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The Work of Alexis Kaloyanides © 2009 – 2012


Contents Graduate Thesis: L.I.C. Cohousing Studio & Competition Projects: PrattStore Two Bridges Library Vitra Design Museum Pilot Point KBH Chair Danish Modern Environment Professional Projects: Callidus Guild


Thesis Statement: L.I.C. Cohousing Despite having a population of over eight million people, New York City can be an isolating place to live. Most of us literally live on top of each other, yet not too many of us really know our neighbors, beyond the obligatory greetings in the stairwells. Now imagine your apartment building as a neighborhood, where you frequently eat meals with the downstairs neighbors and even trust them enough to leave your three-year-old with them for a couple of hours. My thesis aims to build and foster a spirit of cooperation amongst neighbors through the development of an urban cohousing community. Cohousing is a type of intentional community that originated in Denmark in the 1960s. These communities are composed of private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities, including a shared kitchen. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to creating and living in a community. Members cook and enjoy meals together in the shared kitchen at least once or twice per week. Shared childcare and social activities, as well as shared governance all foster a sense of community and cooperation. An effort is made to hear all voices in the community, and major decisions are made only with the consensus of all members. The cohousing movement in the United States has been gaining momentum since it arrived here from Denmark the 1980s, with more than 100 communities spread across the country. However, cohousing has been slower to catch on in urban areas like New York City. In describing the city’s first proposed cohousing project, Brooklyn Cohousing, Robert Sullivan of the New York Times writes, “It is a fundamentally different way of living from other domestic arrangements now available to New Yorkers – one that speaks to people who want to own an apartment but not feel shut off by it, lost in an impersonal city.”


L.I.C. Cohousing The development of this urban cohousing community aims to build and foster a spirit of cooperation amongst neighbors. Cohousing is a type of intentional community that originated in Denmark in the 1960s. These communities are composed of private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities, including a shared kitchen, community lounge, children’s center, and fitness center. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to creating and living in a community. I have chosen to establish L.I.C. Cohousing at an existing site in Hunter’s Point, a triangular structure built in 1916. The building’s shape provided many unique design challenges and opportunities.

Site 21-00 49th Ave., L.I.C., Queens

Adviser Myonggi Sul Project Date 2010 – 2011 Duration 9 months

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Cafe Henri

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Brasil Coffee House

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Chocolate Factory Theater

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MoMA P.S. 1

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BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center

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Dorsky Gallery

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Community Environmental Center

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Silvercup Studios

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Residential Units Concept

BED BED BED POD BED BED POD BED POD BED BED

BATHBATHBATH

POD POD BED POD

BATHBATHBATH LIVING LIVING LIVING ROOM ROOMROOM

KITCHEN + KITCHEN + KITCHEN +

BATHBATHBATH LIVING LIVING LIVING ROOM ROOMROOM

KITCHEN + KITCHEN + KITCHEN +

BED BED

KITCHEN + KITCHEN + KITCHEN +

POD POD BED POD

BATHBATHBATH LIVING LIVING LIVING ROOM ROOMROOM

POD BED POD BED BED POD POD BED BED POD BED POD

BATHBATHBATH

SECTION 1 Bedroom Unit Approx. 450 Sq Ft

SECTION 2 Bedroom Unit Approx. 675 Sq Ft

SECTION 3 Bedroom Unit Approx. 900 Sq Ft

PLAN 1 Bedroom Unit

PLAN 2 Bedroom Unit

PLAN 3 Bedroom Unit

Inspiration: Soma Puzzle Configurations

Residential Unit Models


Open Atrium

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Entry Circulation

Elevator/Stair Core

Cohousing Community

Common House

Commercial/Retail


Plan Level 3

Plan Level 3 Detail: Fitness & Workshop

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Plan Level 4

Plan Level 4 Detail: Children’s Center

(PRE)TEEN’S CENTER

CHILDREN’S CENTER

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Perspective Yoga Studio

Furniture & Finishes

Perspective Children’s Center

Furniture & Finishes


Plan Level 5

Plan Level 5 Detail: Community Lounge

GAME ROOM

OPEN TO BELOW

LOUNGE

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Plan Level 6

Plan Level 6 Detail: Community Kitchen

STORAGE

PANTRY

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KITCHEN


Perspective Community Lounge

Furniture & Finishes

Perspective Community Kitchen

Furniture & Finishes


Studio & Competition Projects The following studio projects are a representation of my academic work at the Pratt Institute. In the case these projects, the programs were assigned by faculty, but left open to interpretation. Both digital and hand rendering techniques were employed, and a wide array of computer software was used in each these projects. Pilot Point was a collaborative project for the Urban Land Institute’s annual urban planning competition. I worked with a team of Pratt and Hunter College students from a variety of design disciplines. A love of Scandinavian design and furniture brought me to Denmark in 2009, where I had the opportunity to design and build a custom chair prototype. This piece served as an inspiration in the final project of a 3D Studio Max course at Pratt.


PrattStore The PrattStore is in serious need of a redesign. One of the biggest problems in the store is wayfinding and lack of organization. Inspired by the Pantone color system and the geometry of the Golden Section, the new PrattStore utilizes color-coded display pods which organize the various departments of the store. In addition to organizing the layout of the store, these display pods also provide a more intimate shopping experience.

Adviser Tarek Ashkar Project Date 2010 Duration 6 weeks

Plan Mezzanine Level

BOOKS & PERIODICALS

CAFE

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Plan Ground Level

GRAPHIC ARTS SHIPPING & RECEIVING

INDUSTRIAL & SCULPTURE ARTS COPY / MAIL ROOM

MECHANICAL INFORMATION

MANAGER OFFICE

ACCT. OFFICE

SALES

FINE ARTS

FASHION & FIBER ARTS

COPY & PRINT CENTER

ENTRY

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Inspiration

Axonometric

Section A

Section B

Display Pods


Vitra Design Museum Vitra has proposed opening an auxiliary museum in New York City. For this project, I was asked to design the museum’s lobby and a feature exhibition showcasing the work of Shiro Kuramata. One requirement of the project was to design a signature stair to be used within the exhibit.

Adviser Jennifer Hanlin

Inspired by Kuramata’s use of translucent materials and allusions to surrealism and daydreams, I decided to design a signature ramp which allows the user to effortlessly “float” through the exhibition. The ramp serves not only as circulation, but also houses the informational portion of the exhibition. In addition, by utilizing a ramp over stairs, all of the population gets to experience the exhibition in the same way. Extra real estate is created by the underside of the ramp, and used as an exhibition workshop.

Duration 4 weeks

Plan Ground Level

Inspiration

Project Date 2009

Plan Mezzanine Level

Signature Ramp

If I knew how to express myself in words, why would I have to design things? For me, drawers are not containers but an anticipation of what’s

inside.

I don’t have proof that there is a world of nothingness, but nothingness rules over everything. When I look back on the work I’ve done, it seems I’ve been trying to replace light with shadow.


Section A

shiroKURAMATA

Section B

Section C


Two Bridges Community Library A community organization from a residential neighborhood in the Lower East Side has proposed turning a former bath house into a community library with a cafe and small auditorium. The library should be a modest building with a minimum impact on its surroundings, must be fully accessible by all, make maximum use of the adjacent garden areas, and adhere to strong sustainable and cultural integration. Funds are limited so budget restrictions must be taken into account.

Adviser Myonggi Sul Project Date 2009 Duration 3.5 weeks

Inspired by 19th Century European arcades, the Two Bridges Community Library features a full height arcade which allows sunlight throughout the space. Enclosed glass stairways provide circulation and serve as a beacon to the surrounding neighborhood.

Plans

CHILDREN’S STAIRS

BOILER ROOM

KITCHEN

COMPUTER LAB CAFE

READING ROOM

PERFORMANCE SPACE

OUTDOOR SEATING

OUTDOOR SEATING

STUDY CARRELS

STUDY CARRELS

STACKS

STACKS EXHIBIT SPACE

EXHIBIT SPACE

OUTDOOR CAFE

MEDIA BAYS

PERIODICALS

OUTDOOR SEATING

OUTDOOR SEATING REFERENCE COMPUTERS

STUDY CARRELS

STUDY CARRELS EXHIBIT SPACE

OFFICE

OFFICE

CIRCULATION DESK CAFE

PLAN Ground Level

PLAN Basement

BOOK WORKSHOP

CLASSROOM

ENTRY

PLAN Second Level

CHILDREN’S STAIRS

CHILDREN’S STAIRS

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY ROOM

CHILDREN’S PICNIC AREA

STUDY CARRELS

STUDY CARRELS

CHILDREN’S READING AREA

HOMEWORK BAYS STACKS

STACKS

GREEN ROOF

GREEN ROOF

STACKS

CHILDREN’S STACKS

STUDY CARRELS

STUDY CARRELS

ROOFTOP SEATING

SEMINAR ROOM CLASSROOM

PLAN Second Level Mezzanine

PLAN Third Level

CLASSROOM

STORAGE

PLAN Fourth Level & Roof


Community Library Proposed Site: former LaGuardia Bathhouse Location: 238 Madison St

(formerly facing Monroe St)

Neighborhood: Lower East Side Square Footage: approx 18,300 ft² Built: 1909 The LaGuardia Bathhouse is currently surrounded by the 1,100-apartment LaGuardia Houses NYC Housing Authority complex that was completed in 1957. This complex is just to the East of the Manhattan bridge and South of East Broadway. The building of the housing complex resulted in the demolition of the surrounding tenements and street grid, removing Monroe Street from the map and isolating this building. The complex is bounded by the current Rutgers, Madison, Clinton and Cherry streets. The building is abandoned and was bricked in during the mid 1970's financial crisis.

SECTION A

SECTION B


Pilot Point Pilot Point is an urban planning proposal for the City of Seattle. This proposal has been submitted to the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Design Competition. As an emerging crossroad of four neighborhoods and the Greater Seattle Region, the Pilot Point neighborhood plan embraces principals of rich diversity and potential transit oriented growth by anchoring 3.4 Million square feet of a purposeful mix of residential, commercial, office, community, institutional and retail space. The plan provides strong tools and assets to assist residents in planning the Rainier Valley and South Seattle. Well connected developments made possible by the new Mount Baker light rail station are maximized. A pivotal and significant amount of housing is community land trusted, stabilizing home prices and creating affordable housing. With a focus on complementary pedestrian, bicycle, and open space strategies, the plan works to improve health, reduce car dependency, increase Link light rail usage, and allows the neighborhood to become a self-supporting livable area.

Site Map

area 1

area 2

The following are the key objectives of Pilot Point: 1 Contextually enhance and apply Seattle’s Hub Urban Village guidelines 2 Facilitate future planning of Southeast Seattle from area 3 Establish Pilot Point as a healthy, self supporting, livable area 4 Anchor Pilot Point as exemplary hub of Southeast Seattle area 5 Live, Work, Learn in the Rainier Valley

Adviser William Mangold Project Date 2011

area 3

area 4

Design Team Dan Compitello Sean Conway Jim Diego Alexis Kaloyanides Liz Waytkus

Duration 2 weeks

Phase 1

• Mixed-use residential, retail, and offices • Public plaza and park expansion • Amazon Kindle Center • Arts/performance center • Green transit center


Area 1

Area 2

Primary Residential Node

Pilot Point Town Center

• Mixed-use area with residential, retail, office and underground parking spaces • 589 housing units • Current retailers are retained onsite in updated spaces • New public plaza and park expansion adds 70,000 sq. ft. of active open space

• Historic Sick’s Stadium site transformed into 207,000 sq. ft. public plaza • 469 units of townhouse and condo housing • Build and fund a non-profit Community Association incubator • The Amazon Kindle Center

Area 3

Area 4

Community Arts Center

The Sustainable Station

• Modern entertainment complex: ∙ Pilot Park Cinema and community arts/performance space ∙ Collaborative partnership with Artspace Projects Inc, and Artspace residents • Pilot Point Arcade: ∙ Destination shopping area with storefronts that open onto 52,000 sq. ft. public plaza facing rail station • 79 housing units, 28% affordable • New local post office

• Partner with Artspace for open space art installations • 88 housing units - 62% affordable • 55,000 sq. ft. small business incubator • 12,500 sq. ft. Seattle Police sub-station • Green Transit Center • 55,000 sq. ft. open space with retail and restaurants • Pedestrian/bike flow from station to Olmsted-Cheasty Parks connection

Phase 2

• Pilot Point Arcade and public plaza • Townhouse and condo housing • New local post office • Pilot Point Cinema • Further greenway and park expansion


KBH Chair I studied the art of furniture design in Scandinavia during the summer of 2009. The process included conceptual development, refinement of the concept, production of 1:1 scale working drawings, and building of a full scale prototype.


Danish Modern Environment Using my KBH Chair prototype as an inspiration, I created a Danish living room environment with 3D Studio Max. Employed modelling, texture mapping, and lighting in this project.


Professional Projects The next several projects are a sampling of my work at Callidus Guild, a small art for architecture studio in Brooklyn, New York. In my role as Design Assistant, I have designed and developed vector graphics for murals, pattern repeats for our line of hand-painted wallpapers, and dozens of renderings for our designers and clients. In addition, I have been able to utilize my graphic design skills, as seen in Callidus Guild’s marketing collateral.


Pattern Design & Development Often, clients will come to our studio with an idea, but no visuals. To help them through the design process, I create mockups of our surfaces in various interior settings. In some cases, a new product is developed altogether, as is the case for this custom Palm Frond wallpaper. While Callidus Guild has a collection of standards, we often develop custom one-of-a-kind surfaces and wallcoverings. This mockup was drawn in Illustrator and will be cut into a stencil to create a new wallpaper for a Hemingway-inspired home library.


In collaboration with Callidus Guild’s Creative Director, I have developed several wallpaper designs, including Mosaic and the new Sacred Geometries line. Using Adobe Illustrator, I will develop pattern repeats which are later cut into stencils to be used by our artisans.

Mosaic Wallpaper Private New York Residence

Sacred Geometries New Line of Wallcoverings


Tiffany & Co. Despite being a global brand, Tiffany & Co. has long rooted ties to New York City. Callidus Guild created custom murals on panels for several Tiffany & Co. boutiques in Europe and Asia, featuring the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline Before we completed the final pieces for Tiffany & Co., I created a series of mockups showing the client several different options for base painting and metal leaf options.

Renderings Fine Jewelry Salon


Inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s original magnolia stained glass, Callidus Guild developed a custom magnolia mural on panel for several Tiffany & Co. Fine Jewelry Salons in North America. I created a series of vector drawings that developed over time to become the pattern for the installation seen below. The smaller images show the progression of the magnolia development.

Development Magnolia Panels


Alexis Kaloyanides alexis.kal@gmail.com 617.763.7795


Alexis Kaloyanides 2012 Portfolio