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PORTFOLIO

2012

S COT T S. BRACKNEY


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CONTENTS.... MOBILE ARCHITECTURE / master’s thesis / ongoing

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TRYP HOTEL / fort lauderdale, florida / 2011

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL CONCEPTS / various cities / 2010

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CRANBROOK WELLNESS CENTER / bloomfield hills, michigan / 2010

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ASSEMBLY HOUSING / chicago, illinois / 2008

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SATELLITE OFFICE / champaign, illinois / 2007

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608 N LAKESHORE DRIVE / chicago, illinois / 2011

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LOEWS HOTEL / chicago, illinois / 2011

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NUPCO / jeddah, saudi arabia / 2010

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progress rendering of residential module.

MOBILE ARCHITECTURE FOR THE TRANSIENT CREATIVE CLASS Master’s Thesis; Ongoing

In this 21st century defined by globalization and connectivity, the mobility of labor figures to play a critical role in the potential attainment of both individuals and societies. Opportunities abound around the world for those unwilling to see lines on a map as barriers to entry, with competition for skills and knowledge driving frequent relocation at all levels of society. Understanding the powerful capitalistic undertones of this development, the past 40-50 years have witnessed a revolution of personal identity, where allegiances lie less frequently with country of origin but are instead derived from shared experience of lifestyles, media, and beliefs. The push toward greater mobility, despite its overwhelming momentum, is met with a number of obstacles, from the perceived illegitimacy of the itinerant lifestyle to deeply ingrained notions of “rootedness” in place attachment. Equally problematic, contemporary building stock and urban conditions remain fundamentally ill-suited to accept rapid population turnover without fears of marginalization. A coordinated development of architecture, infrastructure, and culture is necessary to overcome these stumbling blocks, achieving a better understanding of how societies can live harmoniously with mobility. In particular, this project analyzes the needs of the global demographic with the highest latent potential for economic and social mobility, an amalgamation of creative class and skilled laborers termed collectively as 4

“migrant professionals.”


*WHERE IS WORK?

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* *WHERE IS HOME?

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hotel lobby.

TRYP HOTELS

Fort Lauderdale, Florida / 2011 in collaboration with Azmara Asefa

The Ft. Lauderdale TRYP is situated on a narrow strip of land between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel was designed as part of a two-quarter studio concerned with creating a North American identity for newly acquired Wyndham brand TRYP Hotels. With a target demographic of young, cosmopolitan business and leisure travelers, we developed a project narrative deeply rooted in metaphors of youth, health, and metaphysical renewal. The photography of David Hamilton became a powerful influence in fostering an image of softness, innocence, and peace within nature. Site strategies are formulated around an interpreted reconstruction of the natural history of the Florida coastline, now a dramatic contrast between the hyperactive urban environment and the timelessness infinity of the sea. A boardwalk spans the reconstructed beach head of native shrubs and grasses, with an outdoor stage, bar area, and architectural pylons gently emerging from the sand. Subject to 15’ storm surges during hurricanes and tropical storms, the area’s local building codes limit ground floor construction. As such, the lobby has been raised to the 4th Floor, creating a choreographed sequence of views from the taxi queue to the opening of the elevator doors. Blocks of guestrooms are designed for economy, with doubly loaded corridors open to sea breezes. The form of the building is defined by a brushed metal scrim, which also 6

provides a semi-permeable form of enclosure.


view from atlantic blvd.

9th floor spa.

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Atlantic Ocean POTENTIAL STORM SURGE

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S Atlantic Boulevard


N Atlantic Boulevard

hotel guestroom.

Intracoastal Waterway

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL CONCEPTS Various Cities / 2010 in collaboration with Krista Toperzer

Devised as an exercise in interdisciplinary practice, this studio paired graduate architecture students with structural engineers to develop a series of design concepts for a newly acquired international hotel brand. Students collaborated both face-to-face and online using cutting-edge software, exploring how globally integrated firms might practice in the very near future. Critiques were attended virtually by corporate representatives seeking design input catering to the brand’s target demographic of young, cosmopolitan business and leisure travelers. Iterations were developed at three distinct locations as a means of testing the proposed brand identity in the context of varied site forces and structural conditions. Before considering the architecture of the hotels, the team first generated a profile of the target demographic: educated professionals of the Millennial Generation. More than any previous generation, these individuals are concerned with opportunities for personal customization and self-expression. Members of the so-called “Generation Y” tend to define themselves based on lifestyle choices and are uniquely comfortable sharing this information to a global audience through the web. To accommodate these essential traits, analogue “chatrooms” were developed for the lobby spaces of each hotel. Moveable panels allow users to configure the space to their needs while projectors display large format icons broadcasting topics of interest.

avon, colorado pedestrian experience.

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san francisco pedestrian experience.

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therapy pools.

reception area.

CRANBROOK WELLNESS CENTER Bloomfield Hills, Michigan / 2010

Situated within one of the nation’s most iconic campuses, the Cranbrook Wellness Center offers students, faculty, and visitors a vestige of calm from the rigorous world of academia. The project was completed in a comprehensive studio emphasizing detail and concept development across all building systems. The entry level has been lowered one half story and surrounded by a perimeter retaining wall, creating a series of private sunken gardens as backdrops to bathing, yoga, and meditation functions. A green roof is supported by a series of precast concrete frames that glide over interior volumes, at times providing a hidden space for building services. The geometry of the building is carried out to the site through a series of artificial berms that further blur the line between landscape and architecture. Together with the building itself, these elements frame a sculptural 12

art axis typical of Saarinen’s campus plan.


Wall: outdoor air scored concrete panel (4 in.) rigid insulation (2 in.) load bearing concrete wall (8 in.) indoor air Floor: earth aggregate fill rigid insulation (2 in.) poured concrete slab (8 in.) plywood sub-floor (.75 in.) floor covering (.39 in.) indoor air Roof: outdoor air enclosure (24 in.) outdoor air (+/- 18 in.) SIP (6 in.) concrete slab (8 in.) indoor air 2 x 10 wood slats Window: outdoor air rainscreen glazing (.5 in. x2 panes) air space (8 in.) exterior glazing (.5 in. x2 panes) argon gas fill indoor air

structural frames.

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HVAC in the therapy pools.

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technical section perspective through yoga studio.

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tower with integrated brown line stop.

ASSEMBLY HOUSING Chicago, Illinois / 2008 AISC Student Design Competition

Located in a relatively low-density sector of Chicago’s central core, the project seeks to refocus the urban fabric in an area of convergent social and spacial seams. The program calls for a mixed-use complex combining residential, retail, and office space with a reworked Chicago-Brown “L” stop. The project follows the guidelines for the AISC spring 2008 student competition. The form of the building is derived from Classical Art’s notion of contrapposto, infusing life into a rigid armature through a naturalistic shift of weight and rotation of the human form off axis. In this case, the building twists to meet programmatic needs at different levels in elevation; the base establishes the corner of Franklin & Institute with street level retail, while condos on the upper floors are oriented towards iconic vignettes of Chicago’s Skyline: the Sears Tower, John Hancock Center, and the then-proposed Chicago Spire. Through these landmarks, the immediate neighborhood is triangulated within the greater urban scale of the city of 16

Chicago, establishing a sense of identity for its residents and future development along this corridor.


ground floor retail.

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT


street view looking south on franklin.

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building cross section.


mezzanine workspace.

SATELLITE OFFICE Champaign, Illinois / 2007

This design for a satellite studio / residence was completed after a threeweek precedent study of Canadian firm Patkau Architects. Students were asked to analyze the design ethic of an internationally-recognized firm, craft finely detailed models of an iconic building, and apply what was learned on a small mixed use infill project. The program calls for two floors of office space along with a penthouse condominium for the principal or other guests to use while in town. The studio borrows a number of Patkau’s techniques for implying divisions in a space, including changes in floor elevation, tapering paths of circulation, and constructing partitions as built-in shelving or furniture. A three-story light court brightens the building’s interior, as does a small gap between the ornamental staircase and the adjacent party wall. Light colored materials are used to maximize the play of light in this relatively tight space..

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retail arcade.

680 N LAKESHORE DRIVE Chicago, Illinois / 2011 w/ Solomon Cordwell Buenz

This update to the historic “New Playboy Building” at 680 North Lakeshore Drive in Chicago modernizes a previous 1980’s renovation, providing an ADA-compliant entrance off of McClurg Court while increasing exposure of the building’s ground floor shopping arcade. The scheme depicted here calls for a new high-tech modern entry vestibule of metal and glass paired with a stretched-PVC ceiling installation and frosted glass column treatments in the retail arcade. This new design brings an abundance of natural light into the lobby area while providing more generous spaces for arrival and waiting. In keeping with the Department of the Interior’s best practices for historic preservation, the redesign is clearly differentiated through style and materiality from the original Neo-Gothic portal. Tenant signage is understated yet still highly visible, occupying niches of stone tracery. This option also avoids removing additional historic fabric after the first 22

1980 renovation.


NEW RECEPTION DESK

new entry on mcclurg.

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view across ogden park plaza.

LOEWS HOTEL AND RESIDENCES Chicago, Illinois / 2011 w/ Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Built on a sloped site near Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile,” this hotel / residential tower also offers meeting and conference facilities packaged around an elegant, curving arrival plaza. Anchoring one corner of the site is an elliptical signature restaurant, which connects via spiral stair to a terrace-level bar. The tower is positioned at the south end of the site to preserve a historic view corridor from the nearby Tribune Tower. Surrounded by a preponderance of high-rise buildings, the “fifth-façade” of the ballroom roof and terrace is treated with a carefully considered vegetated roof plan that 24

perpetuates the design language of the project.


hotel arrival and signature restaurant.

aerial view looking northwest.

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ELEVATOR MACHINE ROOM EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT AREA RESIDENTIAL MECHANICAL

+569'-6" (581')

T/ ROOF AT MACHINE ROOM T/ ROOF AT MECH ROOM

+558'-3" (569.75)

RESIDENTIAL AMENITY / SHARED MECHANICAL

RESIDENTIAL CLUB

52: (15' FLOOR TO CEILING) RESIDENTIAL AMENITY / POOL

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T/ RESIDENTIAL UNITS

+539'-6" (551')

1 LEVEL, 14'-6" FLOOR TO FLOOR 12 UNITS / FLOOR

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12" PRV DISTRIBUTION ZONE

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RESIDENTIAL

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360 UNITS

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29 LEVELS, 9'-9" FLOOR TO FLOOR 12 UNITS / FLOOR

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12" PRV DISTRIBUTION ZONE

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TENANT STORAGE

+240'-3" (251.75')

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B/ RESIDENTIAL UNITS

+216'-9" (228.25')

21 MEZZ: (10'-9" FLOOR TO FLOOR) RESIDENTIAL STORAGE LOCKERS, RESIDENTIAL MECHANICAL

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RESIDENTIAL AMENITY / SHARED MECHANICAL T/ HOTEL GUEST ROOMS

1 LEVEL, 12'-9" FLOOR TO FLOOR 16 KEYS

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RESIDENTIAL MECH / FANS

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HOTEL MECH / FANS

21: (12'-9" FLOOR TO FLOOR) RESIDENTIAL FITNESS, COMMON ROOMS, HOTEL MECHANICAL

HVAC OFFSETS

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RESIDENTIAL AMENITIES

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HOTEL GUEST ROOMS

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348 KEYS

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12" PRV DISTRIBUTION ZONE

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17 LEVELS, 9'-6" FLOOR TO FLOOR 19 KEYS / FLOOR = 323 KEYS

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2: GUEST ROOMS 9 KEYS, HOTEL FITNESS / POOL, HOTEL ADMINISTRATION, ROOF TERRACE

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1: MEETING ROOMS, RESIDENTIAL LOBBY

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H1: LOBBY / FRONT DESK, RESTROOMS, BAR, BALLROOMS, PREFUNCTION, KITCHEN

4 3 +32'-0" (43.5')

B/ HOTEL GUEST ROOMS

+15'-0" (26.5')

HOTEL MEETING ROOMS / RESIDENTIAL LOBBY

+12'-0" (23.5') +0'-0" (11.5')

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RESIDENTIAL ENTRY HOTEL ENTRY H1

+2'-6"

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LOBBY

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PARKING

PARKING LEVEL P2

P1: LOADING, HOTEL BACK OF HOUSE, EMPLOYEE FACILITIES, LAUNDRY / HOUSEKEEPING, ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL, STORAGE, SECURITY

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10'-0"

-26'-0" (-14.5')

N. PARK DRIVE

6' STRUCTURAL TRANSFER, LANDSCAPING DEPTHS

-15'-2" N. PARK DRIVE -16'-0" (-4.5') LOADING / MECH / PARKING LEVEL H2/P1

LINE OF UPPER WATER STREET BEYOND

BALCONY

200 PARKING SPACES, 52.5 DEGREE, ONE WAY PARKING

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ELEVATOR ZONE LEGEND HOTEL GUEST ELEVATOR

MEETING SHUTTLE ELEVATOR

HOTEL PARKING ELEVATOR

RESIDENTIAL PASSENGER ELEVATOR

HOTEL SERVICE ELEVATOR

RESIDENTIAL PARKING ELEVATOR

HOTEL FREIGHT ELEVATOR

RESIDENTIAL SERVICE & FIRELIFT

EXISTING GARAGE


physical model.

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NUPCO DISTRIBUTION HUB Jeddah, Saudi Arabia / 2010 w/ American Structurepoint

The Jeddah hub is part of an ongoing series of projects for a pharmaceuticals distribution network that will ultimately involve more than 20 new buildings throughout Saudi Arabia. I entered the project during the schematic design phase, developing plans and elevations from sketches I helped produced in a team charrette while producing presentation materials for the client. The early stages of the project involved frequent trips to and from the Middle East, which had a side effect of making production a relatively staccato affair. Design and presentation work had to be accomplished in short, energetic bursts under extreme time constraints to deliver products in advance of international business meetings. The project is a combination corporate office and logistics center, including an automated material handling plant, vehicle maintenance facilities, a mosque, and employee dormitories. The centerpiece of the design is a scooped metal roof that cantilevers 40 feet over a dramatic entry plaza and circular drive. The gesture is an attempt to reach the client’s demand for a world-class sequence of entry on a very low cost-per-square-foot building. In an effort to build the brand image of the upstart enterprise, all of the newly constructed buildings will be based on the design language of the regional hub.

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Scott S. Brackney Portfolio 2012  

Portfolio of student and professional architectural projects.

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