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01 Voidoloids performing arts centre for Boston’s Back Bay

gsd - core studio III / Jon Lott / Boston, MA / 2017

The brief for the comprehensive core studio III calls for a comprehensive aggregation of programs centered around a series of performance spaces used both professionally by the Boston Lyric Opera and pedagogically by the Berklee School of Music. The site is located in Boston’s Back Bay area, on an air-rights parcel atop the Massachussetts Turnipke and abutting Mass Ave, a busy thoroughfare. To mitigate the difficult context, the performing arts centre plays with the subtleties of indoor and outdoor space. The programmative volumes are dissimulated within an external ‘veil’ which gives a deliberat organic formlessness to the exterior of the building. Once the veil’s threshold is crossed, the interior spaces are revealed through a series of internal voids and solids, negative spaces negotiated by volumetric space. In order to achieve a homogenous and seamless quality, the veil employs a system of tightly spaced vertical dowels, creating a grain of textural definition only perceptible when standing close to the facade. From Mass Ave & the Mass Pike, the building achieves a surreal, curtain-like effect, which resounds with initial concepts of fourth-wall crossings between reality and fantasy in theatre.

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this page - top Sequence of early studies in visibility and tectonics this page - middle Study of instances in “thinning” in the buidling skin to reveal key spaces this page - bottom Sketch models studying strategies in translucency opposite page Final model displaying light quality through building’s skin

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3rd floor plan

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7th floor plan


1/ View of internal spaces and circulation ‘rings’ if the skin is stripped away

2/ An aerial view displays the play of volumes articulating individual programmes, interacting within the void created by the outer circulation ring 3/ Internal-external links between programmes creating reveals in the techtonic aggregation and interaction between the forms

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Final model photos

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View of internal terrace at the intersection of other programmatic volumes opposite page

Plan of key levels showing the aggregation of various programmatic forms within the internal void

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perpective section The section displays the main theatre, black box theatre and studio as well as other programmes nestled within the external veil.

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Facade grain visibility at 1/ 200 feet 2/ 50 feet 3/ 10 feet

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Facade grain visibility studies

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Plays of transparency through facade treatment bottom

Cross section opposite page - top

Circulation ring with facade composed of five layers of tensioned cables opposite page - bottom

View of facade displaying opaque an porous moments

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02 Ascend urban housing for lowertown ottawa

carleton studio 6 / Ben Gianni / Ottawa, ON / 2012

This proposal for the redevelopment of a large “superblock” on historic Rideau Street in Ottawa, seeks to revitalize an area of the city’s Lowertown-Upper Rideau neighbourhood, a derelict stretch of roughly one mile featuring a glut of small-unsuccessful outlets and pedestrian-unfriendly impregnable concrete towers. The site is also symbolic as it mediates two modern urban conditions, the bustling avenue (Rideau Street), and a sleepy neighbourhood with low-density and winding streets (Beausoleil Drive). The proposal addresses such issues as Rideau Street retail renewal, densification, and the opening up of a large site to pedestrians and cyclists. The site, in a grand gesture, is sliced in its centre, splitting building masses and creating a wide-pedestrian-only causeway, linking Rideau Street and Beausoleil Drive. The site features various styles of dwellings, designed to accommodate a spectrum of demographics. The project actively targets those demographics that currently prefer to remain in the suburbs, introducing such features as ample outdoor place space, at least double orientation in all units, and townhouse designs which introduce the practicalities of suburban dwelling in an urban setting.

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PERIMETER MASS

AXIAL CUTS

INTERIOR FREE FORM

A “bar mass” is affixed onto the site, wrapping around Rideau, Augusta and Chapel Streets.

The mass is transected by a series of parallel openings, creating the dividing cross-site components of circulation

A more expressive form is introduced into the interior space of the site.

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View of project from Beausoleil Drive

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FRAGMENTATION OF THE SITE

PEDESTRIAN CAUSEWAY

The form is repleted onto itself, and is pulled up to create greater height and density in larger open spaces on the site.

The tower is placed atop the apex of the internal free form. The eastern portion of the free form becomes the podium of the tower.

Site massing diagrams

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Plan of lowertown Ottawa with site location

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The central element of the design is a slender tower of tinted glass, which is placed atop the central housing form of the site. The structure is organized around a point-core system, with two elevators and two means of egress servicing all 33 floors. In order to break up the mass of the tower, a two-level platform serving as elevated green space and party spaces with fully glazed windows and 360 degree views was placed on the 7th floor, creating a dramatic interlude between the architectural language of the podium levels and the tower.

1. Parking Garage - 2 Levels 2. Community Centre

The site features various styles of dwellings, designed to accommodate a spectrum of demographics. The project actively targets those demographics that currently prefer to remain in the suburbs, introducing such features as ample outdoor place space, at least double orientation in all units, and townhouse designs which introduce the practicalities of suburban dwelling in an urban setting.

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Project site plan

Section through tower & podium

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Floor plans

Project components diagram

3. Podium Residences - 72 Units 4. Garden/Amenities Level 5. Tower Residences - 90 Units 6. Mechanical Penthouse

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typical tower floor (b)

typical tower floor (a)

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2 bedroom tower unit 1470 sqft

1 bedroom podium unit 655 sqft

bachelor tower unit 495 sqft

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this page - top Exploded axonometric of tower curtain wall assembly this page - middle Detailing of window and balcony structural assemblies this page - right Unit Typologies / Tower & Podium opposite page - top Perspectival section through tower podium levels & Rideau Street commercial block opposite page - bottom View of podium and tower from entrance plaza

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Plexiglas model of project at 1:1000, fitted to context model

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Linear view of context model, facing west down Rideau Street

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Aerial view of context model, facing east down Rideau Street

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03 Bridging Breweries archives for brick lane

westminster exchange studio / Constance Lau / London, UK / 2012

The catalysts for the work undertaken as part of the Third Year academic exchange program to London’s Westminster University was emphasis on historical precedent and extensive research on the social and structural constructs of the buildings of the Truman Brewery Complex in the Spitafields area of East London, which form the nucleus of Brick Lane’s trendy shopping and entertainment district. The area was once home to London’s largest concentration of breweries, and also boasted large factories, which have now been converted into multipurpose spaces. The programme for the project is a series of archival spaces, which both introduce and document the rich history of Brick Lane and the Truman Brewery. These spaces translate into a series of multi-functional hybrids suspended above a large paved court known as Dray Walk Plaza. The structure, a forest of steel beams, concrete pillars and tensile cables introduce on the site a structure that is neither permanent, nor temporary, and plays upon many aspects of the site, such as the connection of various buildings through overhead bridges and the operable nature of street vendor stalls. This formless building connotes the decrepit yet glorified nature of Brick Lane as well as the versatility and transformability of its spaces.

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this page - top The stalls and Bridges of Brick Lane

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this page - bottom View of Spitalfields Church from Galleries

opposite page - top Spitalfields Area Study

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STUDIED COMPONENTS

BUILDINGS AND CIRCULATION

VISITOR CONCENTRATIONS

Bridges and vendor stalls

The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane & access points

With two established Density Clusters

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rendered sectional view Dray Walk Plaza, a large open space home to the sunday upmarket and a variety of stalls and vendors

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The old Truman Brewery Building anchores the project proposal, currently used for various art exhibit spaces

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Dray Walk Plaza, a large open space home to the sunday upmarket and a variety of stalls and vendors

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CIRCULATION & VOLUMES A primary volume connects the ground to the platform and a transitory “bridge” leading into the Truman Brewery Building

HIERARCHY The archival/display corridor is elevated, secondary spaces flank the corridor on either side

DIVISION The structural language divides the space into pods. These pods can acommodate various programmes and are meant to be experiences in random sequence

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Axonometric view

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04 Ambleside Station rethinking tower landscapes in Ottawa’s west end

carleton studio 7 / Brigitte Desrochers / Ottawa, ON / 2013

Ottawa, like many cities in the modern period, experienced between 1965 and 1975 a massive change in urban identity, with the emergence of large housing towers, taking the form of large complexes where clusters of identical, domineering block-masses sporadically mushroomed in low-density, near-urban and suburban fabrics. Such towers have now decayed and face a future of assured demolition if the are not immediately addressed as pieces of architecture and urban planning in need of rehabilitation. Visionary ideals of the cultures created by these “towers in the park” were once rich and promising, with their vast, expansive lawns and views on rivers and parkways. The approach for this renewal project for a large neighbourhood in Ottawa’s West End is to reintroduce these ideals in an effort to conserve the identity of the tower, whilst mixing them with new strategies for urban planning and transit. The project centrepiece of this project, master-planned by 4 students jointly focuses on a new transit hub and public plaza at the heart of this neighborhood.

TRANSIT Location of new stations through the Richmond-Byron corridor CIRCULATION New roads, underground parking and roads to be added or updated REMEDIATION Structures to be demolished & structure to be reclad

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Existing Green Space (Disused & Underprogrammed) Bus Shelters (Stops) Buildings to be Removed

Existing Site Condition

New Light Rail Transit Line

Main Pathways Secondary Circulation

Pedestrian Axies

Green Platforms

B New Underground Parking

New Buildings and Programmes

opposite page - left Map of proposed new Confederation light rail line between Lincoln Fields and Dominion Station opposite page - right Plans of the Ambleside Neighborhood with proposed masterplan internventions this page Sequence of programmatic diagrams for the station site

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Atmospheric views of new plaza

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Section through plaza & station

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View of new sunken station platform

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Section through site from Richmond Road to Ottawa River, with new programmes and amenities

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05 Marine house and studio for a pianist

carleton studio 3 / Honorata Pienkowska / The Canadian Tundra / 2011

The project is located within an imaginary landscape borne out of the 1957 Jean Paul Lemieux painting, Marine. Depicting an austere, turbulent seascape, through which a boat attempts to navigate, and a sprawling, barren beach, the painting recalls the tranquil expanses of the great Canadian north, surrounded by the menacing vastness of the sea. The pianist, for whom the project is built, uses this primitive, yet elegant landscape as inspiration for composition. The focus of the design is the large studio and concert space, articulated as a volume protruding out into the water, offering the view in Lemieux’s painting. Immediately adjacent to the studio space is a square glass “box”, which serves as the entrance to the complex from the passerelle, and the mediating negative space between the Studio and the House. The house is on two levels, and is carved into the abrupt terrain, giving it the appearance of being part of the bluff.

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Site Plan - The House on the bluff

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Marine - Jean Paul Lemieux (1957)

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1 Studio 2 Entrance and Performance Seating 3 Vestibule 4 Causeway 5 Rear Entrance (Garage Access) 6 Kitchen 7 Dining Room 8 Living Room 9 Lower Deck 10 Upper Deck 11 Guest Bedroom 1 12 Guest Bedroom 2 13 Master Suite Sitting Area 14 Master Bedroom 15 Balcony

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Ground Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

View of Studio & Entrance from Causeway

Rendered Section

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06 Lustre a canopy for fable performances

carleton studio 4 / Eric Archambault / Installation / 2011

Adapted from the traditional understanding of a performance theatre, Lustre is an experiential space designed for the telling of the Russian Fable Vasilisa the Beautiful. The project called for the creation of a performance space which would be demountable and compactable into determined dimensions. The approach for the performance was the recreation of the forest through which Vasilisa travels in the tale. The thick darkness between the trees was abstracted to the perforation of a large canopy with one thousand holes, through which lights of various colour, height and placement offer the manipulation of infinite projection patterns onto the floor. The space under this canopy places the viewer within the setting of the story, as opposed to before it. The theatre no longer displays its story, but rather engages it with the audience.

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FORM / DIVISION

PERFORATION

STRUCTURE

1/ Light Box Frame 2/ Suspended Aircraft Cables 3/ Wooden Dowels for Layer Manipulation 4/ Hole for Cables 5/ Holes for Dowel Manipulation

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Form & Structure Design

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Typical CNC Cutting Pieces for Canopy Assembly this page - middle centre & right

Assembly Diagrams

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View of project set up for a performance of Vasilisa the Beautiful

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07 A Cure for the Blues entertainment venue & music academy

carleton studio 4 / Erich Archambault / Ottawa, ON / 2011

The Laurier Concert Hall and Music Academy introduces a variety of programmes for the promotion of musical arts and academia. Featuring prominently in the architectural resolution for the project is the small size of the site tightly fitted between an existing mid-rise commercial building and the scarcely used First Baptist Church. In order to revitalize the church, its western wall will be demolished to allow for the concert space and library to incorporate the main space of the church. The language of the church is articulated throughout the design. The long narrow spaces of the library and the concert hall introduce a new ‘nave’ to the overall plan, and intersect with the church, which becomes the transept and is left largely undisturbed. This new form is anchored at one end by a glass courtyard, and at the other by a tall apsial window, peering through the wall of the church onto Elgin Street. The language of the church is further continued in the reading rooms, displayed as chapels, and the diagonally-strapped coffered ceiling extending from the church in the form of skylights through the library’s ceiling.

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MASSING STRATEGY 1/ Two volumes are introduced, one piercing through the church and the other pulled upwards to create a consistent source of light through the floors below

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2/ Walls are places on either side of the main space. One of these is a large gabion wall separating the grand performance space from the street beyond

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3/ Additional programmes and service spaces wrap around behind and to the right of the light well 4/ The residential components of the project are placed on the topmost floor, offering maximum privacy and using indirect light introduction methods to shelter them from the street 4

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A/ Four 24 inch thick heavy load-bearing stone walls construct the principal frame of the institute

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Design strategy diagrams

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View of project from Laurier Avenue

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FOURTH LEVEL 15

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Administration 16

Residence for a musician

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Residence for a musician and family

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Recording studio 13

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Pedagogical spaces

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Lecture room

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Library - Reading rooms

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MAIN LEVEL 8 6

Performance space 7

Lobby & reception 8

Exhibition space

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STRUCTURAL STRATEGY A/ Four 24 inch thick heavy load-bearing stone walls construct the principal frame of the institute B/ Secondaru load-bearing walls included the skeleton of the elevator and fire exit shafts, as well as key walls placed throughout C/ The floor plates are dropped within the skin and rest suspsended within the load-bearing walls


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Final sectional model

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Plans in superimposed isometric view

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08 C.Rise zero energy reasearch home

research / 2013 / Built 2015 / Ottawa, ON

The C.Rise Research Project was a joint venture between Carleton University’s Architecture and Engineering departments, with the goal of building a state of the art research facility on the University Campus which would study energy efficiency and conservation strategies for residential applications. The facility, taking the form of a standard Canadian pitched house, seeks to combine passive solar heating with a Vacuum Insulated Panels. In order to complement the experimental nature of the CRise house, the building envelope for the project was conceived as a flexible and easily removable skin, composed of units of reclaimed wood strapping, spaced apart to express horizontality. These units, of a single standardized shape, are hung onto steel Z-girts, which are in turn fastened to the structure through Cascadia Fiberglass Rainscreen thermal spacers. This allows for a generous cavity between the envelope and the structure of the building, where various exercises in insulation and passive solar heat gain can be conducted.

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Typical VIP Panel Layout for East Elevation

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Wall assembly sections

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Night views of proposed exterior

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Ground floor plan

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09 Open Heart cutaway architecture

Studying the interior machinactions of architecture beyond the skin through various techniques of cutting through space, either partially or entirely. The edges of the architecture are blurred, freezing individual moments within formal and programmatic compositions. These drawings seek to find the living core of the buildings they represent; the beating hearts behind the simple aggregation of forms and materials

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Light-well axonometric study pencil drawing of a New York City Townhouse

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Sectional perspective through the wall and open central courtyard of Harvard’s Tozzer Library below

Perspective Sketch for a Bookstore

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Axonometric assembly details of Harvard’s Tozzer Library

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Benoit Maranda

I was born and raised in Ottawa with a FrenchCanadian background. In June 2013, I obtained my Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University, and am currently completing the second year of the Master of Architecture I program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Portfolio 2018  

Architecture Student Work Carleton University 2009-2013 Harvard University 2017-2018

Portfolio 2018  

Architecture Student Work Carleton University 2009-2013 Harvard University 2017-2018

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