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Amy Jarvis

D e s i g n - Fa b r i c a t i o n - I n s t a l l a t i o n


The collapse of the housing market has scarred the American (and foreign) economy leaving the working man, elderly and young professionals wading in the world of renting. Those not classified as middle to upper class are facing huge problems with finding affordable housing without giving up the amenities of suburbia. The elderly and newly retired find themselves upside down on their mortgages, foreclosed, or not able to sell in this unforgiving market. The millennials, people aged 17- 29, are taking longer to go through school and become financially responsible, many of which are moving back home (boomerangers) or borrow money from their families. This prototype is a simple programmatic adjustment on an old idea. The building is a podium product with wrap around retail and commercial space on the ground and second floor, and residential above. Parking is the core of the building supplying structural support

to the public park above. The housing element consists of two unit types. Forty “skinny” units are designed with a young professional in mind. These are 2 level units directly aligned with a parking space. The units are 528 sq. ft. at $100/ sq. ft. these units will be sold for $53,000-$64,000 depending on add-ons and parking garage financing. The second element is designed with retirees and handicapped residents in mind. These units are wider units book ended by community spaces. The deck park links the residents and the retail/commercial patrons together. The features of this park include walking/jogging paths, low maintenance foliage, reflecting pools, a recreational pool, playground, and interactive digital media plaza. Developing housing with a specific demographic in mind aids in the determination of size, amenities, and aesthetics. Pairing the rapidly growing retired generation with the young crowd is a perfect match. The twenty-some

things are known for always being connected, driving trend setting retail and restaurants, and having an active lifestyle. The retired community may not be completely in the mix of the hip and new, but they do want to remain connected to the younger generations, keep active with hobbies and volunteering, and spectate the world outside of their residence. Retirees and the elderly are excellent providers of what Jane Jacobs coined in The Death and Life of Great American Cities as “eyes on the street” to provide security to the block. The financial key to this prototype lies within the sizing of the units so that the paid-for-space is modest and the open community space is generous in size and amenities. Also, finding retail tenants which would pay for much if not all of the parking garage, linking the deck to the street level and establishing it as a city park, and securing digital media tenants are also integral links to the financial feasibility of the block.

Mixed Use Housing Prototype for a Forgotten Demographic

Lattice Screen to be Configured Per Site


Optional Balcony

530 sq.ft. 1 allotted parking space $53,000-65,000

Target Demographic:

Young Professionals Couples with no children Singles


Household Income: $20,000 Monthly Expenditures: $400 Loan Product: 10 yr. fixed Annual Interest Rate: 3.7% Down Payment: $5,000 Optional Connection To Deck Monthly Payment: $333

11’ Top Box Shipped to Site

9’ Bottom Box Shipped to Site



Toronto’s waterfront, near the West Don Lands, is approximately 1,120,000 sq. ft. of under utilized real estate. The lake front property lies just west of the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes Village and training facilities, and will be the site for the new state-ofthe-art awards pavilion. Once the games have commenced, the athletes village will be tweaked and sold as permanent residences and the pavilion + park will remain as community amenities without leaving the financial burden of maintenance. The pavilion

will create all energy needed to host events, awards, and concerts through the aid of 272 micro turbines and wind tunneling roof geometries. These turbines are nestled between the inner (thermal) shell and outer (structural) shell. The geometries of this double roof system create negative pressure to push wind through the turbines that start spinning with wind speeds at 4.5 m/s. The harvesting capacity of the turbines is 317 kwh/day; the CO2 offset is 68.1 metric tons annually or roughly the same about used to power

a U2 concert tour. The double shell structure not only allows for harvesting wind, but a stronger thermal protection again some extreme temperature gradients occurring in Toronto. The interior of the inner shell is finished with yellow birch, a local species with a excellent acoustical properties. The exterior is clad in operable vinyl panels that allow the pavilion to expel stagnant heat in the summer and protect against bitter cold in the winter.



272 94cm Micro Turbines Offsetting 68.14 Metric Tons of CO2 Semi-Transparent Outer Shell Yellow Birch Acoustic Shell Stadium Seating

SHIFT TOWERS with Taylor Cell

MTA Highrise New York City, New York Presented to:

Doug Tilden, Project Executive, East Side Access Heath May, Senior Designer, HKS John Hessler, Principal, HKS Betsey Del Monte, Principal, The Beck Group

Total hieght: 657’

19-40: Spec office levels

13-18 Anchor office tenant 10-12: Spec office levels 4-9: Anchor office tenant 3: The Executive Club

1,-2: Specialy retail, service courts, cafes, MTA connection

Site Area: 22,500 sq. ft. Office Components: Baker & Mackenzie Law Firm: 106, 225 sq. ft. InStyle Magazine: 89, 435 sq. ft. Spec Office Multi Tenant: 295,224 sq. ft. Anchor Retail: InStyle Fashion Fair: 46,759 sq. ft.

Total Project Cost $435,642,764 Internal Rate of Return 12.46%

Net Operating Income At Year 3 $29,289,649 Cap Rate 6.00% Discount Rate 7.50% Capital Stack Bank of America at 65% for $284,448,222 J.P. Morgan Chase at 25% for $109,403,162 Pension Fund at 10% for $43,761,265 Site Area: 200’x125= 22,500sqft FAR Given: 15 FAR requested for site enhancements: 3 FAR purchased from grand centtral station: 8 TOTAL = 26 far = (26 x 22,500 sqft)= 585,000 (585,000 x 6%)+ 585,000= 620,000 sqft


40-43: Penthouse office suites and world class sky bar

Digital Fabrication


designer: Randy Twaddle + TOPOCAST production + installation Featured in FabriKator Blog of A/N Š 2012 TOPOCAST Lab


designer: Amy Jarvis, Taylor Cell + Navid Tehrani design + production

CAST THICKET designer: yo_cy

production © 2012 TOPOCAST Lab


designer: UTA Digital Fabrication Studio design + production


production © 2012 TOPOCAST Lab

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Amy Jarvis Architecture Portfolio  

Brief Collection of Work 2011-2013