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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO CHRISTOPHER LEPPERT


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CHRISTOPHER LEPPERT Architecture Portfolio Bachelors of Architecture New Jersey Institute of Technology

sections 01_Florence Botanical Gardens 02_Electronic Music and Arts Center 03_Whaling Museum 04_Miscellaneous Work

2010-2012


Florence Botanical Gardens

Electronic Music and Arts Center

Whaling Museum

Miscellaneous Work


01_Florence

FLORENCE BOTANICAL GARDENS Project Location: Florence, Italy Project Size: 150,000 sq ft Critic: Professor Stephen Zdepski Program: Interior and exterior gardens, marketplace, overlook, piazza Project Description: Centuries of the Arno River overflowing its banks as it runs through Florence, Italy has resulted in engineering construction which have made the riverbanks inaccessible and functionally bifurcates the city. Yet, the desire to use the Arno River persists for boating, swimming, parties, fireworks, picnicking and other forms of recreation, during the dry seasons at low water levels. The historical center of Florence is composed of a dense and narrow streetscape. Most of the urban center is void of natural landscape. Much of the adjacent pedestrian streetscape is relatively narrow with vertically “over-scaled” buildings. Occupiable shade and natural landscape mostly occur in private interior courtyards. The Arno Botanical Garden is composed of a series of interior gardens (winter garden), and exterior gardens which connect the city East to West, and connect the pedestrian to the Arno. The “garden-river path” is a thread which connects a number of “garden themes and public events” both along and across the Arno. Each themed garden requires a specific light and ventilation level, min.-max temperatures and humidity. The Botanical Garden also includes a public overlook tower, riverbank courtyard for public events, opportunity to public street markets, and outdoor dining for adjacent restaurants.

Spring 2011


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Botanical Gardens Along the Arno River The Arno River acts as a physical divide between the historical city and the residential neighborhoods. By building large flood walls, Florence lost its relationship with the river and have become fascinated with the cities bridges instead. There are very few points where the city actually meets the river. Along the site there is a very urban context that relates to major buildings, landmarks, and great public spaces. The only public space missing along this area is one that integrates with the river itself. In juxtaposition to the urban context and within the flood walls, there is also a very natural landscape that flows into the Arno. The goal is to blend these two sites with the Arno River it once made contact with and embrace its changing groundplan. The botanical gardens will connect with the river through a new piazza below the city walls and buildings. By linking this space with the UFFIZI GALLERY, it provides a new program for the museum, making the landmark have a special relationship with the river.

Aesthetic battle within Florence (new vs. old); People of Venice embracing the flood


Piazza della santissima annuziata

ARNO=the new piazza

Duomo

Piazza della signoria

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Piazza de’ pitti

Progression of public space into the Arno River

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The botanical gardens are a living entity in which plants are grown and used in the ingredients of the products sold in the market

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-hops/barley -Sangiovese grapes

-coffee tree -herbal garden

-cocoa plant -sugar cane

PERFUME -rose, jasmine, geranium

TOBACCO -tobacco plant


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UFFIZI GALLERY VASARI CORRIDOR

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CONTROLLED ROOF PATTERN/APERTURES DEPENDING ON GARDEN TYPE UNDERNEATH

TECHNICAL BUILDING SECTION 1. DRILLED PILE FOUNDATION 2. SOIL 3. CRUSHED STONE INFILL 4. SUPPLY AIR DUCT WITH INSULATION 5. RETURN AIR DUCT WITH INSULATION 6. CONCRETE WALL CONTAINING INSULATION LAYER, WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE 7. 18” STEEL COLUMNS 8. WALKABLE STEEL GRILLE 9. 8”x8” STEEL CHANNELS 10. TREE COLUMN MADE OF 5 6” STEEL MEMBERS 11. WATER OBTAINED FROM THE ARNO RIVER 12. CONCRETE BENCH 13. ALUMINIUM DOUBLE GLAZING UNIT 14. 5’ WIDE TRIANGULAR CURVED STEEL TRUSS 15. LIGHTWEIGHT STEEL SECONDARY I BEAMS 16. 1/4” STEEL CABLES CONNECTING THE WALKABLE GRILLE TO THE CHORDS OF THE TRUSS 17. STEEL RAILING 18.6-8” WOOD FLOORING 19. CONCRETE SLAB 20. WOOD RAILING WITH 1/8” STEEL CABLE CONNECTIONS 21. ROOF SYSTEM CONTAINING OF 4” STEEL DIAGRID STRUCTURE FIXED AND OPERABLE GLASS PANELS, PLASTIC ENCASING MEMBRANE 22. 8 x 8” WOOD ROOF BEAM 23. 2” x 2” WOOD STRIP FINISH 24. WOOD PANEL ENCLOSURE 25. WATER SUPPLY PIPES

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02_EMAC

Fall 2011

Electronic Music and Arts Center (EMAC) Project Location: New York City, NY Project Size: 70,000 sq ft Critic: Professor Joshua Zinder Program: 300 seat blackbox/whitebox theatre space, back of house support, cafe/restaurant, office suite, classrooms, computer lab, practice rooms, recording studios Project Description: The International Electronic Music and Art Center (EMAC) shall provide a home for the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF). It shall accommodate social, educational and studio spaces. The EMF will support the use and creation of digital media, audience interaction/immersion and outdoor performance. Students are to investigate 3 possible site locations for the EMAC and select one which will best serve the programmatic, social, and formal needs of the facility. All the sites are located along the High Line in New York City and should contribute to the further development of community and arts in this section of the city. The EMAC will actively encourage the convergence of art and technology, providing exhibition, educational and performance space where technological, electronic and innovative performance art can be developed, displayed and exhibited.


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Electronic Music and Arts Center

21st STREET

The Electronic Music and Arts Center serves as a new transformational object on the Manhattan grid. In a context full of buildings in love with themselves, the EMAC is dedicated to the public ear and eye. All performance and display spaces are located adjacent to the highline adding new program to the stretch of the park it encounters: SOUND and VISION. The flexibility of the operable spaces and the structure allow many opportunities: To embrace or completely remove the city, to practice music for the public, to allow the public to see the interworkings of the building and the spaces in it.

Open areas with visibility to EMAC site

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HIGHLINE ELEVATED PARK

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Classroom as performance

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Conceptual Rendering


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Lobby space

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Stair to living machine


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03_Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum Project Location: To be installed throughout the world Project Size: 9,000 sq ft Critic: Professor Don Wall Program: Interactive audio/video installation Project Description: Students are asked to design a portion of a museum dedicated to the whaling industry of the 1800’s. This project examines the anatomy and physical make up of the sperm whale. The exhibit uses projections onto an impermanent medium (FogScreen) so that the visitor can physically dissect or break the image once they walk through it.

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Whaling Museum The exhibit is the dissection of the whale through digital images. The whale’s head will be digitally split into ten longitudinal sections and displayed on a fog screen in which the user will be able to experience the act of dissection in the process of entering or breaking the image. The images are directly aligned with one another so that, in the end, the user will see all transparent sections and their relation to one another and the whole. The physical space or form that houses the digital images is designed from the only ‘content’ available, the entry video clip. The architecture in terms of materials and structure should relate to the act of dissection and peeling of the layers of the whale both internally and externally. The exterior surface will be taken apart in strips by unrelated mechanical systems, to reveal the complexity of the structure underneath. Since the exhibit will be designed from an impermanent and digital medium, the use of digital systems should be magnified throughout the museum both aurally and visually. The exhibit should be treated as a foreign object, with no physical relation to anything around it but the video that it elongates from. That being said, visitors can move around it walking underneath, around, and on top of it but only entering it through the initial fragmented video. The succession through the exhibit (after the video) is very linear and once one enters the exhibit they cannot turn back and must exit at the end on of the dissection. In the end, the visitor will have a better understanding of both the whale and the physical space through viewing small fragmentations of each that relate to the whole.

Slaughter of a baleen whale

Sperm whale


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Summer 2011

04_Miscellaneous-Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Project Location: Newark, New Jersey Project Size: 180,000 sq ft Program: Lincoln Park music festival, Project Description: A response to a programmatic need from Lincoln Park’s immediate environment. Where do people sit? During the city’s infamous riots of the late 60s, most of the park benches were removed. Now, in an area that is slowly redeveloping and is home to one of the largest music festivals in the state, the need for seating needs to be adressed. Working closely with representives for the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, a scheme for moveable furniture was developed. The moveable furniture, in the form of a milk crate, was inspired by the objects visitors would bring to the park to sit on. This new furniture would be allowed to be moved and dispersed freely throughout Newark and serve as an advertisement for Lincoln Park. Each “crate” would contain flyers and other information on upcoming events in the park. The seats would be electronically tagged to track their locations and collection areas would provide incentives for seat returns.

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perforated top/permeable surface 1/8” plexiglass covering

LincolnPARK branding

flyers/advertisements

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04_Miscellaneous-Siena Studio

Summer 2011

Siena Studio Studio Location: Siena, Italy Studio Description: Studio traveled throughout the cities of Italy (Milan, Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice) completing various design exercises and workshops along the way. Milan Wonder Breakfast Abitare Article: http://www.abitare.it/it/design/wonderbreakfast/ Milan Wonder Breakfast Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M_3Kh6TF3U&feature =related Siena Porta Pispini Final Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedde d&v=0iv45MARAKQ

Milan Wonder Breakfast locations

Siena Studio Blog: http://chrisleppert.tumblr.com/

Milan Wonder Breakfast


Porta Pispini proposal

Siena sketches/Analytique


2012

04_Miscellaneous-Sky Condos Competition

Sky Condos Competition Project Location: Lima, Peru Project Size: 5000 sq meters Program: 10 duplex living units, coffee shop, administration office, parking garage

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1 MASTER BED 2 MASTER BATH 3 WALK-IN CLOSET 4 LIVING/DINING RM. 5 KITCHEN

6 WET KITCHEN 7 SERVICE BED ROOM 8 LAUNDRY 9 PANTRY 10 ENTRANCE


ROOF 530 TERRACE 157 INFINITY POOL 124 MECH./WATER TANK 153

TYP. UNIT A (5) 530 TERRACE 62 POOL 50 LIVING/DINING ROOM 89 MEZZANINE 100

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1ST FLOOR 300 OFFICE 50 GYM 127 MECH. ROOM 32

GROUND FLOOR 525 CAFE 226 LOBBY 63 AUTOMATIC PARKING 119 RECREATION ROOM 62

LEVEL B1 225

PUBLIC POWER STATION 77 VEHICLE LIFT 94

LEVEL B2 225 MECH. ROOM 77 STORAGE 94

LEVEL B3 796

AUTOMATIC GARAGE 608 (105 SPACES) TRASH COMPACT ROOM 94 TENANT STORAGE 94

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TRANSVERSE SECTION 1:200


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CHRISTOPHER J. LEPPERT 47 Route 645  Branchville, NJ 07826 Phone: 201-230-1802  Email: chrisleppert@gmail.com EDUCATION NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEWARK, NJ May 2012 Master of Science, Civil Engineering  GPA: 3.5/4.0 Bachelor of Architecture (accredited)  Major GPA: 3.41/4.0 ƒ Selected to present to the NAAB on behalf of the New Jersey School of Architecture ƒ Nominated for New Jersey School of Architecture Design Showcase (5 years) ƒ Dean’s List Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 UNIVERSITÁ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA, MILAN, ROME & SIENA, ITALY August 2011 ƒ Completion of “Siena Studio,” an eight-week intensive study of the architecture and urbanism of Italy ƒ Work published online in international design magazine Abitare

SKILLS Relevant Courses: Architecture Studios, Architecture History, Building Systems, Comprehensive Studio, Introduction to Design, Real Estate Analysis, Surveying Technical Skills:

Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), Archicad, AutoCAD, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, Autodesk Revit, Google SketchUp, Grasshopper, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Rhinoceros, Vray Renderer

WORK EXPERIENCE Sussex County Facilities Management Division June 2008- September 2009 ƒ Worked from construction drawings from local architects in the construction of the Sussex-Wantage Library Amphitheatre ƒ Completed numerous landscaping design projects for local municipal facilities ƒ Assisted hands-on in various site improvements, performing basic construction, painting, and landscaping functions Leppert Lawncare ƒ Established and operated local landscaping business ƒ Worked with clients in developing and executing small scale landscaping designs ƒ Managed customer accounts, invoicing and collections JK Architect ƒ Worked on a residential project in Atlantic Beach, NY ƒ Currently under construction ƒ Prepared preliminary digital models ƒ Developed plans and elevations



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