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Portfolio

Alex Hassell


interform Alex Hassell 2011-2015 Selected Works

Alex Hassell 404.431.5614 interhassell@gmail.com www.alexhassell.com


Background 02 Approach - Biography 03 Resume Academic 08 20 26 30 32 36

Extroverted | Divide Urban Brew Space Activation Helical Array Inter Form Communal City

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Zero City

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Inter City

Competition Professional

CONTENTS


Approach : interform

Architecture is a profession of motion and activity. Interstice is defined as space between space. I like to think of it as the positive-negative or solid-void relationship architecture creates in urban and suburban spaces.

Interform, the title of this portfolio, is also the title of my manifesto for architecture. The experiential quality of architecture has always been important to me along with how movement through space is defined by architecture and its experience. Biography

I am currently working at Perkins + Will in Atlanta, GA where I am focusing on strengthening my skills and techniques. I look forward to evolving as a designer and adding to those personal abilities and skills that allow me to help a firm/company grow. With strong communication, organizational, and project management skills, I am confident I will be a valuable asset. My background in architectural technology and dedication to the project assigned make me a passionate employee who strives to achieve the best quality in the most efficient time.

APPROACH + BIO


Alex Hassell 660 Ralph Mcgill Blvd Atlanta, Ga USA 404.431.5614

interhassell@gmail.com www.alexhassell.com

Work Experience Perkins + Will Junior Architect - Arch I

Burt Hill Construction Administrator - Technical Specialist June 2008 - April 2009

Atlanta, GA June 2014 - Current Professional design position in the Healthcare market sector for a top

Washington, DC

conception on trace paper through all project phases. One of the primary contacts for project information, program, cost and departmental/ building square footage updates. Lead and collaborated departmental user meetings through each phase of planning and design. Assisted in BIM managment of project Revit models and training of team members through project standards.

Managed/ coordinated a $7 Million design/build project. Processed incoming Submittals, RFIs, Change Orders, and Bulletins with associated consultants. Assisted in managing bi-monthly onsite progress meetings and Value Engineering negotiations. Performed regular AutoCAD/ Revit tasks. Alpha Collier Architectural Intern

Raleigh, NC The Beck Group Architectural Intern Dallas, TX May 2013 - August 2013 Assisted in Construction and Design Development documents for a local Dallas area design-build project. My main responsibilities included: Day to day Revit project model adjustments and perfections, as well as

GRSI Goverment Engineering Consultant - Architectural Drafter May 2012 - August 2012 Februrary 2011 - August 2011 Government Drafting and Construction Administration Consultant. Top secret clearance provided. Further position details available in interview setting.

Spartanburg, SC

plans and roof plans.

May 2007 - July 2007 October 2003 - December 2003


Educat ion Graduate Clemson University Clemson, SC USA Master of Architecture May, 2014

Undergraduate/ Extended Education University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA USA [IN]Arch Summer Institute for Environmental Design Post-Baccalaureate Architectural Studio Summer 2010

East Carolina University Greenville, NC USA B.S. Design Architectural Design and Drafting May, 2008

Skills AutoCAD/ Autodesk Autodesk Revit Rhinoceros Google Sketchup Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Word Excel Website/ logo Design

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Accreditations LEED AP - Homes Top Secret - Level 3 Clearance ADDA Certified Architectural Drafter ADDA Certified Mechanical Drafter

References available upon request

RESUME


Program: Airport Detention Center Location: Los Angeles, CA Year: 3rd Year M.Arch [2013] *In collaboration with Sean Morrissey Typical spaces of incarceration today have become spaces of detachment from society and provide no dialogue with their surroundings. Extroverted Divide attempts to break from that mold with the central idea of showcasing the time, processes, movement. and flows of people in/ out and within the facility. Normally thought of stationary and mundane objects, the housing and general population spaces showcase the constant flow of people new and old, as well as movement of people in this time of detention. The facility itself acts as a buffer between the chaos of the Airport and Lincoln Bouvelard to the south and the calm and tranquil community environment to the north. The facility fufills a need of satisfying a program, but also creates a new condition to the north that creates a park for the community to gather. The project creates a public display of the publicly funded process that normally is hidden from plain view. The facility will also take advantage of every opportunity in passive and efficient design to both create an example for future I.C.E. Detention Centers and lighten the amount of money needed from tax dollars for operating costs.

EXTROVERTED | DIVIDE LAX I.C.E Detention Center Los Angeles, California

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Function Diagrams

Space Diagrams

Space Diagrams


The Site is located adjacent to Los Angeles Airport (LAX). The dynamics of this relationship allowed us to take our ideas and layout the site in a functional and aesthetic approach. We wanted the site to respond to the “negative” associated with being close to an airport and make them into “positives”. - All housing units will be elevated at least one level above grade. - Facility entrance and exit is located on secure lower level. - Detainees will all have seperate private spaces. - All detainees will be supplied an activity monitoring device that also serves as a food ticket and room key. - Transparency and open space also are used to create an open secure environment that connects facility to pulbic surroundings.


A SITE DIVIDED

WALL/ BUFFER

HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT

SITE FORCES

SERVICE

MEDIA WALL


PROGRAM

PLENUM SPACE

COMMUNITY

Located just north of LAX International Airport. The site provides many different dynamic qualities. Due to its proximity to the airport and Lincoln Blvd, the site has a large amount of public exposure. The site is also a transitional space between south and north, a publicprivate relationship. Within that context this site demands to act as a buffer between these elements. A built project which improves the neighborhood to the north allowing them to reclaim a plot of land thought as unhospitable due to the airport. These challenges allowed us to design a goverment buillding in plain site which by its existance improves the lives of the community and context. Extroverted Divide is a study on the dynamic between form and function and the response to the context it sits within. The facility itself acts as a buffer and a filter between the airport and the neighboring community to the north. The facility fulfills a need to satisfy a program, but also creates a new community condition to the north in an area the footprint of the building does not impact. A park is envisioned on the north end of the site which invites the community to disperse towards the airport again and inhabit a space hidden from plain view. Extroverted Divide puts on display the process of detention and community, blurring the stigma that comes with detention and incarceration.


The individual and family housing units are designed to provide a humane private space for living, but also economized in size to create a cost effective and efficient facility. The 20’ x 10’ units are rotated 27° to allow units below to create entry and balcony spaces for the units above. The central open space in turn becomes the backbone for the compounding axes, acting as vertical structure, a plumbing chase, and a natural ventilation chimney.

HOUSING UNITS


Detention Public Space + Corridor


Detention Recreation + Open Space


Cloak + Media Wall The barrier, although it acts as a divide between north/south and public versus private, it also creates a dialogue with the southern context of Lincoln Boulevard and LAX. By creating a screen that reflects the constant flows and activities during the day, as well as absorb energy using photovoltaics embedded in the 5’ x 5’ glass panels, at night, that energy is used to create a media wall to the south. Each glass panel becomes a programed “pixel” that informs the public about the process of the detention center and the individuals that are currently living there. This public art takes the finger scans of the detainees and projects them into a pixelated art for the public. The wall can also be used for public address and marketing for the city. The wall not only shades and buffer the southern exposure, noises, and fumes, but becomes a communicative piece both for the city and the facility.

01. Primary Structure 02. Baffle Arms 03. Sound & Light Baffles 04. Led’s & Structure 05. Glass Structure 06. Pv Glass

MEDIA WALL


Day + Reflection

Dusk

Night + Media

Lincoln Blvd. Night Rendering


Program: Downtown Urban Brewery Location: Greenville, SC Year: 2nd Year M.Arch [2012] *Individual Design An architectural study on the typology of an urban brewery. Traditionally a typology reserved for restored warehouse districts located on the periphery of downtown/ urban spaces, brewery design has managed to avoid a specific typology of modern design. Since the late 80’s and early 90’s small business/ microbreweries have grown in popularity and the evolution of these breweries into larger spaces has demanded the architectural profession to evaluate the social tool of brewing beer and its connection to the built environment. I looked at the site as a solid volume through which site forces, urban nodes and interactions influenced the final form. In the end the final space interacted with the context of the city of Greenville so harmoniously that the form became the product of a cities social interactions and physical/ meta-physical interpretations. An interplay of public and private spaces was envisioned, where the interlocking nature of this space informed an experience.

URBAN • BREW Downtown Brewery Greenville, South Carolina

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Downtown Parking and Enterainment

I wanted a space for gathering and viewing much like the major nodal Business District

Falls Bridge and Restaurants

DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE, SC

Main Street Rendering

experience at Falls Bridge, so I decided to design a complex which contained a central courtyard with visual transparency to the brewing tanks and process.


linear node

situational node

site views


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Brewery Elevation

SITE PLAN 1. BREWERY 2. MULTI PURPOSE COURTYARD 3. TAPROOM AND RESTAURANT 4. GIFT SHOP/ ADMIN 5. ENTRY PLAZA 6. COMMUNAL PLAZA 7. ADMIN/ STAFF ENTRY 8. SECONDARY COURTYARD ENTRY 9. SERVICE ACCESS 10. GRAIN SILOS

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BREWERY SPACE LOADING DOCK UNCONDITIONED STORAGE CONDITIONED STORAGE BATHROOMS ADMIN OFFICES BATHROOM VESTIBULE HEAD CHEF OFFICE STORAGE


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MULTI PURPOSE COURTYARD MEZZANINE ENTRY BREWERY FOYER BREWERY SPACE GIFT SHOP TAPROOM/ REST. ENTRY WAITING AREA/ ELEVATOR TAPROOM LOUNGE TAPROOM BAR BATHROOM LEVEL ENTRY RESTAURANT LEVEL ENTRY SECONDARY COURTYARD ENTRY RESTAURANT SUPPLY LOADING DOCK STREET FRONT PLAZA

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MEZZANINE PATIO MEZZANINE MEZZANINE ENTRY OPEN TO BELOW - BREWERY SPACE ELEVATOR SERVICE ELEVATOR STAIRCASE ENTRY RESTUARANT SPACE RESTUARANT PATIO OPEN TO BELOW - TAPROOM LOUNGE RESTAURANT KITCHEN KITCHEN/ TAPROOM CHILLER MEETING ROOM


Program: Drop Down Ceiling Design Location: Clemson, SC Year: 3rd Year M.Arch [2013] *Individual Design An architectural study on the dynamics of a drop down ceiling and how one could design the “sixth surface” to reactivate a dull space. Often overlooked, the sixth surface of a room in this case is an exposed structural cieling showing the structural intent of the architect. The “site” of this installation is the kitchen of Lee III, Clemson Universities Architecture School. This space is often underutilized, leaving this room vacant and a waste. The intent of this design is to activate this space and circulate students back into the cafe space and invite people to stay rather than move through. Developed in 1950’s, drop down ceilings were used to conceal the underside of floors/ ductwork and electrical equipment as well as provide acoustical treatment to the room. This design tessalates and prismatically pierces into the space providing eye-catching shadows and detail lines.

SPACE • ACTIVATE Drop Down Ceiling Clemson, South Carolina 26 27


SPACE:ACTIVATE

by Alex Hassell

CONNECT

CONNECT

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ridges valleys

fold and perforate

flatten and notch

3D into 2D

CONNECT


SPACE:ACTIVATE

by Alex Hassell

Installation with Light

Installation

Underside

Notches


Program: Pendant Lamp Design Location: Clemson, SC Year: 3rd Year M.Arch [2013] *Individual Design “Helical Array” is a study on the creation of a dynamic lamp shade which exhibits a tectonic display of form with just the use of a simple repeated array. What started as an exploration of the shell and its threedimensionality enhanced through illumination, became an observation of subtraction as if the bulb had a force upon the shell of the helix. The “cross” became the perfect unit of design allowing tortion to enhance the edges and corners as the form grows in scale and rotates about its’ axis. The volumetric result of the form was inspired by nature and the inclusion of light and how that force would reflect on “nature”.

HELICAL • ARRAY Pendant Lamp Design Clemson, South Carolina 30 31


Program: Highline Park Museum Location: New York City, New York Year: 1st Year M.Arch [2011] *Individual Design A study on the dialogue between form and function. Challenged with an architectural design which celebrates both the connection to the ground plane and a connection with the Highline Park, circulation became the most important factor to inform the design. This was a form generated from experiential movement through space or how people interact with their linear environment and how they inherently want to interact with a physical structure. How can an architectural form celebrate a linear park?

INTER • FORM NYC Highline Park Museum New York City, New York

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01 Site

02 Max Volume

03 Lift

04 Push

05 Twist

06 Infill

07 Adjust

08 Node

An early intention of my design was to make my site as a “node” along the Highline and celebrate the linear park with an “entrance” as well as a landmark. So my parti became the ground level rising to meet the Highline. Once the volume peels up from the ground level, the space or “void” leftover creates a pool, a suggestion of the design theory of solid/void or positive/negative space. The envisioned form twists to align itself along New York Cities grid system of rectilinear blocks and diagonal avenues; this museum in return embodies the dynamic nature of circulation through the context of its environment. The interior environment from the ground-up deconstructs the “art” of architecture. The ground level of the museum holds a cafe and library of architecture; a space for visitors to study architecture, reflect, or relax away from the busy city, but also to connect itself with the nature of the space above. The Highline level is open which allows the casual passer-by to move unobstructed through the space. Throughout the open corridor there are artistic pieces and sculptures designed by famous architects, a friendly reminder of the traditional museum. On the remaining upper levels of the museum is an “open” rotating gallery of architectural models and plans from around the world, making this museum popular from an international perspective.


Cafe Rendering

Highline Level + Architecture Museum


Program: Community Center Location: Sapphire Valley, North Carolina Year: 1st Year M.Arch [2011] *Individual Design An initial parti developed from combining basic ideas of communal circulation. A diagrammatic scheme of juxtaposedinterlocking volumes was envisioned, sharing a common centralized space for dispersed circulation. Linear volumes connect clustered spaces - with intimate spacial consideration to the contextual surroundings of the site. This became a study on the design of an architectural form facilitating community-use with existing natural moments of grandeur.

01 Interconnected Volumes

02 Centralized Circulation

03 Viewshed Form COMMUNAL • CITY Community Center Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION - NORTH1. OFFICE

2. STORAGE 3. MEN’S BATHROOM 4. WOMAN’S BATHROOM 5. ELEVATOR 6. ENTRY/ LOBBY 7. RECEPTION DESK 8. COMMUNITY CLASSROOM 9. MEETING/ CONF. 10. STAIR 11. 2ND FLOOR LOBBY 12. PATIO 13. KITCHEN 14. GRAND PATIO 15. ART GALLERY 16. COAT ROOM 17. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM


Program: Zero Energy City Location: Hypothetical Urban Waterfront Year: 1st Year M.Arch [2011] *Two Person Group Charrette Water is the most abundant natural resource on our planet which is why almost all major cities are located near a lake, river, or sea. Hydroelectricity is not a new technology, accounting for 88 % of all renewable energy in the world in 2008. Presently, water is harnessed using its natural movement; river flows, tides, and waves. A new proposal would suggest a universally applicable and nearly perpetual system, ultimately creating self-sufficiency within cities. As an extension of any water bordering city, a new green space would be created atop a system of spillways and turbines placed in an adjacent body of water. This system would metaphorically reflect the nature of how sustainable and safe this new perpetual energy source would be, where people and energy co-exist harmoniously. A closer look into the process shows infiltrating water would be channeled into turbines creating energy with each turn of the propeller. After powering the turbine, the uncontaminated water would be pumped out of cisterns back into the original water source. To achieve near-perpetuity and increase the load factor of the system, a solar absorptive membrane canopy would create and store electricity to power the high efficiency pumps.

ZERO • CITY Community Center Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

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Renderings Courtesy of The Beck Group

Architectural Intern Summer 2013 The Beck Group Dallas, Texas USA

Job Duties: Assisted in Construction and Design Development documents for a local Dallas area design-build project. My main responsibilities included: Day to day Revit project model adjustments and perfections, as well as coordination with a consulting architecture firm for classical design precedents.

INTER • CITY Parkland Memorial Hospital Dallas, Texas

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Junior Architect June 2014 - Current Project

Job Duties: Assisted in design from conception on trace paper through all project phases. One of the primary contacts for project information, program, cost and departmental/ building square footage updates. Lead and collaborated departmental user meetings through each phase of planning and design. Assisted in BIM managment of project Revit models and training of team members through project standards.

INTER • CITY

Atlanta, GA


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