Angelo Razo Architecture Portfolio 2015
Potrero Hill Library
Arch 100A: Fundamentals of Design | Instructor: Rudy Pakravan | Fall 2013
Arch 100B: Fundamentals of Design | Instructor: Jay Atherton | Spring 2014
Amazon Distribution Center
Arch 100C: Architectural Design III | Instructor: Patrick Lynch | Fall 2014
Black Box Theater
Arch 100D: Architectural Design IV | Instructor: Darell Fields | Spring 2015
Potrero Hill Library Arch 100A: Fundamentals of Design | Fall 2013
The Potrero Hill Library project was the commencement of architectural design methodologies. The conceptual articulation was developed through a thorough site analysis that extracted a peculiar characteristic embedded within the site. In this case, the system
of nodes appeared as a convening factor of human interaction and a directive force of movement through optical manipulation.
Site Plan 4
Portrero Hill Library The program for the Potrero Hill Library was Form Intersection Process
organized through different “perspective volume” interactions. These interactions create a “node”, a space that congregates users and disperses them to other spaces in the library. The dispersion is amplified through the “perspective volumes” which dictate specified direction.
Parallel Form Intersection
Perspective Form Intersection
Multiple Form Intersection
Volume Relationships 6
Central Stair Central Lobby Administration Lobby
Volume Relationships Diagram 7
Portrero Hill Library The floor plans are identifiers of both the node system and “perspective form planning”. The nodes serve as a gathering and dispersement space. The “perspective
planning”, on the other
hand, displays both a programmatic space and the
directed influence instilled in the form.
Ground Level Floor Plan 8
Second Level Exterior Floor Plan
Third Level Floor Plan 9
Portrero Hill Library The sectional properties also portray the concept of nodes and figural force. Section A, for instance, shows an strong
indication of the volumetric perspective.
Section A 10
Section C 11
Good Food Arch 100B: Fundamentals of Design | Spring 2014
The Good Food project is a culmination of a sensual user experience and sustainability, both of which are developed through the concept of “porosity”. In this case, the “porous” concept was a method of controlling the amount of senses one could experience. This was done so through the stacking of modules (planks) that created different levels of porosity. The modules also performed sustainable tasks such as shading, ventilative openings and thermal properties.
Sensory Qualities Open Sensory Sight Scent Sound
Glass Sensory Sight
Congested Sensory Scent Sound
Conceptual Cut The Conceptual Cut was an
archetype for the construction
assembly for constructing an deal condition in the design. In this case, what is presented is a porous instant and the components utilized to create
Wood Plank 1/4â€? Rod Concrete Joist Girder Beam Column
were also manipulated by the stacking of modules (planks). The distances between modules allowed for different levels of shading, ventilative and thermal conditions.
Sustainable Qualities Shadows Cool Air Heat
Ground Floor Plan
Level 2 Floor Plan
Level 2 RCP
Level 3 Floor Plan
Level 3 RCP
Level 4 Floor Plan
Amazon Distribution Center Arch 100C: Architectural Design III | Fall 2014
The Amazon Distribution Center project was a study of “porosity” and development of methods for controlling porous
different spatial conditions. In this case “porosity” was an exaggerated approach derived from existing site conditions that enabled porous instances to adapt to its environment.
Site Plan 22
Porosity Site Analysis An intensive study was done on a San Francisco site to identify porous conditions. In these diagrams, the study represents different levels of user access. First level porosity is open to primary any individual and includes parks, convenience store etc. The more restrictive, or less porous, levels where spaces utilized the more affluent users, and include private offices, and high security spaces.
First Level Porosity Secondary Level Porosity Tertiary Level Porosity Fourth Level Porosity
Program Sectional Arrangement
Negative Spatial 26
Porous Subtraction Diagram
Sectional Studies Sectional studies were used to identify different levels of porosity. “Minimal porosity” included no connection to other spaces, “single porosity” had some open paths, and
“continuous porosity” offered full access to different spaces.
Sectional Studies 27
Least Porous Zones Most Porous Zones
Porous Plan Overlay
Ground Floor 28
Porosity Overlay Different levels of porosity were noted through plans. What became more interesting, however, was its relationship to sections. â€œStripingâ€? allowed for a more precise method of identifying different levels of porosity.
4th Floor 29
Enclosing Interaction 2 3 4
Horizontal Interaction 5
Section A 3
Spatial Instances 30
Physical Section Model
Porosity Overlay The addition of an AirBnb was rather a found experience that created a relationship with porosity. Finding a space through porous conditions allowed for different spatial instances.
AirBnb Spatial Extraction 31
Black Box Theater Arch 100D: Architectural Design IV | Spring 2015
This project extracted concepts from three images which ultimately were composed into spaces with different relationship characteristics. The prime concept, however, was the issuance of absurdity represented through the â€œinaccessibilityâ€?, spaces that could be seen but appeared inaccessible to the user.
Black Box Theater The three images consisted of a site, a play and photograph. The site used in this project referenced John Hejduk’s site Victims. The idea derived from this site was the observation of “tangencies”, or occasions of geometrical contact at one point. From the photograph, “Photographer Robert Doisneau” by Arnold Newman there was instances of overlapping of objects. Lastly was the play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Becket, which identified intersections between different objects in the image.
Victims: John Hejduk
Photographer Robert Doisneau: Arnold Newman
Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett
Black Box Theater The site analysis superimposes all the concepts identified in the three images to construct visual relationships amongst all characteristics. Tangencies, Tangential Objects
overlapping and intersections are all presented into one montage.
Hejduk Victims Site Analysis
Artifact The artifact was 3 dimensional construct
identified in the images. Here , the process is shown for how the Artifact was created.
Victims Totem Construction 37
Porosity Overlay The same methods used to analyze Hejdukâ€™s Victims site were used to identify similar conditions in the city of San Francisco (left). The site on the right depicts a magnified view of specified site (adjacent to SFSU) and site suited for the Black Box Theater. SF Site Analysis SFSU Site Analysis
John Hejduk: Inaccessibility
Hejduk’s Dilemma House
Totem Section Hejduk’s Victims Library
Inaccessible Extract 40
The Inaccessible One
in Hejdukâ€™s work was the creation of inaccessible
spaces, stairs and shafts. This became the defining factor for experincing absurdity
1st Level Floor Plan
and creating such conditions in the Black Box Theater.
2nd Level Floor Plan
Inaccessible Plan Extraction
3rd Level Floor Plan