ALLISON BLESER Auburn University Undergraduate Portfolio
Table of Contents
Thesis_Contemporary Art Museum 4th Year_Chicago Children's Hospital 3rd Year_Ludoteca 2nd Year_Auburn Train Station 2nd Year_Donald E. Davis Arboretum 2nd Year_Dwelling on Lake Martin Other Artwork_Section Model, Photography and Sketches
Thesis Project Contemporary Art Museum
Montgomery, Alabama 5th Year_2012-2013
With a focus on Light, the project is a Contemporary Art Museum. While needing to keep in mind our thesis goals, the site also served as a main concern. Located in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, the city is in need of revival. Montgomery is a city with great potential, rooted in its history and being small enough to walk around on foot. With an Art Museum located in Montgomeryâ€™s Entertainment District, people would have a reason to come down close to the riverfront, visit the museum, and leave with surrounding places to visit. The first semester focused on programming and site analysis while incorporating our thesis proposals. Using the site, the program is organized around access points. The site is a large parking lot in front of a hotel. Because the gallery space does not require views outside from the interior, the gallery is located towards the hotel, while the public and supporting program is located on Commerce Street. Northern light can be gained in the working spaces, while the gallery can gain indirect southern sunlight throughout the day.
Wind and Solar Diagram
Program Ground Floor_
1_Entry 2_Gallery 3_Courtyard 4_Service Entrance 5_Offices 6_Auditorium 7_Auditorium Lobby 8_Gift Shop 9_Lobby
Program Second Floor_
Public Spaces Lobby, Cafe, Gift Shop
10_Gallery 11_Service 12_Offices 13_Studios 14_Kitchen 15_Cafe
Public Spaces Classrooms, Auditorium
Support Spaces Offices, Studios, Storage, Cleaning 13.
14. Areas of Focus
The second semester focused on developing the gallery space. Using the original massing of the building, the way light enters the space was explored. On the southern side, the goal is to limit direct sunlight while still illuminating the walls. The northern side faces an interior courtyard meant as a sculptural gallery. The wall is glazed, letting ample northern light in while connecting the interior gallery to the exterior courtyard. While exploring in study models, the construction of the two gallery walls have also been considered. A light steel structure supports the northern curtain wall as well as the southern wall consisting of glazing as well as a solid material. The heavy structure of the building consists of a grid of exposed columns on the interior of the space, separating the multiple displays.
Gallery Detail Section
Gallery Wall Diagram
Next Phase: Lighting Studies April 23, 2013 8:00 am
April 23, 2013 1:00 pm
April 23, 2013 6:00 pm
Chicago Children's Hospital
Chicago, Illinois 4th Year_Fall 2011
The site for the Childrenâ€™s Hospital is located just south of the Chicago Loop in the historic printerâ€™s row. The building design revolves around the ground floor and the patient floor. The patient floor is designed to be open towards the city, with large visiting areas on the corners. The ground floor plan separates the visitors and emergency patients while also addressing the site and contributing to the overall form of the building.
Vertical Circulation Diagram
3. 13. 10.
Emergency Core_ 1_ Ambulance Drop Off 2_ Emergency Reception 3_ Emergency Walk In 4_ Emergency Waiting
5_ Conference Rooms 6_ Offices 7_ Triage 8_ Service
9_ Lobby 10_ Information 11_ Gift Shop 12_ Ground Floor Waiting 13_ Offices
14_ Mechanical 15_ Public Classroom 16_ Auditorium Lobby 17_ Auditorium
2. 3. 4.
1_ Visitor Waiting 2_ Nurses’ Station 3_ Nurses’ Station Support 4_ Reception 5_ Medication 6_ Staff Lounge 7_ Offices 8_ Conference Room 9_ Green Space 10_ Trash
Dietary/Labs/Pharmacy/Radiology Intensive Care Unit/Prep and Hold
Operation Rooms/Sterile Core
Emergency Room/Visitor Admittance
Ludoteca Rome, Italy 3rd Year_Spring 2011
Public and Private Diagram
Third Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
Ground Floor Program _
2_ Multi-Use Space 3_ Cafeteria
Ground Floor Plan
Studying in Rome, Italy, we designed a Ludoteca, a European after-school, educational daycare. Located against an ancient brick wall, I let the structure and the circulation drive the plan layout. Different spaces were placed off of the circulation creating spaces between the rooms and the back wall. The gridded structure exists separate from the wall, supporting the roof as well as the interior rooms
The site was located in Trastevere, a portion of Rome which consists of fewer tourists and mostly Romans. The site location was next to the Santa Maria Cecilia Church and separated from the churchâ€™s private courtyard by the ancient brick wall.
With this design, I chose to reserve and expose the brick wall. By placing the main circulation against the wall, I created a light well by which the wall could be illuminated during the day.
Auburn Train Station
Auburn, Alabama 2nd Year_Spring 2010
Combining Studio and our Environmental Controls class, we were given the site of the abandoned Auburn train station. The project was to be designed using computer tools with which we could use to evaluate climate conditions and how they would affect the building. With a triangular site, I designed the main waiting space parallel to the train tracks and provided easy access out to the train. The entrance space, including the ticket booth, is off of the street to eliminate heavy pedestrian traffic.
Ground Floor Plan
Lighting and Solar Analysis:
Using Ecotect, we ran our computer models through the program to determine how energy-efficient our building design was. Once we calculated natural daylight, we could calculate how much artificial lighting was still needed. We could then determine the number of PV panels we needed based on how long the building was going to be open. From the mechanical room, we ran duct work throughout the building as well.
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Value Range: 0 - 300 lux
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Value Range: 0.0 - 24.0 %
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1 6 .8 1 4 .4 1 2 .0
90 60 30 0
9 .6 7 .2 4 .8 2 .4
Average Value: 118.42 lux Visible Nodes: 1352
Artificial Lighting Analysis
Average Value: 6.53 % Visible Nodes: 1352
Watt Hours / Day: 144,960 W Total Watts of Solar Panels: 3813.3 W Using 200 Watt panels, 20 would be needed Total Watts: 4000 W 4000 x 0.01 = 400 sqft of PV panels are needed
The waiting space is glazed on either side, open to visitors and the train. A tower serves as a location marker in the town, indicating the train station as an important building. On the interior, a light well shines down on the ticket space, drawing attention to the area. This space also serves as the main entrance into the building. An entry porch exists off the street between the waiting space and offices.
Donald E. Davis Arboretum
Auburn University 2nd Year_Spring 2010
The Donald E. Davis Arboretum at Auburn University is a nature park which houses plants native to the Southeastern United States. The Arboretum is used as a research and educational facility by staff and students to study and observe plants in their natural habitats. Currently, there does not exist an enclosed building on the site. This project was to design an educational center created mainly out of wood. Our program included two classrooms, office space, an outdoor gathering space for larger events, and a gallery space in which research and projects would be displayed.
9. 6. 3.
Program Ground Floor_
Program Second Floor_
1_ Outdoor Learning Space 2_ Entrance 3_ Ground Floor Classroom 4_ Reception Entrance 5_ Offices 6_ Kitchen 7_ Outdoor Gathering Space
8_ Entrance 9_ Second Floor Classroom 10_ Gallery Space
Dwelling On Lake Martin
Lake Martin, Alabama 2nd Year_Fall 2009
The site we were given was a fictional site, assumed to be located on Lake Martin in Alabama. We were given a steep hill from which we had to enter the house from the street, as well as have access to the lake. With this project, we were encouraged to use abstract design to drive the design and layout of the house.
With this model, I used the roof to stretch out towards the lake. This covered an exterior porch at the back of the house which allowed access to the lakefront. The living room is a double height space, with a window on the second level which opens up to the lake and allows southern sunlight into the room. Clerestory windows on the opposite side of the house allow for ventilation through the building.
_Section Model Schroder House _Photography and Sketches
Section Model of The Schroder House by Gerrit Rietveld Completed along with Kazuna Takahashi
“Impact of Nature” Gelatin Silver Print 8” x 10”
St. Peters Square
Santâ€™Ivo alla Span
Dublin Train Station
St. Francis, Assisi, Italy
Pantheon, Rome, Iatly
Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain
Allison Bleser email@example.com 314-313-0907 1550 Southlin Dr. Kirkwood, MO 63122
Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University