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Re[cycle]ed Bench

Jenga

Precedent

Enclosure

[Holism]

Pathway Park

Deciduous

Seed and Blossom

Burning Man Team Bench

Flat Packed Bench

Shelving Unit

This portfolio is a sampling of my work as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The projects within demonstrate my experience in space planning, furniture design, museum installation, parametric fabrication and 3-D modeling.


Re[cycle] ed bench

rendering in context

mounted in ground

bike rack

designer

abigail buchanan

bench

Re[cycle]ed bench is 1/2 bench and 1/2 bike rack. This design emerged from the challenge to design a custom piece of furniture for the new student run store that opened on UNCG’s campus Spring of 2012. This design utilizes reclaimed flat steel strips that are curved and secured into the ground. By having a dual purpose, this piece further supports the idea of sustainability by optimizing material usage and reducing the need for multiple pieces of furniture.


Jenga

group diagram

rear atrium

front view of complex

designers

abigail buchanan, corry mears, austin loman.

garden/patio

In project Jenga, I joined forces with two others as we sought to create one cohesive unit based off of the conceptual words joint, groove, and glide. Gradually we built higher and higher, adding more units and components for multiple residents. The strong “C” shaped elements represent an element that was once joined and then gradually glided apart. “Grooved” out from the building are various paths of egress that release out into a multi level patio that wraps around the rear of the building. Incorporating nature was also important to our design as we created gathering spaces for residences to come together and enjoy the nature around them. We all had an equal voice in the design and then later divided into separate tasks. Renderings were produced by Corry Mears, technical drawings produced by Austin Loman, and model making was my main focus.


PRECEDENT:

BORDEAUx house

elevation depicting the function of each floor

photo credit: corry mears

photo credit: corry mears

designers

abigail buchanan, corry mears, raul garcia.

photo credit: corry mears

The objective of this project was to study and build both a digital and physical model of the Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhaas. To the right is a rendering of the model I built within Rhino and rendered with Vray, Illustrator and Photoshop. Later, I collaborated with two other students as we created a physical model that demonstrated how the three layers of the building interacted with the surrounding landscape.


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enclosure

first ideation

top linear arrangement of logs

ideation model

side steel support

ideation model

iron enclosing logs

designer

abigail buchanan

This project, Enclosure, was designed for a furniture competition headed up by the company, GroovyStuff. The objective was to create a piece of furniture that was comprised of reclaimed pieces of teak and iron that were salvaged by the company from Thailand. This particular table focuses on the use of rectilinear planes intersected by the curvature of reclaimed teak logs. Inspired by the natural beauty of the teak, this table cradles the branches further highlighting and showcasing the beauty of the wood. The contrasting dark frame encloses the wood, suspending the teak branches approximately 6� from the ground.


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paper folding diagram

rendering

packing diagram

model

elevations/sections

model unrolled

designer

abigail buchanan

This project focuses on designing tectonic space while producing minimal waste. Holism is a study that realizes and exploits the idea that any surface can be divided by its simplest geometry, a triangle. The triangles are joined to one another by a live hinge that allows the form to be compressed and expanded from a flat packed square into habitable space. Additionally, the pattern and live hinge allow for a modularity that can be added to, taken away from, or manipulated into other forms. Holism is an example of using digital fabrication to create a form that is aesthetically pleasing, without producing additional by products.


Larger than life

process diagrams

view from top of mound

“pathway park”

grass diagram

descending slide

rendering in context

designers

abigail buchanan, sharece ramos, dajana nedic, daniel salgado, weston willard, jeff linn, carlos smith, christine lumans, anna will, ashley dale, claudia aguilera

Larger Than Life is an exhibit that is coming to Greensboro’s children’s museum, April of 2012. Larger Than Life “...offers visitors of the Greensboro children’s Museum an interactive experience, as children play and learn to navigate through a larger-than-life landscape. Children follow their natural sense of curiosity to discover their individual pathways, venturing through sky-high blades of musical grass, scaling mounds of stepped terrain, and sliding through an exaggerated exhibition of our natural world.”


3’ 3’ 1’ 1’

8’

8’

Split Whole

Vertical Scale 1:3 Ratio

Split Whole

Vertical Scale 1:3 Ratio

Rotate Unit “Breaking the Grid”

Introducing the Slide Component

Locating the Flower Component

Rotate Unit “Breaking the Grid”

Introducing the Slide Component

Locating the Flower Component

30’’ 36’’

6”

12”

18”

24”

30’’ 36’’

6”

6”24” 18” 12” 12” 18” 6”

Final Scale

12” 18”

Final Scale


Deciduous

process ideations

leg detail

surface detail

designer

abigail buchanan

frame detail

Inspired by regional topography and the changes in elevation, I chose to explore how a material could be striped away at different levels to reveal and accentuate its natural form. This coffee table utilizes one piece of baltic birch plywood that is used for all pieces of the table. For different parts of the table, I focused on revealing and highlighting the different plies of the baltic birch. The stepped hexagons expose the horizontal layers, the frame of the table accentuates the natural plies, and the legs of the table are cut across the plies to reveal the wood at another level.


seed & blossom

seed

step 2

alternate

step 3

designer

abigail buchanan

step 1

My objective was simply to create a new form out of the battered pages of a dust collecting book. With a few square pages and some wooden spheres, I decided to recreate the life cycle of a flower. First as a seed and then as a blossom.


Burning Man Team Bench

photo credit: jillian northrup

legs slotted into back

prototypes

underneath bench seat

designers

abigail buchanan, jillian northrup, jefferey mcgrew

back

While interning at Because We Can, I was commissioned to create a flat packed bech prototype to be used at Burning Man by the Serpent Twins Crew. Inspired by the 1920s and Amelia Earhart, this wing backed bench was created from one piece of plywood and assembled with no additional pieces of hardware.


Flat PAcked Bench

aspire file for export to CNC

final prototype

cnc milling

designers

abigail buchanan

prototype

For this project I was given a solid mass of a bench and was asked to create a flat pack design to then fabricate on the cnc. It was imperative to create a sturdy model that could withstand its use at Burning Man, so I aided in modeling and building several prototypes that utilized different variations of the waffle flat pack design.


Shelving unit

sliding doors

interior shelving

joinery detail

designers

abigail buchanan

door handles

This shelving unit was designed to encase the stereo system and shop tools at Because We Can. This cabinet was my first experience using Revit to design a furniture piece. After completing the Revit model, I exported the doors of the cabinet into Adobe Illustrator where I was more easily able to design the decorative motifs.


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Fall 2012 Portfolio