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AG ANDRE GROSPE portfolio 2018


EDUCATION 2016 - 2020 UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Second Year B.S. Architecture Pre-Professional 3.7 Dean’s List

2012 - 2016 SANTA MARGARITA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

ANDRE GROSPE

International Baccalaureate Full Diploma Recipient 4.7 Honor Roll

ACTIVITIES 2016 - present FREEDOM BY DESIGN

Designs and constructs small scale accessible projects for the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.

CONTACT 949 573 1682 avgrospe@gmail.com 175B Madison Ln Charlottesville,VA

2017 - present AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS SECRETARY

Oversees and observes a detailed record of chapter activities. Promotes and markets various AIAS events.

2018 - present VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE STAFF

SKILLS rhino + vray autocad photoshop indesign sketching photography modelmaking

Writes on various ranges of topics and projects relating to architecture, art, and design thriving within both the university and the wider professional field.

2018 - present CAVALIER DAILY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Designs and organizes the visual aesthetic of the school’s weekly paper through creative layouts and advertisements.

VOLUNTEER 2015 - 2016 VOLUNTEER AT DANA POINT LIBRARY

Assisted and directed various after school and summer programs for local children. Established and ran a free weekly tutoring service.

2014 - 2015 VOLUNTEER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Constructed and manage various events and areas. Oversaw and guided the athletes between each of their events.

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CONTENTS THOMASSON’S STAIR

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FILLING THE GAP

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ARCH 2020 | spring 2018 6-15

ARCH 2020 | spring 2018 16-23

MARKET VALLEY

ARCH 2010 | fall 2017

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24-31

TENSION PNEUMO

ARCH 1030 | spring 2017

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MATCHBOX TOWER

ARCH 2020 | spring 2018

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40-45

SHONAN CHRIST CHURCH STUDY ARCH 2710 | fall 2017

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46-53

GIANT STEPS

ARCH 2020 | spring 2018

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54-63

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THOMASSON’S STAIR

mobius stair

Anthony Averbeck ARCH 2020 time-line: 1 week


A stair, by definition, has a purpose in whatever system it lies. Whether it bridges the subterranean to the surface or the bed room to the dining room, the stair always has a beginning and end. This project seeks to question these assumptions. What does a staircase without directionality, without beginning or end, without function? Thomasson’s Stair is an attempt to capture this peculiar hybrid of function and sculpture.

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“Everything in our capitalist society has to have a purpose. So where does that leave this particular staircase? Could you even call it a staircase when all it did was let you peep into a window? - Akasegawa Genpai The project started off with Akasegawa Genpai’s idea of the Thomasson. The name derives from an American baseball player who, upon moving to Japan, mysteriously lost his talent, despite his perfect physique. He was structurally perfect, but functionally useless. By Genpai’s definition, a Thomasson is an architectural remnant, an old valet booth or rail that leads to nowhere. These artifacts are maintained, despite their uselessness. This staircase fulfills this definition. The stair, who’s recursive form derived from a mobius strip, is useless, but maintained. The central rock garden necessitates upkeep and attention while the rugged steel and concrete age and endure over time.


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THOMASSON’S STAIR

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AXON


WORMS EYE AXON

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THOMASSON’S STAIR

ARCH 2020


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THOMASSON’S STAIR

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THOMASSON’S STAIR

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FILLING THE GAP

infill housing

Anthony Averbeck ARCH 2020 time-line: 2 weeks


This living space utilizes the concept of “air rights�, a real estate practice found in cities like New York in which developers purchase space above buildings, maximizing the value of a small lot. Currently there are more vacant lots in New York than there are homeless people. Because the development of a fully fledged apartment or housing facility would take time and money, this project seeks to be quickly deployable and easy to construct. It is recovery housing, where in which the homeless are given a space to socialize and recuperate.

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It begins with a large scale superstructure in which smaller pods are placed. These pods range in size and shape. At the top is a more communal area, in which the tenants can eat, watch the sunset, or enjoy the outdoor green spaces. The living pods are either doubles or singles, depending on the tenants. Both have one aperture to allow for a sense of privacy and insulation from the outdoor noise and light. It is a private space where, despite the spatial limitations, one can read, work, and relax.


AXON

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FISSURE ARCH 2020


SECTION

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FISSURE ARCH 2020


VIGNETTES

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FISSURE ARCH 2020


MARKET VALLEY

a new food culture Alex Wall ARCH 2010 time-line: 6 weeks


The goal of this project is to revitalize two vacant blocks adjacent to Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. On Saturdays, the blocks house the local farmer’s market, a special opportunity for residents to interact with local producers and farmers. The site consists of two buildings, a food research center to the East and a market hall to the West. The research center seeks to develop agricultural technology and growing techniques, while the market hall implements them in a supportive and welcoming environment. Market Valley attempts to change the conversation around food, focusing less on what is eaten and more on how and where its made and harvested.

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The forms of the buildings derive from the landscape. The western block, where the market is located, features an aggressive incline. The floors of the building were extruded from select topographic line, mimicking agricultural terraces found throughout the world. While the market hall closely follows the natural lines of the landscape, the research center respectfully negates them. The structures formally reflect the balance and harmony between the natural and the man made, a balance the project seeks to continue within its walls.


SECTION AXON

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MARKET VALLEY ARCH 2010


1: Market The first floor market is primarily supplied by existing hydroponic technology. Rain runoff is collected and stored in tanks, enriched by tilapia before being piped to the various produce. This cycle continues until the water is spent.

2. Restaurant The second floor serves is accessible both throug the aggressive incline) a through a grand staircase farm. This area allows from where their food was


a social space. It gh the street (due to and from the market, e that overlooks the guests to dine feet s grown.

MARKET VALLEY ARCH 2010 3. Social Kitchen The third floor is a test kitchen. It offers a space for locals and professionals alike to cook with the various products from the lab, while also offering classes to novices. It encourages a communal environment around the act of cooking.

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SITE AXON


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MARKET VALLEY ARCH 2010


TENSION PNEUMO

a living pod

Scott Fundling ARCH 1030 time-line: 8 weeks partner: Liz Zhang


Tension pneumo is an investigation into materials under stress. It arose from the challenge to create a shelter for two individuals using easily accessible, completely recyclable materials. Beyond these simple goals was a desire to create a structure that transcended the materials that comprised it. The end result was an almost biological creature, a metaphorical lung that swayed when pushed, contracted under rain, and expanded with the wind. The internal experience changes greatly as the day progresses. As the sun sets, the translucent skin illuminates with various shades of orange and yellow.

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The underlying frame derived from iterative studies of ‘tensegrity’ structures. These structures are solely comprised of rigid members under compression connected by string or wire under tension. The final frame’s members are bent outwards to allow for human occupation

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dusk

night

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disposal

The frame is made from Polyvinyl Chloride, a material with a unique polymer structure that makes it easy to be broken down through recycling into new PVC. The ‘cells’ of the skin are a low-density polyethylene turned into a foam. This plastic is often used in bottles and bags. They yarn, rope and zip ties are nylon. The UVA recycling center is able to recylce these plastics.

1. bone

The six bones are made out of 10’ long, ½” wide PVC pipe. The design relies on the flexibility and resilience that the pipes offer. To form the joint between rope and the pipes, the pipes are first drilled and notched 1” from each end. ¼” diameter rope is slid into the notch. The length of rope is shorter, which forces the pipe to bend into its final form.

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2. skin

The skin of the pod is made out of pliable packing foam sheets, bunched at opposite ends to form a rounded ‘cell’. The ends are tied using string, and the individual cells are connected to each other using zip ties in an alternating pattern. The skin helps emphasize the interior geometry of the frame.


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TENSION PNEUMO ARCH 1030


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2. skin The skin of the pod is made out of pliable packing foam sheets, bunched at opposite ends to form a rounded ‘cell’. the individual cells are connected to each other using zip ties in an alternating pattern.

TENSION PNEUMO ARCH 1030

1. bone The six ‘bones’ are made out of 10’ long, ½” wide PVC pipe. The design relies on the flexibility and resilience that the pipes offer. The rope used to connect each member is threaded through a slit in each end

PVC joint sketches

skin layout sketches

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prototyping

construction


dusk

TENSION PNEUMO ARCH 1030

day

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MATCHBOX TOWER

staircase study

Anthony Averbeck ARCH 2020 time-line: 1 week


The spirit of this project is to design a continuous, multi-functional, occupiable stair that encourages movement and stasis at various points of the structure. As one ascends the tower, stair becomes bench becomes table becomes shelf. Structural supports extend beyond the treads in various directions to create walls and partitions. The stair itself becomes a space maker, defining the inhabitable forms of the space.

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BEDROOMS

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MATCHBOX TOWER ARCH 2020

COMMON SPACE

The visual openness makes this space perfect for strong interaction and communication. One imagines the many ways a child, for example, would call out to his or her friends from the top floor. The space began to develop into a cross between an overnight camp cabin and a study/ lounge space, the tower seeks to create a space where young adolescents can exercise freedom, responsibility, and creativity.

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EXPLODED AXON


VIGNETTE

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MATCHBOX TOWER ARCH 2020


SHONAN CHRIST CHURCH

precedent study

Earl Mark ARCH 2710 time-line: 4 weeks


To master both V-Ray and Rhino, I chose to model an existing church in Kanagawa, Japan by Takeshi Hosaka. The brevity in materials and unique scalloped roof allowed for truly breathtaking lighting effects during dawn and dusk, captured well in the final renders. All renders shown are original work, based on Takeshi Hosaka’s design.

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SHONAN CHRIST CHURCH ARCH 2710


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SHONAN CHRIST CHURCH ARCH 2710


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SHONAN CHRIST CHURCH ARCH 2710


GIANT STEPS

reworking Columbia Heights Anthony Averbeck ARCH 2020 time-line: 4 weeks


Columbia Heights as a site for future development poses a series of difficult problems. First it is undergoing rapid gentrification, forcing one to think of dense, affordable housing solutions while still maintaining Washington D.C.’s strict building limitations. Second is the grain of the neighbourhood itself. Most of the houses are simple townhouses capped below fifty feet. The challenge was to find a new typology of urban housing, one that could slip into the urban fabric without disturbing the surrounding neighbourhood. This approach allows a slow, relatively non invasive transformation of the site, where derelict, abandoned, or community owned structures can be rebuilt in accordance with this density focused scheme.

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This Project began in the footprint of an existing 5 story apartment building in need of renovation. Sprouting from it are two macro-units composed of four separate smaller units of varying size. This scheme accomplishes two goals. First, the creation of a singular macro unit allows one to implement the project on a wide variety of scales, utilizing different aggregation techniques. Second, the scheme, through a careful choice of exterior connecting stairs, helps foster a sectional relationship between each other, creating void spaces of varying privacy in the hopes of fostering a strong bond between the tenants of this space.

site a

ISOLATE

GRID

SUBTRACT

ASSEMBLE

site

AGGREGATE


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URBAN AXON

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GINAT STEPS ARCH 2020


SITE A | GROUND FLOOR PLAN


GINAT STEPS ARCH 2020 SITE B | MARKET AXON 59


GINAT STEPS ARCH 2020 SITE A | SECTION PERSPECTIVE 61


courtyard vignette

interior


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GINAT STEPS ARCH 2020 outer stair vignette

site elevation 63


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