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S E L E C T E D WO R K S 2009 - PRESENT

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This publication is an abbreviated anthology of creative works that I have worked on in solo and in collaboration with others. My aspirations of becoming an architect started from the age of 12, with an unknown trajectory but overarching goal of one day becoming a registered architect in a design focused architectural office. The selected projects are a careful curation of snippets that have taken me from Auckland, Berkeley and New York (where I am currently based). At present, my day-to-day nests in the technical world of facade consulting, where I am working alongside developers, architects, engineers and contractors on some of New York’s tallest buildings. Vidaris (formerly known as Israel Berger and Associates) has given me a greater understanding about the integral layer that forms the threshold for architecture. In parallel with a 40 hour week of technical education, I write part-time for an Australian Architecture and Design website (The Local Project), focusing on the back stories in the architecture and construction industry of New York. I have been applying my design skills through extracurricular design competitions and operating as an independent contractor with Warren and Mahoney Architects (in New Zealand).

Special thanks to Jacinta who helped me form the backbone of this document. Thank you to everyone who I have worked with and who has guided me through the path of architecture. None of this would be possible without your advice, honest critique and generosity. Thank you. x


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recent D J K i m Talks B I G —

KPFUI —

m ad m en 1.0 t h e in s pecto r —

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG-ster DJ (DongJoo) Kim joins us for our second episode of Restricted Access Only. Born in South Korea, DJ immigrated to the US when she was 13. We caught up with DJ in her office to chat about things (not just BIG related) but her own ideas and how she’s making a difference.

“Restricted Access Only” goes backstage with one of the newest design sectors named KPFui (Urban Interface) which is part of architect heavyweight, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF). In this episode we talk big data, changing urban landscapes and parametric technologies with Luc Wilson, Mondi Hsieh and Serena Li from KPF.

Today we explore the “office” of a façade inspector, Taylor, on KPFs latest, 45 East 22nd Street. Facade inspectors are the hawk eyes on the building envelope, and are often employed as a third party to help keep Mother Nature out of the building and pedestrians on the ground safe. In a city driven by strict rules, inspectors for all aspects of construction are a common sight.

T h e o l’ ball ga m e —

One in a billi o n —

T wo peas in a p o d —

Making friends at the cricket, I mean baseball.

Inside the home of a real deal New York billionaire.


RECENT WORK

c o n v er sati o n s fr o m t h e s lab edge - an intr o ducti o n —

re stricted acce s s o nly - an intr o ducti o n —

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

The world of construction is the concrete jungle amplified. Above all of the dust, dank water, putrid corners, piercing grinders and clinking hoist elevators you hear excerpts of conversations; some banal, some unexpected and some heated. This column brings you the pirate parlay on New York’s construction sites.

From directors to fresh grads, join us as we take you behind the scenes to have a short powwow with New York’s hottest creators speaking with the up and coming to the old faithful’s.

The unglamorous tales of people involved in construction are often left untold. We never see the dust, the noise, the heavylifting and the make-shift toilets in the corner of the 90 milliondollar penthouse. In full (safety) armor, altitude or weather, each episode of Mad Men valiantly pursues the overlooked parables of those who contribute to the bloodthirsty capitalist machine of New York.

wair oa bridge —

m y er s park in s tallati o n —

m ad m en - an intr o ducti o n

3 Hud s o n b o ule vard — Feb 2017 Vidaris, Facade detailing and curvature analysis. (Render: FX Fowle)

tin building — March 2017 Vidaris, facade, detail design and consulting.

Oct 2016

Oct 2016

Winning competition entry with Warren and Mahoney for a bridge in Tauranga, New Zealand (Render: Michal Wiack)

Bid drawing set for design intent. Warren & Mahoney, Auckland, New Zealand

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1300 M o nad — March 2017 Vidaris, facade, detail design and consulting.


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‘12 -‘17 Built-work Parametric modelling Rendering

Dean Mackenzie

Hendon Bridge is a pedestrian cycleway positioned over a new highway network in Auckland, New Zealand. The base geometry of the bridge rationalises three arcs that are connected tangentially to form the bridge deck, and an arch that obliquely crosses the bridge deck. The defined base geometry allowed for the project to be parametrically refined and designed using rhino and grasshopper.

Warren and Mahoney // 2014 - 2017


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HENDON BRIDGE

Taper soffit of the bridge deck, concrete with a white stain. Arch, outriggers, rods and balustraders all white.

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There are 6 concrete piers which support the ‘ramp’ portions of the bridge deck. Each concrete pier is an exposed aggreagte concrete.

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Curve geometry of the deck is built off three arcs that are tangentially connected.

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CLEARANCE BOX

Steel rod

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Stantion posts

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IMAGE CREDIT: GREG KEMPTHORNE

Fence modules

VARIES

Outrigger

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Fence types: A - 2250mm x 7 B - 230 0mm x 16 C - 240 0mm x 24 D - 2450mm x 41 E - 250 0mm x 74 F - 2550mm x 36 Total no. of fences: 198 North edge: 99 South edge: 99


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The arch geometry consists of a parabola in the centre portion that extends to two straight lines.

The middle portion of the deck is supported by the arch and steel rods.

WATERV IEW CONNECTION

20m increments

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HENDON BRIDGE

Base arch geometry, straight lines

Base arch geometry, parabola


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Existing high rise towers.

‘15 Model making Diagramming

Hillary Sample

Concurso/Concourse aims to reconcile the disconnect between a body of high rise towers embedded within tropical undergrowth and the favela of Rio das Padras. The architectural solution is an elevated walkway that can support community facilities for tower residents as well as enclosing a public space and an urban gateway for favela residents and the wider community.

MSAAD // Columbia University 2015

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CONCURSO/CONCOURSE

Main entrance from the favela.


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SECTION A-A’

Public concourse that interconnects the existing high rise buildings.

Existing trees that are preserved.

Rio das Padras favela.

Internal courtyard.


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Existing high rise buildings.

Worms eye view

Top view of the bridge

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Thick vegetation that surrounds the existing buildings.

CONCURSO/CONCOURSE

Level 1 + 70 0 0mm


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‘09 1:1 Installation Interactive Inflatable

Howie Kang Mel Pau Frances Lowe Ashleigh Low

The inflatable piece of architecture starts out as a circular (12 meter in diameter) flat piece of material that is flapped and formed into a malleable dome by its participants. A perimeter of sandbags and nylon material assists with retaining the captured air, as users are invited to relax on custom made beanbags. Winner of Auckland Architecture Week, Runner Up for People’s Choice.

BAS // University of Auckland 2009

Centre beanbag that couples as a seat and a means of hosting the LED Philips lights.


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ute Triple stitched ‘french seams’

Draw strings that can be pulled to pucker and manipulate the shape of the dome.

Custom made flooring from white tarpaulin.

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PARACHUTE NOM

Sandbags inserted around the perimeter of the parachute to ‘seal’ in the air.

Custom made bean bags that were made with a similar panelisation technique as the parachute.


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Final prototype used for Auckland Architecture Week. Overall winner of the event and voted second for the people’s choice award.

Testing the second prototype.


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The bean bags and lighting being used once the dome is inflated.

PARACHUTE NOM

The first time inflating the dome at Auckland Architecture Week.


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‘12 Model making Diagramming Design process

Derek Kawaiti

The Evolution of ‘Making’ explores the idea of using model making as a design process. The thesis actively pursues the dialogue between analogue and digital model making using CAD/CAM and traditional model making methods. The typology of a public library based in Auckland was applied as a means to test the design process.

MArch (Prof) // University of Auckland 2012 Thesis

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THE EVOLUTION OF ‘MAKING’

One of the first iterations of laser cut models.

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EVOLUTION TREE OF MODELS

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THE EVOLUTION OF ‘MAKING’

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16. 17. 1. Wood models i_ Totara Wood ii_wood workshop tools

illustrator 5. Laser Offcut Gen II i_ White card ii_ Laser cutter, UHU glue, rhinoceros, illustrator

2. Foam acetone i_ Styrofoam, Acetone, Nail Polish remover ii_ Laser cut stencils, 6. Foam Ramps i_ Styrofoam syringe, dropping ii_ hot wire cutter pipette, hot wire cutter. 7. Resin Ramp i_ Resin 3. Wood models 2 ii_ plaster of paris, i_Totara Wood Vaseline (release ii_CNC Router agent), epoxy resin, 4. Laser Cut Chamfer blue foam model Gen II 8. Laser cut ramps i_ White card ii_ Laser cutter, UHU i_ Card ii_Laser cutter, UHU glue, rhinoceros,

ii_ emboss stovetop, water (melting wax), safety 15. Catalogue Gen. mask (polyester III resin) 9. Ground plinths i_ Kraft Card Gen I. 12. Façade Materials ii_ Laser cutter, UHU i_ Card ii_Laser cutter, UHU i_ Veneer, Aluminium glue, rhinoceros, Mesh, Copper Mesh illustrator glue, rhinoceros, ii_ rhinoceros, illustrator 16. 6 axis Sectional printer, craft knife, PVA glue, UHU glue 1:20 0 10. Silicone Moulds i_ Fibreglass i_ Silicone ii_ wax, 6 axis CNC 13. Façade ii_ clay, varnish (to Kuka robot, fibre seal the wood), baby Fenestration Gen. II glass, epoxy resin, i_ Kraft card, oil (release agent) acrylic white paint, Watercolour card, gel Greymount card 11. Silicone Casts ii_ Laser cutter, UHU Wood 17. 6 axis glue, rhinoceros, i_ Resin, Plaster, Community 1:50 illustrator Rockite, Wax i_ Dressed Pine ii_ baby oil (release ii_ 6 axis CNC Kuka 14. Emboss agent), foamboard Robot, clamps i_ aluminum (mould containers), glue, rhinoceros, illustrator

Visualised tool paths and sections that the model will be routed.


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TYPOLOGY: LIBRARY The design process through model making is tested against the typology of a public library in Auckland City.

Excerpt of the exploded axonometric showing the organisation between the ‘Catalogue’ and ‘Community’ spaces.

CATALOGUE The ‘Catalogue’ (library’s inventory) is conceptualised as a continuum that contains all of the programs that are found in the Auckland City Library.

FACADE DESIGN: On the inner facade layer the depth of the facade varies creating sills of different thicknesses that can become programmed space such as bay windows, alcoves or areas where users can find solitude and use natural light.

Gradient showing the evolving facade depth.

Exterior skin

COMMUNITY The ‘Community’ is the collection of spaces that support each different program in the catalogue. These ‘Community’ spaces are programs such as reading rooms, viewing rooms, study spaces and communal spaces that one would find in a library.

Interior skin


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Final model, scale 1:50 0.

Ground plinth offers a way for pedestrians to safely navigate through the intersection.

THE EVOLUTION OF ‘MAKING’

Twin skin facade and fenestration system to help filter light and preserve library contents.


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‘11 Prototyping Model Making Rendering

Win Mixter Anastasia Victor

Chevron is a parametrically responsive and adaptive system which was advanced through the iterative process of model making and prototyping. The network is based off a single chevron component that was initially notched and interlocked to devise and understand its movement and limitations. The interaction between adjacent components was refined to the scale of 1:10. In the latter part of the semester, a hybridised architectural typology of a responsive community greenhouse was applied.

MArch (Prof) // Berkeley, University of California 2011


BERKELEY // MARCH (PROF)

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EVOLUTIONARY DIAGRAM ON HOW THE CHEVRON COMPONENT EVOLVED OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEMESTER.

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1. Basic chevron notching, one variable. 2. Four notching system.

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3. Base shape 4. Scale 2x horizontal 5. Scale 2x vertical 6. Scale vertical outside edge x 0.5 7. Scale vertical centre x 0.5 18.

8. Scale edge 1, 2, 4 or 5 x 2 9. Chevron surface 10. Connections for global change 11. Longer tabs 12. Longer chevron arms

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14. Connection system between components with the idea of using fasteners. 15. Number of tabs is reduced and a slider to make the component move up and down is introduced. 16. Rather than having a slide, 3 holes are used to define the different positions. 17. Introducing movement using gears. 18. Change of motion strategy. 19. Chevron shape that can address change of apeture and can contract the system. 20. Component’s present stage.

CHEVRON

13. Longer chevron arms and longer tabs


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Demonstrator model scale approximately 1:10.

Early prototyping, understanding connections and the overall system.

Initial prototyping showing the possibilities of the notching system and form exploration.

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DEMONSTRATOR MODEL BUILT AT A SCALE OF APPROXIMATELY 1:10


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Final render of the exterior.

Final render of the interior as a community greenhouse.

1. Slider that keeps the components together and assists with both the aperture and contracting movements. 15.00

4. Lateral connection between the rows allowing for change in aperture.

2. Eyelet for threading wire through. Notching connection between each component.

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the chevrons are notched together and then the fasteners fits with hole ‘a’ and matches with the slider from the above chevron.

3. Reinforcement.

Clockwise: picture hooks, threaded rounds, washer, hex nut, screws, fishing wire, three way fishing swivels.

Two servos; left is used for changing aperture, right is used for contracting the system.

the chevrons are notched together and then the fasteners fits with hole ‘a’ and matches with the slider from the above chevron.

CHEVRON

the chevrons are notched together and then the fasteners fits with hole ‘a’ and matches with the slider from the above chevron.

Final prototype model at a scale of approx 1:10 0.


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