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Alex Bullo Architectural Portfolio 2017


Design Los Medanos College Water Street Community Floating Oculus Executive Suite Pillow Bacchanal | academic

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Technical Fabrication Design Concept Prototyping Detail Design BIM Physical

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abullo191@gmail.com

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San Francisco, CA


Los Medanos College Pre-Design, Programming, Schematic Design | Academic | Brentwood, CA | 2016

Los Medanos College part of the Contra Costa Community College District in Pittsburgh, CA. This project is for a new 40,000sf satellite center in Brentwood, CA. The center seeks to support and build upon the sense of community and comraderie that exists at the existing campus, giving commuter students a place to study and socialize when not in class. Architecturally the project seeks to strike a connection to Brentwood’s thriving agricultural community and rich history while reflecting the values and ambitions of the college. The site is adjacent to a public park and features views of Mt. Diablo as well as an onsite water detention basin. This project is currently in schematic design.


Context

View of Detention basin on site

Local Vineyards

Mt. Diablo

Nearby Agricultural Structure

Los Medanos College Pittsburgh Campus


Materiality

Programming SCIENCE LABS Biology Health Science Lab (36)

Bio Prep

Biology Lab (36)

CLASSROOMS Medium Classroom (36)

Medium Classroom (36) Physics Lab (40)

Chem Prep

Physics Prep

Medium Classroom (36)

Medium Classroom (36)

DSPS Medium Classroom (36)

Medium Classroom (36)

CAMPUS SERVICES

STUDENT SERVICES

Counseling

Medium Classroom (36)

Police Services

Financial Aid

ITS

A&R Maintenance

Chemistry Lab (36) Large Classroom (45)

Large Classroom (45)

LOBBY

Large Classroom (45)

Off. Tutoring

Large Classroom (45)

Large Classroom (45)

Large Classroom (45)

Student Computer Lab (25)

Bookstore

Tutoring

Tutoring

Math Lab (50)

Tiered Classroom (90)

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Large Break Support Small Conf. Conference Room

Group Study

Student Commons Academic Core

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BCC Admin Dean Office Asst.

Student Life

Group Study Group Study

Library Services Group Study

STUDENT SUPPORT

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Instructional Space Science Labs Administrative Student Support


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LOBBY


STUDENT COMMONS


Water St. Community Concept Design | Mixed Use | Ypsilanti, Michigan | 2015

This proposal for Water St. carries forward Ypsilanti’s self-sufficient and industrial values while connecting to its natural surroundings. The design extracts the opportunities of the river’s bend, maximizing views from residential, commercial and public spaces. The 106,000sf development includes residential units, retail, a produce market and a commercial greenhouse. Energy is generated through solar panels and heat recovery from an adjacent municipal compost site, helping to achieve zero net carbon emissions. An expansive elevated greenhouse adds momentum to Ypsilanti’s farming revival, providing new business opportunities while also symbolizing the regeneration of the city.


Context

Located one block off of Michigan Avenue Water St. expands on Ypsilanti’s rich downtown providing local businesses with new retail space and new residents with a central location. Existing trails link the development to various neighborhoods and nearby parks to promote physical activity and draw more pedestrians to Ypsilanti’s public features.


Concept Rooted in the spirit of new urbanism this project seeks to harmonize the urban and the natural while positively contributing to an existing community. With a heavy focus on sustainability and wellness the development utilizes the site and surrounding features to support the health of it’s residents, neighbors, and local wild life. Natural views of the Huron River and connectivity drive the massing along with a dynamic program including a green house, shopping and 96,000sf of residential.

Massing Studies

Natural

Urban


The residential units are situated between the Huron River and a communal plaza shared by local businesses and an expansive two-story greenhouse. By elevating the residential units the Water St. plaza is able to enjoy a clear path to the river and nature trails while the residential units have privileged views of the river and elevated greenhouse.

residential

greenhouse path

parking parking

Residential 96,000 sf

parking

Commercial 20,000 sf

commercial market

Parking 16,000 sf

Greenhouse 12,000 sf

Market 9,000 sf


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Retail and Greenhouse


Residential The development includes six stories of residential units situated along the Huron River including 40 two-story units and 74 single-story units. The circulation corridors have window breaks every four units to allow in natural light and unique elevated views of the trees along the bank. Resident parking is located beneath the structure to keep an unobstructed connection between the plaza and the riverside.

Commercial A communal plaza at the project’s center supports a commercial greenhouse, multi-level parking, mixed retail and an underground market sourced by the adjacent greenhouse.


Circulation corridors are replaced with multi-level units on the second and fourth floors allowing 85% of the residential units to have a river view. Single units on the top floor have access to a private roof patio which is shaded by a solar array and can be united with adjacent patios.


Unit Modules

Single Unit

Double Unit


Floating Oculus Concept Design | Hospitality | Weifeng, China | 2014

The Floating Oculus project was a series of studies for a full season resort on the Changchingling Reservoir near Rizhao, China. The objective was to design a self-sustaining stationary 50 sq m. dwelling that could be constructed for around $100k. The design process was focused around constructability, the dwelling experience and establishing a strong connection with the landscape. The oculus featured above was one of four presented. All proposals can be constructed out of aggregated standard shipping containers and can be assembled entirely on site.


Concept

User Studies outward

inward

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Prior to designing the Oculus we conducted user studies to determine the types of users in the region and their expectations in an ideal vacation experience. Balancing the results of these studies with client goals we determined the Oculus must prioritize constructability, the natural experience and sustainability above all else.


Project Goals 1. Constructability

2. Natural Experience

3. Sustainable


Structural Modules

Concept 1 Containers: 30’ :4

Concept 2 Containers: 30’ :2 60’ :1

Concept 3 Containers: 60’ :2


Project Site Changchingling Reservoir, China


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Bouyancy Structure

Module Cost: $14,000 Load Capacity: 10,000 lbs


Weight Distribution

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Steel Beams Corrugated Steel Angles Floats

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Executive Suite Rizhao, China | 2015

This design is for a boutique hotel for a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks and agricultural equipment in Rizhao, China. The hotel is located at the company’s global headquarters and will accomodate visiting dignitaries and high level executives who require space to rest and work throughout their stay. Each executive suite houses a small office, a living room and a bedroom while the transitional spaces offer unique moments that reflect the company’s agricultural history and technological strength.


Pre-design studies

The experience of the executive suite is centered around three components: business, bathing and repose. Privacy is balanced with fluidity as each space flows into the next without allowing a simultaneous reveal. The company’s brand is expressed through a sense of balance and precision in how the space functions along with various custom fabricated elements within the room.


VIP accommodation morning

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not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

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breakfast (with company) 1 hr

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departure minimal

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not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

storage (clothing) 15 min

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protection time awareness

entrance minimal

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sense of ease

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prepared secure

As part of the pre-design process we developed experience cards to visualize the key moments of a guest’s daily routine. Each card was given a title that defines the sensation or experience of that moment and provides a narrative on which we could base our decisions throughout the design process.

VIP accommodation night after eating

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not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

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connecting 30 min

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begrudging

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storage 5 min

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relief freedom

bathing 30 min contemplation relaxation

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not normal open natural agricultural high tech simple cultural

refreshment 15 min

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relaxing 45 min metnally shutting down

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Executive Suite

A central steel cladded bathroom provides a natural division between office and residence while highlighting the company’s manufacturing capabilities. The object, while one of a kind, was forged and painted on the company’s factory floor using materials and technologies found in their trademark automotive products.


Bathroom interior

The client expressed a desire for a bathing experience inspired by transcendental states found within nature. Using the bamboo forest as a reference, a pivoting frosted glass screen was designed to separate the bathing and vanity spaces. The seamless tile, extended ceiling and screen work to cultivate an experience that is both boundless and unique.


Corridor Design

The calming experience of the forest canopy was the inspiration behind the corridor environment. Light and shadow bring the user’s awareness to their movements and encourages reflection and pause between workday activities.


Pillow Bacchanal Academic | Finalist - Wallenberg Design Competition | 2013

Pillow Bacchanal is a series of super-scale outdoor furniture objects that invite lounging, imaginative play, and the pursuit of wanton pleasures. Beggining with a rigorous investigation of the material properties of stuffed fabric membranes, the project poses questions about the role structure and the nature of pliable bodies: What are the architectural possibilities of pliable materials that are something less than perfectly structural? When a material system tends to slump instead of span, is there an architectural future for that system? In response to these queries, Pillow Bacchanal proposes a future where the slump of pliable materials is valuable for its posture, its carriage, and the precise ways in which it can suggestively initiate interactions with an audience.


Inspiration


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No Sympathy for the Devil by Auguste Leveque

Bacchanalia by Peter Paul Ruben

Pillow Bacchanal sets out to accommodate inate human pleasures, namely: bathing, lounging, and resting. The posture and character borrowed inspiration from the aggregated human forms depicted in roman bacchanal paintings. Meanwhile, the objects’ structure and mechanics were derived from the inner structures and states of slump found in echinoderms. Baroque furniture was also influential in its surface treatments and attitude towards the human form in states of relief.


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The Lounger

The Bather


“The Bather”


“The Sleeper”


Technical


Custom Fabrication

Fabrication Design, Fabrication Documents | Quicken Loans | Detroit, MI | 2013

Panelization, data management and representation (AutoCAD)


Concept Prototyping

Concept Design, Prototyping, Fabrication Documents | Wuzheng | Shandong, China | 2015

In this corporate hotel, movement under projected shadows create a reference to the forest canopy. An innovated lighting system comprised of stacked wood panels and concealed uplighting allows the glow of the wood screens to enhance the transition from work to rest while also providing a memorable experience that instils Wuzheng’s role as a leader in agricultural innovation.


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Panel B back

Possible Orientations An individual panel is constructed by stacking three different orientations on top of one another. No complete panel can have two of the same orientation. Try to avoid any repeat panels.


Detail Design

Detail Design, Construction Documents | Wuzheng | Shandong, China | 2015

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Digital Illustration Miscellaneous | 2014-2016


Physical

Miscellaneous | 2012

Design and modeling (basswood, chipboard, plexiglass)


Hand drawing (ink)

Hand drawing (pencil)


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