Chris Jewett PORTFOLIO
CO N T E N TS
Copper Harbor, Michigan | Digital drawing, Fall 2016
PLASTER VIGNETTES LIGHT VESSEL CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS MINTON HOUSE MODEL DETROIT AUTO INDUSTRY OBSERVATORY MATERIAL STUDIES STRUCTURAL MODEL ARCHES URBAN CAMPING BITTERSWEET FARMS
Plaster Vignettes spring 2017 These small plaster models were created as a tool to explore the interaction between form and light. The initial concept of each design was derived from a specific light/formal condition in a precedent space, which was then expressed in plaster. Each iteration was tested with light and framed with photography resulting in highly tuned spatial conditions.
Light Vessel spring 2017
This is a tool for studying light intended to study the play of light on surfaces, through different sized and shaped apertures, in different seasons and times of day. This is the culmination of a series of iterations of light vessels- each refining and focusing the light phenomenon. The vessel is designed as a response to resonance; the synchronous vibration of sound waves and resonating objects.
Construction Documents spring 2015 In Building Systems 1 we learned the art of creating hand-drafted construction documents in addition to the different kinds of building types and methods. Attention to detail is very important when working by hand. We learned to be intentional about every pencil line; a contrast to the quick, repetitive nature of CAD drawing. Fundamental concepts like line weight, drawing symbols, and dimensions were introduced through drawing.
Minton House Model summer 2015 This introduction to model building kindled my interest in craft and remains my primary interest in school. The class introduced fundamental model building skills and materials. We started with plans for a house and then determined how best to represent the different wall types and materials at scale. In later courses, my modeling process has developed into thinking about models as miniature buildings, with small-scale connection details and construction processes.
Detroit Auto Industry spring 2017 These rendering and models are samples from a semester-long investigation in documenting networks. We started out investigating all the different nodes in the automotive network in Detroit. We then narrowed down our investigations to major hubs in the network and represented them with focused renderings.
Observatory fall 2016 This project takes a closer look at landscape design by considering a somewhat ordinary feature on a site; the ‘decay,’ or breakdown of the land and vegetation, and rendering it visible to visitors who may otherwise not notice it. The result is a short path cut into the bank of a man-made pond that is allowed to ‘decay’ over time, thus allowing visitors to observe the forces of nature at work as the land literally falls away around them.
Top: Site conditions Above: Unfolded section along path, showing decay; early iteration. Pen on trace.
Material Studies fall 2017 Through a series of small studies, we learned the basic properties and construction methods associated with three of the most common building materials: steel, wood, and concrete. After a couple studies in each, we developed and built models of connections between materials.
Structural Model fall 2017 The goal of this project was to design a structural system based on a given material, concrete in this case, and maximize the benefits of the system, which not only supports the building, but shapes space with the structure itself and is aesthetically pleasing enough to forgo most applied decoration or covering. The system I developed maximizes the natural compressive strength of concrete by putting it into purely compressive arches. Combined with high tensilestrength steel, the system can achieve long, clear spans. After studying standard structural systems and construction techniques, I developed a model-making strategy by down-scaling typical construction methods, making use of reinforcing and reusable formwork. The model is made from plaster with steel wire reinforcing and wood formwork. Next spread: Construction Process
Arches fall 2017 This project is the final adaptation of material-driven design. It builds on the discoveries of the structural model and introduces different kinds of arches into the design. This project integrates form, light, and a generic program into the agenda. The result is a unique building that uses multiple flavors of arches as structure and ornamentation. Arches not only form the structure, but drive the feel and division of space.
Sectional study model
Construction study models
LONGITUDINAL SECTION SCALE: 1/4" = 1'-0"
SECOND FLOOR 25' - 0"
CAST-IN-PLACE CONCRETE ARCHES
FIRST FLOOR 15' - 0"
PRECAST REINFORCED CONCRETE PANEL 2 1/2" RIGID INSULATION
1" INSUL. GLAZING
FIRE-RATED GLASS EGRESS STAIR ENCLOSURE
GROUND FLOOR 0' - 0"
Urban Camping spring 2018 The idea of camping on Belle Isle in Detroit is not a new concept. People used to stay overnight after fireworks throughout the 20th century. This project reintroduces camping to the island and Detroit as an accessible, affordable way for citizens to experience nature in a predominantly urban environment. A campground in the center of the 'Jewel of Detroit' re-imagines the site of the former Belle Isle Zoo, bringing people to experience nature on its own terms. The location plugs into the existing recreational uses of the island, as well as the flourishing waterfront ecosystem of both people and nature. The site is placed along a larger fictional watercraft trail leading down the Fox Creek Canal down the Detroit River.
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Site Plan. Marker, colored pencil and pen on vellum. 18" x 42"
Site Sections. Pen on vellum. 9" x 42"
Bittersweet Farms fall 2018 Bittersweet Farms, located on 80 acres of woodland and farmland in Whitehouse, Ohio, serves autistic adults in a farm setting to provide meaningful and enriching activities. Bittersweet is considering an addition of a recreational center and clinic to expand their presence in the community, both with those who are and are not autistic. For this teambased project, we were able to visit the site and communicate directly with our client, who gave us feedback on their needs and the unique, varying, and specific needs of their residents.
"The mission of Bittersweet, Inc. is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch."
Rendering by others.
Rendering by others.
1/8" = 1'-0" | 48" x 54"