ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO ADAM HEIER
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
London City Hall Study
Schrรถder House Study
Critical Weather Station
PROGRAMMED WALL University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE
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Walls are typically very passive components in most structures but serve a crucial function to spaces defined inside. They can be used to enclose, partition, and divide a space. This project challenges the idea of how humans interact with a wall, how a wall can function, and how a wall can be structured by a system. Through multiple iterations of a branching structure, a final model of the wall was designed to accommodate a nature viewing program and orthographic drawings, as well as an axonometric graphic, were created.
MODELING CURVATURE Many objects encountered daily by humans have a certain natural quality about them mostly because they were intentionally designed in such a way. Ergonomics and creating forms meant to evoke an organic, natural geometry are among some of the reasons designers need to use curvature to achieve the goal of their designs. This project looks at how to build curves and surfaces in Rhino using objects that are ergonomic or organic in form. From the digital model, orthographic elevations and sections were created both as renderings and as line drawings. Perspectives were also set up to match photographs taken of the original object and rendered to appear as similar as possible. TOP ELEVATION
RETHINKING SPACE University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE In every day life, people experience and interact with the spaces they are occupying without being consciously aware of it. Spaces can serve multiple programmatic functions while housing the needs of their occupants. Through a deep analysis of the space most commonly used by me, drawings in both section and plan were constructed to highlight crucial programmatic elements like furniture and circulation paths through the space to show how one might interact with certain objects in a space. From the identified needs in the analysis, the task was to recreate the space through models and orthographic projections to better serve the occupants and enhance the experience of all that enter the space.
LONDON CITY HALL STUDY London, UK Buildings we experience today have the potential to contain complex curvature thanks to new advancements in technology and engineering. London City Hall by Norman Foster has benefited from this progress. Through research, a collection of existing floor plans, elevations, and sections were the basis for the task of analyzing the structure and developing a digital model in Rhino. From this model, plans, sections, elevations, and a series of renderings were to be extracted and modified to fit architectural drawing conventions.
INTERIOR STEEL STRUCTURE
EXTERIOR MULLION STRUCTURE
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
FIFTH FLOOR PLAN
STEEL DETAIL RENDERING
MULLION DETAIL RENDERING
STEEL DETAIL DRAWING
MULLION DETAIL DRAWING
ORNITHOLOGIST RETREAT Omaha, NE A hobbyist has many requirements that need to be satisfied by a space to help foster a hobby and let it grow. Certain hobbies may only need a small space to be a sufficient servant space for the hobbyist. Some hobbies need a combination of indoor and outdoor settings to enhance the hobbyist’s experience. This project studies the concept of analyzing an ornithologist, or bird watcher’s, spatial and programmatic needs, organizing meaningful, programmatic spaces, and examines how that program analysis might be implemented into an existing building in South Omaha and fulfill the needs of the hobbyist.
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
PRIVATE OUTDOOR VIEWING
SECOND FLOOR PLAN
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SCHRöDER HOUSE STUDY Utrecht, Netherlands The concept of architectural dwelling can be manifested and enhanced in many ways. Many structures of the 20th Century, including Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House, question this idea and push limits on what was thought to be possible for this time. Through extensive research and analysis of design processes and intentions of the structure, accurate drawings in plan, section, and elevation and diagrams were produced and enhanced graphically to communicate the design intent of the architect. Also, an analog section model, was constructed to reveal a better idea of the inner workings and how the exterior facade related to the interior dwelling within.
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SECOND LEVEL PLAN
1. SW Balcony 2. Spare Work Room/Bedroom 3. Restroom 4. Hall 5. Bath 6. Bedroom 7. NE Balcony 8. Living/Dining Room 9. Spare Work Room/Bedroom 10. SE Balcony
FIRST LEVEL PLAN
1. Studio 2. Work Room 3. Bedroom 4. Kitchen/Dining Room 5. Restroom 6. Entry/ Hall 7. Study
CRITICAL WEATHER STATION Naval Ammunition Depot, Hastings, NE The notion of tectonics and stereotomics proposed by Gottfried Semper and how the interplay and integration of these two concepts informed many of the formal spatial moves of this project that ultimately formed a weather station in Central Nebraska. Through an analysis of the actual site in Hastings, a new site was constructed, tectonics and stereotomics were added, and a program of spaces incorporated. To further explore the tectonic and stereotomic nature of this structure, a detail section model was constructed to show the potential structure of all the tectonic and stereotomic elements within the space.
GRID PLAN WITH RAIL AND MAJOR ARTERIALS
US Highway 6 Union Pacific Rail Line Nebraska Highway 74
Three mounds parallel to each other
Hastings: 24,907 Glenvil: 310
Small mound with barrier to the east
Populations taken from 2010 census data
CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATED CROP LAND
MAJOR WATER DRAINAGE
Large mound with barrier to the south
OVERALL NAVAL DEPOT SITE MAP
Using this self-design device and a protractor, I was able to obtain the dimensions of my site. To use this, first, line up the yellow measuring tape with the red with the red vertical section line and adjust the modified ruler to fall on top of the plane that is being measured. Record the length measurement on the ruler. Then, clamp the brad pin on the device and lie the device down on the protractor. Record the angle. Because there is now a length (hypotenuse) and an angle, the measurement of the long side length can be found using the sine or cosine trigonometry functions. Once the side length is found, that measurement can be translated to the paper drawing.