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adaptation design SPRING 2013

Weather Station-Design 3

Fall 2012 The purpose of this project was to design a weather observatory utilizing a selected site on Philadelphia Unviersity campus. The site is located towards the far corner of the Ravenhill Recreation Field, where sunlights acts of the observatory at critical points in the day. The position of the observatory on the site towards the trees, reduces noise and naturally cools the building for its inhabitants. The design was planned around the concept of being as least invasive to the field, but spacially functional. -------------Site Details------------location allows access to one side but is hidden by the site on the other side. -positioned so the focal point is the recreation field. -little interference with site activites -sunlight for most of the day (heat during the winter months)

The wheather observatory is designed with a generally open layout. The earth embedded L-shaped retaining wall acts as the roof to the Pavillion creating a space for research and observation. The interior space inside the Pavillion gives peaks of the outside landscape through glass panels and embossed aluminum siding, creating ventilation and natural sun.

Peter Max Gallery-Vis 1

First Floor

Second Floor

North Elevation

West Elevation

Spring 2013

Designed with the intent to repurpose urban space, the Peter Max Gallery meshes itself with surrounding structure. Peter Max, famed pop artist, painted subject matter that was relative to the period. His technique involved using psychedelic colors outlined with clean black line and heavy layers of paint, creating movement and distinguished color. Using these principles the gallery is designed emphasizing on on movements and defined spaces. SItuated on a city block the gallery is two floors linked by a spiral staircase in the far gallery. The galleries are established by curved structure supporting the top floor. The curvature of the walls lead guests through the galleries. Mirroring Peter Max’s concept of design, the gallery is framed by I-beams and a glass shell from two street facades.

Zen Park Cafe-Vis 1

Spring 2013

The intent of the Zen Park Cafe’s design was to serve as a small setting for park visitors to have coffee and converse. Situated on the far corner of a city park, compared to surrounding buildings, the cafe is quaint and does not impose on the site. The cafe is designed with the intent of bringing the elements of nature inside, equally balancing form and materiality. The exterior is clad with wood paneling and a series of windows illuminating the space. The plan of the cafe is an open floor plan with a main coffee bar at the entrance and seating along the window wall. Built in storage and cabinets reduces space and makes for circulation in a confined space. The cafe is accessed from the sidewalk of the main street and over looks the park scape seen through the windows of the far wall.

Archeo Institute-Design 3 & Vis 1

Pedestrian trails, views and major park intersections

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013


The Wissahickon Valley site has the potential for major acces point along bike paths and hiking trails aswell as scenic views. Natural elements act as sound buffers for noise from Lincoln Drive.

The main floor ,partially private, concealed by the earth and structural walls conceals the reasearch lab. As one would enter the archeo institute they would get a glimpse of the chimney ruin through the open facade and roof. Upon entry the visitor would accend a staircase to a reception area and multipurpose room. Embodying the scaffolding concept, guest would walk around the dig on scaffold walkways which would bring them to the gallery and administration floor from the stair. The archeo institure follows a language of mass and void formed by planes of solid structural walls. The rood design controls the constant sunlight and allows views of the site.


Historic Preservation Photography

HABS recorders are tasked with documenting a representative sampling of America’s architectural heritage. By creating an archive of historic architecture, HABS provides a data base of primary source material for the then fledgling historic preservation movement. HABS documentation provides a permanent record of the nation’s most important historic sites and large-scale objects. The large-format, black-and-white photographs record the environmental setting, elevations, and significant details, both inside and out. Each component of the documentation conveys an important piece; together they create a comprehensive understanding of the site.

Spring 2013

Lighting Design|CUADRADO Spring 2012

The design of CUADRADO was focused on a contemporary design that would reflect the work of Piet Mondrion. Mondrion emphasized on the use of geometrical shape and right angles. The concept behind CUADRADO was to design a mass market illumination product that the buyer becomes the designer and can manipulate squares to different variations to meet the need of the buyer. Because the device uses perfect squares and rights angles to hinge the boards together, without the use of glue or adhesive, CUADRADO can be either hung like a pendant fixture or assembled as a stationary light. Coinciding with the Mondrion beliefs, it follows a certain set of rules of color theory. Each board is colored with a complementary color (orange and blue) and backed with a neutral (white). When the light is turned on the reflecting light off the colored panels reflects the complementary color creating a blending effect. Along with color reflection the shadows created by CUADRADO are geometrical and proportional because of the perfect squares that make up the fixture.

Personal Interests Photography -HABS large format black and white

Sketching and Drawing

Restoration Work -Under the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, in collaboration with other interns and trust members restored a 19th Century High Victorian mansion.


Portfolio of Anthony Arnone