 415 Dougla s uglas ass Nor Neighbor No h Neigh North Neighbor orth 40 SF CAB UCAB HEAR TH BDRM CLO HVAC /TYP CTR KITCHEN BRKFST DN 16 R R. BATH RANG E LIVING RM DN 2R. DN 15R. REFR CAB 180 SF HVAC /TYP DN 14R. T HVAC /TYP UP 21R. DN 15R. 146 SF DINING BDRM DECK 36 SF CLO yamamar design 429 Douglass 429 Douglass a South Neighbor South Neighbor uth g bor 1 EXISTING (DEMOLITION) SECOND FLOOR PLAN SCALE: 1/4" = 1'-0" Located in the Mission Bay Redevelopment Area just south of downtown San Francisco, the design for the salesforce.com Global Headquarters campus was to include approximately 2.2 million SF of Class A Office Space, ground floor commercial space, a fitness center, childcare facilities, and signature restaurants distributed over 8 city blocks and a central town square. Targeting LEED Platinum Certification, the project was designed around a series of integrated high-performance systems, including a chilled beam HVAC system, massive solar array, and gray water recycling system. The buildings also incorporate a SidePlate moment frame structural system. Project Team: Legorreta + Legorreta, Flad Architects, yamamar design, Paulett Taggart Architects, Buro Happold, Atelier Ten, ARUP Rutherford & Chekene , salesforce.com mission bay campus San Francisco, CA Legorreta + Legorreta, Flad Architects, yamamar design and Paulett Taggart salesforce.com mission bay campus San Francisco, CA Ground Level Site Plan Legorreta + Legorreta, Flad Architects, yamamar design and Paulett Taggart Service Core Mechanical Childcare Fitness Office Retail Legend: San Francisco, CA Legorreta + Legorreta, Flad Architects, yamamar design and Paulett Taggart Sustainability Strategies salesforce.com mission bay campus Project Responsibilities: Preparation of Schematic Design and San Francisco Redevelopment Agency submittals Creation and maintenance of Revit models for the salesforce.com Mission Bay Global Headquarters Development and coordination of a comprehensive Design and Performance Specification for the high performance facade of the salesforce.com campus. Reviewed proposed building details and performance studies with consultants and specialty contractors to develop solutions that satisfy design intent, budget constraints, and performance standards.