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melius, adam c. Portfolio of work University of michigan 2007-2010


1: modelspace 2007

My first project done at the University of Michigan. Task was to rearrange and experiment with a given material and amount following guidelines of the given configuration. This model is an abstraction of a play with the cut and built materials as they split spatial planes.


model made of mdf and bass wood


2: chicago 2007

My first project done at the University of Michigan. Task was to rearrange and experiment with a given material and amount following guidelines of the given configuration. This model is an abstraction of a play with the cut and built materials as they split spatial planes.


LIBRARY/ ARCHIVALS 1240 SQ. FT.

KITCHEN AND STAFF

LAVATORIES

GARDENS

MECHANICAL

TASTING AND TOASTING 5696 SQ. FTL

PRIVATE DINING

GARDENS

1300 SQ. FTL

SITTING ROOM 1220 SQ. FT.

FIRST FLOOR

DINING FLOOR 1/8” = 1’-0

DINING FLOOR

FIRST ROOFTOP 1/8” = 1’-0

1/8” = 1’-0

1/8” = 1’-0

SECOND ROOFTOP 1/8” = 1’-0

1/8” = 1’-0

1/8” = 1’-0

N ADAM C. MELIUS ARCH412 UG4 OCTOBER 12, 2007 C. BORUM


3: detroit 2008 Advisor: craig borum

Design-driven by the forms made of a continuous surface that can both cut and make all elements of the program of a culinary school and restaurant in the famous Eastern Market of downtown Detroit. The importance was to open up the street to the market, welcoming the sidewalk into the kitchen, and to make a seat and table to the larger context of the urban market and the residents of Detroit.

rendering of design in context of Eastern Market


model of ceramic and bass wood


Interior sketch with the design of the market showing the cut moves of the outside facade as they interact with the daylighting and privacy issues of the interior programs. The cafe and market are on the ground floor while the culinary school was above - the design made it necessary to provide the balance between a seclusion and an expression for the school and market.


4: CARDSTOCK 2008 Advisor: craig borum

Various photos of built model using only palying cards.

Studio exercise in structure. Utilizing playing cards to elevate and hold a full deck of cards without the use of staples, glue, or tape. Work completed with YuChen Chang.


5: Piano Wire 2008

Studio project where the stipulations were made of suspending a hard boiled egg over a certain spot above a flat plane using only soldered piano wire and foamcore base. Work finished with Evan Hall.


6: cincinnati 2008

Task was a construction of a public natatorium in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The program was to facilitate a center held by a regulation sized Olympic pool complimented and completed by training facilities, locker rooms, and spectator seating. The design is a play on form finding following the work done with piano wire and 3D modeling software. Work finished with Dwight Song.

Right: Diagrammatic renderings of program and space Left: Various design sketches, notes


Early models creating the edges of the form. At the same time defining structure and shape.


ELEVATION

Interior Rendering

ELEVATION


Above: Elevation rendering Below Right: East elevation rendering Below: Site

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Interior Rendering


7: detroit 2008

Studio project where I worked withing the interstitial of urban and rural outside Detroit. The chase was to make a rhizomatic architectural engine piece that can address and reinvent blighted areas. My design was to utilize the existing infrastructure, namely the roadways, railways, and waterways to densify and then design large residential/manufacturing nodes where the pedestrian scale is encouraged and the vehicular scale is optimized. Work involved finding and using statistics, social trends, and cultural points to derive form and connection while detailing a utopic vision.


N. Woodside Ave. (2) Northeastern Hwy (2) Alger St. (2) Brush St. (2) Palmer St. 13 Mile @John R (3) 13 Mile @Dequidre Rd. (4) 13 Mile @ Ryan Rd. Groveland St. Townley St. Osmun St. Blairmoor Dr. Edward Ave. (2) Westmore Dr. E. Whitcombe Ave. Pauland Dr. (2) Wexford Dr. Hillcrest Dr. Dawson Dr. Meckl Dr. George Dr. Dell Ln. (2) Gruenburg Dr. Tropea Dr. (2) Shampo Dr. Carlton Dr. Ryan Rd. @ Chicago Rd. Heavenly Ct. Kensington Blvd. 14 Mile Rd @ Ryan Rd. (2) 14 Mile Rd @ Mound Chalfonte Dr. (2) Audubon Dr. (2) Berwyn Dr. (3) S. Tuxedo Dr. Holden Dr. Norrid Dr. Belleau Dr. Wixson Dr. Reid Dr. Blair Dr. Walker Dr. (2) Orvylle Dr. (3) Burssens Dr. Sycamore Dr. Red Oak Dr. Muriel Dr. Runey Dr. (2) Meckler Ln. (2) Trailwood Ln Woodpark Cir. (2) Heritage Pkwy (3) Burberry Dr. (8) Lyons Dr. (3) Buchanan Ave. Buchanan Dr. Cloverly Ct. (2) Chicago Rd. Grinsell Dr. (2) Earle Dr. Greenbriar Ave. Lowe Ave. (2) Hartlein Dr. Pine Ridge Ln Maple Ridge Ln Cedar Ridge Ln Tanglewood Dr. Howard Ave. (2) Herbert St. Moulin Ave. (3) Milton Ave. 12 Mile @ Herbert 12 Mile @ Ryan (2) Elliott Ave. (2) Winthrop Dr. (2) Fontaine Ave. Shirley Ave. (2) Dulong Ave (2) Tessmer Ct. (4) Lee Frank Common Rd. (3) Shady Dr. Merrick Ave. Geoffrey Dr. Walter Ave (2) Bradmore Rd. Mackenzie Cir. E. Nottingham Cir. Warner Ave. Peck Ave. Adams Ave. Knollwood Dr. (2)

147 Homes between John R. Road and Hoover Rd are currently on the market

due toand foreclosure. (RealtyTrac, Nov. Rd 2008) are currently on 147 Homes between John R Road Hoover 380 people will have been forced to move residence.Nov. (US Census,2008) 2006). the market due to their foreclosure (RealtyTrac,

380 people will have been forced to move (US Census, 2006) Where will the Periphery be evolved to retain these hundreds of people and how?

The Periphery as it has arrived to us is as an immense landscape of valuable waste. The growth and survival of the peripheral requires many mechanisms in order to be. There are countless mechanisms tha can be inserted into theis role, but without empty space, the car, cheap raw material, and nomadic minded people the periphery will cease to exist. Without one one characterisitc, the others cannot happen to their highest capacity. The car uses cheap raw material to be made and moved while the care moves materials through vast empty landscapes to people who mostly have come from somewhere else and will see thier children leave from there. Speculative tendencies about in this landscape, in the architecture, work, goods, and homes. How can the periphery then be made as the destination. How can movement over vast tracts of asphalt and concrete be made into an importance on proximity to all users. Can there be a source for identity to be foudn in the periphery, so investment can be made where a warranty is forever? Where does the diversity and adaptation ďƒžt into this landscape of dislocation and fad?


Program into Program

Filling Facade

Densifying Program

Top: Figure Drawing of the site. Not to Scale. Carving diagram


All Top: Process Diagrams

Site Drawing. Not to Scale


Top: Rendered Site Plan Right: Street Scene Day and Night Below: Abstract Site Elevation


Rendering


Rendering


8: cleveland 2009

A connective tissue strategy where individual programs could be placed within the birthplace of Standard Oil, The Flats in Cleveland. I utilized the existing infrastructure, including roadways, pilings, and bridges to connect buildings. My work was to design an education facility that crossed the Cuyahoga river, connecting the peninsula between the downtown Cleveland area and the adjacent community of Ohio City. The want to shore up the deteriorating shoreline and to provide the opportunity of community and gathering through exhibit spaces and workshop rooms all interconnecting and projectionary.

Site Analysis


HOW LARGE IS THE COLUMBUS PENINSULA?

UM Big House

Scale Study 30MileAerial

The Athens Acropolis

A&A Building

St.Peters in Rome

Great Pyramid @ Giza Peninsula Size Diagram

HOW LARGE IS THE COLUMBUS PENINSULA?

UM Big House

Line of Site Diagram

Space above and Below Diagram

A&A Building

Activating Peninsula Diagram

St.Peters in Rome

Hopping the Cuyahoga Diagram


Experimental Site Model

Experimental Building Model

Experimental Site Model


Early Model of Design


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Site and Floor Plan. Not to Scale


Sketches of design in cotext

FoamCore Model


Section

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Elevation


Elevation

Elevation


9: Marfa, tx 2009

Project where the design was developed through the hybridization of building elements. The elements I worked with were the stair and the door. Following this was to design a private library in Marfa Texas. My design was to take cues from the nearby railroad tracks and to play off the passing of cargo carriers as they travel through the many small towns of West Texas. Using the elemensts of the entire site I wanted to bring the public square into the collection of books, while providing a barrier from the harsh elements of the sun and heat.

Below Right: Figure Ground map of Marfa Page: Bird’s Eye Rendering


Charcoal Sketches from Big Bend National Park


Left: Emerging Stair Models Above: Rough Stair Abstract


Sections through Site


Right: Site Photos Above: City Plan


privatelibrary

library

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Floor Plans


Photos of Model


Elevations


Hand Rendering of Interior View Looking Out


Wall Section and Detail


10: Thesis: Perfect 2009

My thesis culminated in a written book putting forward a guiding principle of my professional age accompanied by images and drawings that put forward rules for the contemporary temple. My position is that temples have dictated architectural forms and faculties for thousands of years and as architects continue to practice in the waning days of the Renaissance, the typology of the architecture of the temple is being continually fractured and scattered into everything architectural. The temple design, shown only as one section and a narrative, I put forward stands as an example for establishing a projective process in architecture and for my utopian profession.


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PERFECT. MELIUS

PERFECT.

ADAM C MELIUS


Composite roofing with glass embedded to allow for stars of light and dark to come through. Natural lighting with reflective ceiling. Absorbing sound, soft to sound and sight. Roof is a barrier to rain and snow, and harsh sun. The roof is a barrier to mud, bombs.

Judges bench of polished marble, where sitting atop is the president, the oldest and wisest. Highest point in the temple to physically occupy, yet must have a precarious journey through and up to reach. Bench for senators, jurors, and janitors. Attached at stone wall and contoured to the sitting person.

Forward plinth for assembly and anticipation for entry. Sitting accomodation, departure from context while utlizing the grad and ground provided. Made of volcanic rock.

Steps that require entire occupation of temple to reach. Made of amber attached with metal between stond block and wall.

Interloping step, a blasting of bright light and the honking of horns. Conversation that can be off record, a chance to unbotton the top button, a chance to take the shoes off and slide on the imbedded textured concrete and marble. Back plinth of nobility and dignity. Transitional. Meant to provide cohesion with the front of plinth, a stage set for a play or recital, or podium with which to speak. Raises the temple up off the ground.

Punctured concrete mason units, rebar, poured concrete, fiberglass. Has a grain that is achieved by using layers of burl as formwork. Beautiful. You want to eat off of the wall. Quiet vending machines. A stage set for decrees and announcements. Magazine rack for waiting. Ground is water-worn pebbles that go directly to the stone walls. Sounds should dampen, the air should be light to breathe. Mechanical Space. Theft Proofing, SoundProofing, ChildProofing subertfuge. A respite for the machine to breath, to exhale, to blink its eyes, and to hide from prying cares.

Hospital beds of asp or maple. Textured and molded slightly to the human curvature. Storage of hymnals and facing forward. Both to be sat on and laid upon. Attachment for waiting, for coffee, for reading. Vault with which valuable are held, including medical machines, gold, relics, jewels, documents, and paintings. Resistant to fire, ventilated controlling of temperature.


melius, adam c. Portfolio of work University of michigan 2007-2010


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