My Architectural Works. anne zuercher | portfolio 2013
ANNE ZUERCHER architectural designer
MY Story From a rural farm in South Dakota to Southeast Asia and Europe, I have been intrigued by the way people relate to community and the environment. A joy in learning prompts me to relate my individual perceptions to other cultures and the world around me. I find my passion in the relationship of spatial organization and life processes. A liberal-arts architectural education has exposed me to the broad range of design thought. Living overseas helped me look through different lenses to further my understanding of design. Working through college at a local food cooperative provided a unique view of the importance of local economy and the value of sustainability. With a broad range of creative interests, my personal design process focuses on recognizing the unique problems presented by each project, discerning a range of appropriate responses, and finding collaborative solutions.
anne m. zuercher | portfolio 2013
“The Neo Nomad.”
This innovative national infrastructure system for the United States creates an improved, healthy and modern way to not just travel, but live.
The mission of this sustainable development proposal is to design a community continaully adapting to meet the social and economic needs of its residents while preserving the environment’s ability to support it.
“2050. Designing for the Future”
The contemporary vacation creates a situation which positively connects the context of progressive political power to the nature of human existence and our relationship with the environment.
This two week design charrette explores issues of sustainable design through adaptive re-use and creative mixed use housing.
“Downtown Revitalization: Cascade, ID”
This planning project focuses on a revitalization and city renewal for Cascade, Idaho. The design focuses on facade restoration, adaptive reuse and infill.
This expanding series of sketches and scribbles - journals and jots, is a compilation of documentation focusing on travel and experience.
THE NEO NOMAD This innovative national infrastructure system for the United States creates an improved, healthy and modern way to not just travel, but live. My thesis project re-thought the relationship of a building to its context; how a building relates and responds to its surroundings - blurring the lines between dwellings and the landscape they inhabit. The nomatic dwelling is pre-fabricated and much smaller than a typical single family American home. Designed to accomodate both modern homelife and experience through travel and constant change, â€œThe Neo Nomadâ€? defines the neo-modern urban lifestyle.
Research & Analysis 120
three times daily six times daily 30
at least daily service mexico
less than daily service
1962 US Intercity Passenger Rail
moving towards HSR awaiting appropriations 30
actively planning operating HSR service
US Intercity Passenger Rail
white stag sign
circulation union station
portland farmerâ€™s market
Modular and pre-fabricatated Pod
Physical Modeling Abstract physical modeling helped to derive a parti organization for the overall structure. Presentation modeling created a realistic representation of my design decision in a futuristic Portland.
Quick process sketches and drawings help ask questions about qualities of space and form. These parti diagrams look over structure on the site. The process continues, pushing through questions of realistic and conceptual design challenges.
The mission of this sustainable development proposal is to design a community continaully adapting to meet the social and economic needs of its residents while preserving the environmentâ€™s ability to support it. The intention is to design and build economical, equitable and ecologically healthy communities that serve as a model for future design planning.
cluster elevation hand rendering, ink + prismacolor markers
motor business multifamily residential single family (9600 sq. feet) agriculture single family (7000 sq. feet) suburban residential duplex farm/ranch/transitional city limit streets
zoning map Moscow, Idaho
retention pond + constructed wetlands
grid layout for infrastructure
city limit streets irrigation channels greenhouse + living machine retention pond bioswales constructed wetlands
proposed bus route existing bus route potential bus route proposed bike and pedestrian path streets
a. overflow b. manhole c. to pump d. downspout e. sand filter f. cistern g. drain
a. drainage mat b. vegetation c. metal roof d. insulation e. header f. blocking
a. strawbale b. piping c. wood studs d. corregated metal
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a. inlet b. max. water level c. normal level d. overflow drain e. outlet riprap f. anti-seep collars g. cistern h. drain i. forebay j. riprap
a. fan and pipe b. chute c. waste d. compost e. air inlet f. access door
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summer sun winter sun natural ventilation cluster section AutoCAD software
This sustainable community, through Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute, will serve as an example of the great potential for rural sustainable communities. With a mix of residential, commercial, civic and public space, this mixed use development offers availability for live/work environments. A broad variety of housing choices, low income and subsidized housing, private gathering spaces and public pocket parks allow each individual to find just what they are looking for.
cluster floorplans AutoCAD software
2050: DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE
The contemporary vacation creates a situation which positively connects the existing context of a progressive political power to the nature of human existence and our relationship with the environment. This vacation resort, designed for the year 2055, allows for opportunity to strengthen and rejuvenate the senses through programmatic and systematic design strategies.
section facing North
section facing North
vertical circulation core: 3 fire exit staircases 3 elevators
atrium vertical circulation and ramp natural light and ventilation
viewing staircases allow for interaction between floors
similar to a DNA molecule, the circulation ramp slowly wraps up the vertical cores, creating optimum social interaction and sensory experience.
hotel units private ownership apartments (2-floor) placed throughout the structure based upon their function, support facilities create healthy, happy environments for workers. (resturant kitchen shown)
functional and transitional, these areas are placed throughout the structure trigger the sensory experience and create interesting and special, changing spaces. (resturant shown)
Environmental Control Systems
As a partially direct gain system, passive solar heating is a cost effective means of heating combined with the stack ventilation system. An exterior, self-regulating shading system blocks the structure from direct, south gain. The skylight allows light through the atrium space, down to the social spaces, creating healthy space for workers and visitors.
systems parti development
water catchment systems collect water for potable uses, irrigation, laundry, and passive cooling. Rainwater stored in cisterns provide water sources while reducing stormwater flows. Upcycling water makes sense both economically and environmentally.
heating: in combination with a partially direct gain double skin facade, the atrium space circulates warm air throughout the structure. cooling: stack effect passive cooling takes advantage of temperature stratification: warm air rises and is replaced with ambient, cooler air.
section detail, facing west
This two week design charrette explores issues of sustainable design as they apply to the urban context. An existing parking lot along the Seattle waterfront, under the Alaskan viaduct, the proposed site includes a sustainable urban infill building and urban green space.
Seattle is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Washington, located in the Northwestern United States. A coastal city and major seaport, it is located in the western part of the state on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about one hundred miles south of the Canadian border. Seattle is also a major economic, cultural and educational center in the region.
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Elliott Bay The Space Needle Lake Union Ferry Loading Docks
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Steinbrueck Park Seattle Central Library Pike Place Market Seattle Art Museum
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Alaskan Way Via-duct Western Avenue Seattle Aquarium Pioneer Square
infill structure site (existing parking lot) adaptive re-use via-duct on ramp pocket sculpture park (existing back road) existing office space (7 stories) existing mixed-use building (5 stories)
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The contraverial issue of removing the viaduct will effect the culture of Seattle greatly. Built in 1953, the infrastructure has helped to shape the city, creating one of the most efficient forms of individual moterized traffic in that time. Both fortunatly and unfortunatly, automobile transportation is coming to an end and the U.S. must proactively start to implement new and more innovative infrastructure. Integrating the removal of the viaduct with pedestrian circulation and interactive parks, the connection between the waterfront and Seattleâ€™s commercial district will be renewed.
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skylight rooftop garden water catchment system viaduct adaptive re-use
great views outdoor gathering space
DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: CASCADE, IDAHO
This planning project focuses on a revitalization and city renewal for Cascade, Idaho. Cascade is an old mining town, population 1000, about 3 hours south of Moscow.
A series of studies helped start the research that would determine how to revitalize Cascade in the proper way to help the current residents and future generations. Many structures were out of use due to failure in codes, out of business for lack of services or utilized structures lacking streetscaping, signage and aesthetic interest. Highway 55 runs straight through Cascade, turning into Main Street through the downtown. Highways can really break up downtowns if the town has not been planned. I chose to focus on the six downtown blocks of Cascade as they seem to have the most potential in being the heart of a great community.
proposed southwest elevation
existing southwest elevation
proposed northeast elevation
existing northeast elevation
This expanding series of sketches and scribbles - journals and jots, is a compilation of documentation focusing on travel and experience. The majority of this work was done throughout college.
Lookout from Capitoline Hill Rome, Italy Sant Ivo Rome, Italy
Dome Study Assisi, Italy Santâ€™Andrea della Valle Rome, Italy City Plan Atrani, Italy
Lookout from Janiculum Hill Rome, Italy Santa Maria Della Pace Rome, Italy
anne zuercher | portfolio 2013