MArch ARCHITECTURE RIBA II
CHARLES WESTON SMITH SAMPLE PORTFOLIO +44 (0) 7878198289 firstname.lastname@example.org
MArch FIRST YEAR DESIGN STUDIO 10
One of a series of abstract diagrams showing how Helium-3 is given off by our sun as a byproduct of its hydrogen fusion reaction, how it bypasses Earth due to its active iron core and resulting magnetic field, and how it is deposited in large quantities on the surface of the moon.
TUTORS: ARTHUR MAMOU-MANI + TOBY BURGESS
T HE MO O N
THE POWER OF THE SUN FROM THE MOON
The final project of my first year at the University of Westminster took the form of an abstract exploration of the use of our moon as a potential source of Helium-3 as fuel for nuclear fusion back on Earth, and the resulting spaces which might arise from its colonisation. Central to the project was the use of anaglyphic 3D imaging techniques to augment our experience of architectural space.
EARTH One of a series of anaglyphic hightfield maps of the south pole of the moon created using infrared radiometric data from NASAâ€™s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This one details the temperature extremes present surrounding Shackleton Crater, highlighting its relative coolness and potential use as a site for a future moon base.
3D Glasses required for full experience. + 100 C
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Above: a series of speculative hand drawings drawn with promarker and technical pen and manipulated in anaglyphic 3D so as to augment the viewers experience of an alternate three dimensional space.
Centerfold: Anaglyphic 3D drawing of a future moon base as a shipping center for helium-3 mined from the lunar regolith by a series of robotic installations. 3D Glasses required for full experience.
MArch SECOND YEAR DESIGN STUDIO 18 TUTORS: P R O F. L I N D S A Y B R E M N E R + R O B E RT O B O T TA Z Z I Awarded Distinction
APOTHEOSIS: THE SPIRITUALITY OF FLOW Using the seven primary chakras of Hinduism alongside the holy elements of Water and Void integral to the worship of Shiva, My final thesis project aimed to interrogate and deconstruct the definition, realisation and manifestation of spiritual architectural space as a system of internal energy within the human body and mind. Using cutting edge computational simulation, physical modelling, and extensive diagrammatic drawing to simulate and interrogate the relationship between the Shaivistic (worship of Shiva) elements of water and void and their interactions within the architectural void of the divine, a series of enigmatic and unknowable spatial abstractions were generated, speculatively exploring and perhaps redefining our definition of what architecture was, is, and can be, using the infinite catalytic potential of the human mind.
As a starting point, I simulated the flow of water over a parametric surface, generated from an abstract deconstructed siteplan, within the city of Chennai, India. The final outcome of this initial foray was the creation of a hydrological prototype, as an abstract negative of the city.
Frame 327 of a series of speculative particle simulations into the phenomena of flow over surfaces of differing qualities. The particles are coloured according to their energetic flux.
Rapid Prototype 3D Printed Model of the final simulation resulting in a physical prototype of energetic flow through Chennai.
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Experimental perspective of 1 of 2 digital prototypes mirrored and rotated in order to generate an alternate viewpoint. The structure in the center is the surface over which the flow was simulated to generate this prototype.
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Exploded isometric drawing of a design for an archive of collected site research that was laser cut from standard sheets of clear acrylic. 
[ # ] PART NAME
[ 0 1 ] PLINTH BASE
[ 0 2 ] PLINTH INSERT
[ 0 3 ] ARCHIVE BASE
[ 0 4 ] ARCHIVE WALL (LEFT)
[ 0 5 ] ARCHIVE WALL (LEFT) REINFORCEMENT
[ 0 6 ] FRONT WALL WITH ETCHED ZONE MAP
[ 0 7 ] ARCHIVE WALL (RIGHT)
[ 0 8 ] ARCHIVE WALL (RIGHT) REINFORCEMENT
[ 0 9 ] BACK WALL
[ 1 0 ] 1ST COMPARTMENT FRONT WALL
[ 1 1 ] 2ND COMPARTMENT FRONT WALL
[ 1 2 ] 3RD COMPARTMENT FRONT WALL
[ 1 3 ] 4TH COMPARTMENT FRONT WALL
[ 1 4 ] 1ST COMPARTMENT BACK WALL (WITH FOOT)
[ 1 5 ] 2ND COMPARTMENT BACK WALL (WITH FOOT)
[ 1 6 ] 3RD COMPARTMENT BACK WALL (WITH FOOT)
[ 1 7 ] 4TH COMPARTMENT BACK WALL
[ 1 8 ] 4TH COMPARTMENT FOOT
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S P A C E
N One of a series of maps generated using GIS and Grasshopper, exploring the urban growth of the city of Chennai over time. NTS
T E M P O R A L K O V I L A M B A K K A M
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MANIPURA SOLAR PLEXUS
AJNA THIRD EYE
Declaratory drawing illustrating the seven holy chakras of Hinduism as crucibles for the flow of divine energy within the human body, and their relation to their physical manifestations as anatomical elements of a typical Hindu Shiva temple.
A speculative series of drawings starting to explore the potential physicality of the divine using the seven primary chakras as the nexuses of energy flow within the body. The chakras are coloured for each segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is by balancing all seven chakras that one can achieve enlightenment. Upon enlightenment it is said that you are one with the pure, perfect light of the divine.
1. Pressure Testing.
A series of simulations were conducted using the metaphor for the flow of water as divine energy within the body. The simulations tested the relationship between water and void within the divine body of Lord Shiva with the goal of generating a series of architectural spaces of spirtual energy within the body and mind. 2. Testing the influence of gravity.
This testing culminated in a film demonstrating the process. Please click this link to view on Youtube:
MANIPURA SOLAR PLEXUS
3. Directional flow testing.
AJNA THIRD EYE
4. Chakratic Flow Testing.
SAHASRARA CROWN A series of spaces generated from the final simulation overleaf: upon the moment each chakraâ€™s energy enters the body, it is frozen in time, and is meshed to create these seven forms representing the moment at which enlightenment is achieved. 5. Testing the influence of individual chakras on the divine form.
The physicality of spirituality. [I]
The structure of the units being assembled.
Row of seven units fully assembled and clad with complete LED strip.
The full array of seven chakras in their respective cases, lit with the LED strip.
Close up of the Sacral Chakra laser etching.
Ajna - Third Eye display unit detail.
Ajna - Third Eye chakra lit by LED light.
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Exploded isometric drawing of a device constructed from laser cut ply, MDF, card and clear acrylic which was used to view the unknowable divine spaces formed from meshed chakras illustrated overleaf. The chakras were sliced and laser etched into individual sheets of clear acrylic. These were then encased within display cases designed for erganomic viewing. Finally, a strip of LEDs was slotted into the rear of each case. When the strip is moved up and down, each slice of the chakras is illuminated, affording the viewer a sliced snapshot of the larger whole, for one cannot truly comprehend the divine in its entirety.
[ # ] PART NAME
[ 0 1 ] MDF DISPLAY STAND (HALF OF 1ST LAMINATE)
[ 0 2 ] MDF DISPLAY STAND (HALF OF 1ST LAMINATE)
[ 0 3 ] BLACK CARD FRONT CLADDING
[ 0 4 ] LASER ETCHED CHAKRA DISPLAY PLATE
[ 0 5 ] LASER ETCHED CHAKRA NAME DISPLAY PLATE
[ 0 6 ] ALUMINIUM REINFORCING MEMBERS
[ 0 7 ] BLACK CARD REVERSE CLADDING
[ 0 8 ] DISPLAY UNIT END CLADDING
[ 0 9 ] LASER ETCHED ACRYLIC CONTOURED LAMINATE STACK
[ 1 0 ] MDF DISPLAY STAND (HALF OF 2ND LAMINATE)
[ 1 1 ] MDF DISPLAY STAND (HALF OF 2ND LAMINATE)
[ 1 2 ] DISPLAY UNIT INTERVAL CLADDING
[ 1 3 ] AJNA DISPLAY UNIT
[ 1 4 ] EXPLODED VIEW OF ACRYLIC LAMINATE STACK
[ 1 5 ] VISHUDDHA DISPLAY UNIT
[ 1 6 ] ANAHATA DISPLAY UNIT
[ 1 7 ] RGB LED STRIP (ATTACHED TO LIGHTING BOOM)
[ 1 8 ] MDF LIGHTING BOOM
[ 1 9 ] BOOM HANDLE
[ 2 0 ] ISOMETRIC VIEW OF ASSEMBLED DISPLAY UNITS
  
  
Plan view of the final proposal for the thesis project. A series of pavilions represented by each chakra arranged in a star formation, with the central point being Ajna - The Third Eye.
The project culmintated in a series of seven perspectives of each spiritual chakratic space, designed to be viewed alongside the model detailed on the previous pages. Each image was generated by simulating the interactions between the holy elements of water and void within the body of Lord Shiva. By balancing all seven prime chakras, one achieves enlightenment. This divine spatial genesis. This is apotheosis.
Elevation view of the chakratic pavilions.
Boons Park Residence RIBA Stages: Project Value: Contract:
2-4 £9m Design & Build
Boons Park is a ten bedroom, high-end, luxury private residence currently under construction, situated on Toys Hill, Kent, featuring separate pool and function halls, an indoor cinema, executive and family kitchen, and gym and steam room/sauna spaces. The house replaced an exemplary original Arts and Crafts house and so the project was designed to be as authentic to Doric order Georgian period architecture as possible. Special care was taken to ensure that period details were to as exacting
a standard as possible. I was chiefly in charge with the research and design of these external details from concept design through to detailed design. Due to planning stupilations that it not exceed the footprint of the original Victorian residence, the project became an interesting design challenge wherein a historically accurate early Georgian country villa had to be as accurately proportional as possible whilst constrained by a smaller footprint.
Isometric view of the entire project.
Ground and first floor windows designs, typical of ‘Adam Style’ in the early Georgian period.
Boons Park - Ground Floor Plan
Front Door Set details.
Boons Park - North Elevation
Boons Park - South Elevation Proportions
Typical ancillary feature window detail.
Detail section through typical external wall and window buildup.
21 Upper Grosvenor Street RIBA Stages: Project Value: Contract:
8 Wilton Crescent
3-5 £5m Design & Build
My work on 21 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, comprised largely of rennovating an original Georgian townhouse and its accompanying mews building and turning it into an ultra high-end 10,300sqft 9 bed residence. Over the course of four months, I was tasked with assisting the design team with the design of bespoke joinery in the bedroom suites and residents kitchen as well as assissting with the design of the basement pool area. Additionally, I was responsible for the design of the external terrace area on the first floor, which took the place of the original garden area spanning the gap between the townhouse and mews. In addition, due to the nature of the procurement contract, I was present on site for the entirety of my time on this project, affording me valuable experience working with the project manager and construction team.
RIBA Stages: Project Value: Contract:
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
This project was also chiefly concerned with interior rennovation to a beautiful original Georgian residence on Wilton Crescent, Belgravia. After my work on 21 Upper Grosvenor Street, my main focus on this project was assisting the project architect with the design of the basement pool area, as well as the sub basement sauna, which featured a window through to the underwater level of the pool. I also assisted with the interior detailing of the main house’s formal reception rooms. This project was particularly interesting because, being on a crescent, the house was wedge shaped, which presented some interesting design challenges. Throughout my time working on this residence I was afforded similarly extensive time working on site.
Sectional perspective 3D model
Basement Pool Hall
First Floor Terrace
3-5 £4m Design & Build
Basement Pool Area
External Ground Floor Terrace
Sample of works carried out throughout the two years on my MArch (RIBA II) at the University of Westminster.