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The NEST Perspective Chamberlaine Beard


“An architect is the drawer of Dreams.” -Grace McGarvie


The NEST Perspective Chamberlaine Beard





THE NEST The Natural Education Station at Turtle Cove Project Objective Deisng a single outdoor room in a rural marshland setting for educational use with a focus on how people inhabit the space and the material condition of construction. The outdoor classwoom should deepen the awareness of the environment.



Fire Station, Farmers Market, and Community Center Location: Manchac Marshlands Client: Turtle Cove Preservation Society Project Dates: September - October 2009

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Facing Page: Site plan Perspective

The design responds to the environment both in materiality and form. Its circular components provide a soft, organic look, which allow one’s eyes to slip past the structures, maintaining a focus on the landscape, one’s ultimate field of study. In an effort to accomadate the clien’t small budget and long-term plans, the proposed design is composed of a “kit of parts”, in which additions can be made if/when funding becomes available. Beginning with a basic platform, the structure is meant to grow, incrementally, into a fully functional outoor classroom, complete with soalr panels, a composting toilet, and a water collection system.

The outdoor classroom is constructed entirely of managably-sized, local timber product, allowing for easy and cheap material transport.


Floorplan 1/8” = 1’0”

Section 1/8” = 1’0”


Aerial View

Slat Orientation and Views

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THE CANAL STREET FIRE STATION Fire Station and Community Center Project Objective Creat a socially responsible design for a fire station as well as a communal function, with a focus on programmatic components and users to enhance community support and exchange.



Fire Station, Farmers Market, and Community Center Location: 3100 Block of St. Charles Client: New Orleans Fire Departmen (NOFD) Project Dates: October - Decem ber 2009

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Facing Page: Site plan Longitudinal Section 1/32” = 1’0”

The project responds to the program with a compact design, which allows for immediate access to the apparatus bay at any time. The design clearly defines the different types of spaces (administrative, living, and apparatus/maintenance), emphasizing the more important spaces; the double height apparatus bay & living spaces sit very central whiel the lesser office and maintenance areas are pulled out to the sides. All components are linked by a central bar of public space that takes the public from the Canal Street side, back through the fire station and out to meet the community aspects of the site. This bar is articulated by a semi-transparent tower

(a node to the church across the street) as well as a glass-wall foot bridge which serves as the firefighters’ private entrance to the community spaces. Althogh it also serves to compliment the stylistic language of the fire station, the community aspects are derrived directly from the regulating lines of the surrounding site, tying it all back to the community it serves.

Maintenance/Apparatus Administrative/Training Residence/Living

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Connecting with the Community The proposed community aspect consists of a large open-air warehouse space, a tutoring center, and a small grocery store and community kichen. The warehouse space can function as a flea/farmers market, exhibition space, or outdoor theatre and is directly connected to the fire station via an elevated footbridge at the second level. The tutoring center, directly across from the school allows fro quick and easy access to students. The grocery and community kitchen has a language that relates to the houses it fronts.

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Facing Page: Site layout process models.

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THE CASCADE AFFECT Freret St. Dormitory Project Objective Establish commenity, leadership, self governance, and intellectural engagemnt via the design of academic and private components for thirty uppper classman students on the limited Freret St. site.



Freret Street mini-Dorm

Location: 5112 Freret St. Client: Tulane University Project Dates: January - March 2010

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Facing Page: Site plan. Soniat Elevation 1/32” = 1’0”

Through the use of overlapping circulation and lounge spaces, the proposed desing fosters “inevitable interaction”. As residents move up or down through these stepping public spaces to access the private rooms, it is certain that they will interact with other residents. The spacious, open lounges offer plenty of light via glass walls, skylights and courtyards to create pleasent and desirable public spaces. Emphasizing the desirable quality of these public spaces encourages more “lounge living” in the hopes that residents will spend less time cooped up in their rooms. The entrance to the dorm is located on the Soniat St. side to emphasize and utilize the benefits of the second lot,

which is programmed as a social “green” space. Locating the resident entrance off of Freret St. allows the community aspect (Tulane City Center) to have a stronger place amongst the more public domain.

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Floor Plans 1/32” = 1’0”

Bas Relief Model 20 14

Longitudinal Section 1/32” = 1’0”

Transverse Section 1/32” = 1’0” 21 15

ACTING EXTRUSIONS A Pavillion Project Objective Alter a 20’ x 20’ x 20’ volume to create a series of twenty different, albeit related pavillions in a clear and controlled fashion. The resulting design is the product of digital experimentation and reads as a playful, yet practical pavillion.


A FOOTFALL OF FASCINATION A Staircase Project Objective Experiment with form to develop a complex surface strategy forming a stair condition. The design abstracts the opening of a clam shell, flowing dramatically from the second level down to the ground.


2nd Year Portfolio  

2nd Year Portfolio (Take II) Projects: Turtle Cove Pavillion Canal St. Fire station Freret St. Micro_Dorm Digital Media Assignments: Pavill...