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Piercing the Pattern
Parti Diagram PRESERVING THE VOID: Montepulciano is an ancient city with historic buildings. The current site is a void in the urban fabric. Therefore the cantina must be designed to mesh with the historic surroundings. Notably, the cantina was placed at street level to blend with the neighboring facades. Further, the roof is accessible to people, affording them with a view to the valley below. The roof acts as its own facade that cohesively juts into the backside elevation.
RSUBMERGING THE MASS
RRETAINING THE FACADE Down
Subterrestial is a cantina design installation on a vacant site along Via Ricci in Montepulciano, Italy. Montepulciano is a medieval, Renaissance hilltop city, which is known worldwide for its wine. Its urban fabric is shaped by its geographic features -- the city sits on a hilltop and dissipates into the valley.
The entrance from Via Ricci descends into the retail space. Inside the space, the glass window offers a view to the valley below.
ELEVATION VIA RICCI
ELEVATION VIA DEL PIE AL SASSO
Elevation Via Del Pie Al Sasso
The large tasting space overlooks the cellar. Many spaces in the building overlook other spaces, providing visitors with different views and experiences.
Elevation Via Sacci
To preserve the existing cut, the elevation is placed parallel to Via Ricci, allowing access to the roof. The backside elevation folds over from the roof. The materials utilized are black mat steel and glass. The glass correlates with the voids: the void on the roof that folds into the entrance and the void of circulation that exists inside the building.
VOIDED AREAS: A reverse figure-ground reveals the density of urban fabric in Freetown between two great voids – the bays around the peninsula and the National Park. Smaller- scale voids within the urban fabric are public spaces, green spaces, cemeteries and golf courses.
WATER DEFINING DISTRICTS
Urban Fabric Freetown’s urban fabric emanates from the adjacent bays and is a reverberation of the water’s edge. The densest core of the city is densed by a variety of organizational systems, such as grids and axes, responding to this edge. The fabric becomes fragmented and less organized as it responds to the mountainous terrain.
Density along water’s edge Grid responding to water’s edge Axial development along the water’s edge Parallel development along water’s edge
DENSITY: The figure ground of Freetown reveals a clear hierarcy of density in the city. The densest areas developed along the water and dissapates gradually as the city moves away from the water.
Market Asheville is a new markethall to serve downtown Asheville. The programmatic elements include a covered exterior and enclosed interior spaces. The design proposal focuses primarily on volumetric massing and facade resolution for the markethall.
Billboard Facade- Wood The site was located in the city’s core, providing a busy and energetic vibe. The area is served by both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, attracting customers into the market hall. The idea based on the city’s analysis was to have facades act as billboards to draw attention to the markethall. Window Facades- Glass
Gyration Gyration is a design for a 50,000 sq ft museum for architecture in Charlotte, North Carolina. The museum will educate the general public on historic and contemporary architecture, while also provinding a seedbed for architecture designs of the future.
PARTI IDEAS: The two predominant ideas are (1) cirulation weaving around the building to different exhibits; and (2) sky bridges that connect the city to the museum.
Using clear plexiglass, the architecture museum’s sky bridges give access to the surrounding views. The building’s exterior facade is made of concrete to support the bridges and cantilevers. Each section of each floor houses a different exhibit.
The drawings illustrate the museum’s connection with the city and the materials used in the building. The eight foot wall section uses charcaol emphasizing the concrete that attaches each floor to the sky bridges in the building. The exterior and interior renderings reflect the experience in each space.
8’ by 2’ Charcoal on paper
Contoured Contoured is a series of ruled surfaces. A ruled surface, in architecture, is when a design is created by taking a series of straight lines to form a curve.
The idea developed through the drawings is: A center focal point flowing outward. Each branch reflects its opposite counterpart meeting at the same center point. Each branch is slightly altered in angle or length to provide the space with a different look.
Harmonize is a structure with a design incorporating five elements: A lookout to the east, a view of the sky, two entrances, a communal area, and a personal area. Harmonizeâ€˜s design utilizes intersecting ruled surfaces.
Harmonize is a tall structure making it adaptable to multiple uses. The topography -- Harmonize is built on a steep slope -- presents a challenge in the design. The plexiglass is used to reflect the ruled surfaces. The scaled drawing shows the detail of the joint connection of the ruled surfaces.
Orbit Orbitâ€™s design consists of a series of ellipses, in a repeating pattern, which evokes motion.
The digital drawings take one intial idea and improves upon it through iterations. The design is intended to suggest motion. Line weights are used to enhance the shapeâ€™s significant parts and to give the drawing movement. A string and two nails hammered into MDF wood to created the hand drawn design.
Folding transforms planar material into a three dimensional rigid structure. Folded plates are a type of folding structure.
One design is a column and another is curved creases. The goal was to transform two dimensional paper into a three dimensional design. The diagrams show how the folds evolve into the final product.
Piercing the Pattern
The project began with three wooden dowel models, which were intersected with smaller cubes, creating voids in the middle of larger cube. The museum board model shows the voids in space occurring in the wooden dowel model.
A boolean is when one shape intersects another to create a void. Piercing the Pattern utilizes many cubes piercing a larger cube to create a boolean.
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Portfolio Brendan Swinehart
Third Year Architecture Portfolio- first semester