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Clayton Madrid Portfolio // 03.01.14


Vacation Rentals In California’s Coastal Management Zone

Programming, Schematics, Design Development, and Construction Documents The “sandLot” was the name given to this project, a vacant lot bordering protected sand dunes. With a site constrained by federal, state and local regulations, the sandLot remained undeveloped from its designation as Lots 23 and 24 by San Luis Obispo County until 2013. The project contains 3 units of varying size and layout to accommodate tourists, local recreation, and extended stay. Due to the site’s location within the California Coastal Zone, the California Coastal Commission acted as lead agency for permit oversight. The sandLot is directly adjacent to two highly protected landscapes: Pismo State Beach to the north and Oceano Dunes Park to the south. To respect the bordering state park and its ESHA-protected native plants, large setbacks were incorporated to lighten the architectural footprint and maximize permeable surfaces, allowing native plant life to bleed through the site. By working closely with Coastal Commission and local authorities, the project was successfully moved through all permitting phases in record time. Understanding the severe strain that structures impose on the local landscape and global resources, the owner requested a design that exceeded LEED certification standards. The project is currently in consideration as a LEED Gold project. The projected completion date for the sandLot is September 1st, 2014. (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, AutoCAD, VRay)

soapHouse Retroactive Permitting Construction Documents for Existing NonPermitted Structure. An artisan soap business in San Diego’s North Park was operating out of an unpermitted structure. Construction drawings were needed to ensure the structure was in compliance with current code and to retroactively obtain building permits. Collaboration with the engineer was streamlined using Revit. The building passed inspection and received all necessary permits. (Revit)

eastVillageCreative Augmented Influx EVC is a multipurpose structure which supports San Diego’s East Village district and the surrounding creative communities. East Village harbors a large creative class and multiple institutions of higher education specializing in creative fields. The EVC looks to promote and sustain growth within the area and allow its users to exploit their creative intent. The program for the new augmenting structure consists of student housing, live/work housing, public studios, and an undulating greenscape that provides outdoor space and facilitates parking below. The program in the northern portion of the structure establishes a covered public promenade and supports retail spaces for local merchants. (Rhino, Grasshopper, VRay, SketchUp)

marfaTower Drive-Up Movie Tower The project directive was to develop a drive-in movie theatre informed by MOS’ current proposal. An extended stay in Marfa, Texas lent an understanding of its dynamic culture and vast landscapes. Marfa’s current state of being is a juxtaposition of generational families and a fluctuating population of art scene outsiders. During festivals, it is not uncommon for the town’s population to double. in stark contrast to the surrounding flat landscape, a tower was developed to absorb the influx of traveling persons with a reduced footprint. The spherical volumes are a continuing study of non-orthogonal spaces’ affect on human interaction and habitual tendencies. The dilapidated state of the surrounding sports arenas and solar orientation provided guidance in the generation of the tower fenestrations. The architecture rehabilitates the surrounding sports field and rodeo ring by extending outward with accommodating screens and supportive structures. The base of the tower serves as a parking structure for travelers and film spectators. A screen placed on a shallow incline in the distant field redirects the viewer’s gaze to the horizon. (Rhino, Grasshopper, 3DMax, VRay)

adaptiveComputationalEcologies New Software Program for User-Generated Space

This thesis questions the role of designers in an increasingly user-driven environment. The typical residential unit has evolved into a dynamic system of spatial consideration capable of meeting the demands of mass-customization, complexity, adaptation, and heterogeneity. The mass-customization of habitable spaces which are directly influenced by user input will require a platform in which the general public can intuitively generate personalized space. A system was developed to generate habitable space through the interaction of programmed agents, physical site, and client-users. This software “applet� employs active manipulation of design parameters and constraints to yield customized results informed by user needs and wants. This system for the creation of space via digital interface (applet) is based on computational agency. Simple rules were tested, adapted and altered or dismissed through the initial processes of system exploration. The use of autonomous programmed agents designed to make decisions at local levels resulted in formations of space derived from complexity, adaptation, and heterogeneity. (Processing, Maxwell, VRay, Rhino, SketchUp, ZBrush, Grasshopper, ArcGIS, EcoTech)

thesisPresentationKiosk Interactive Public Display A kiosk was developed to house print work and monitors and to create a platform for interaction. The kiosk cabinet was machine extracted from foam using a 3-Axis CNC router. Digital forms were developed by creating an applet that “eroded� a surface based on user input, allowing each user to create a unique surface while maintaining a relationship with the original design intent. The applet allows for multiple iterations to be produced very efficiently. (ZBrush, Rhino, RhinoCam, Grasshopper, Processing; CNC-Routed Foam, Welded Steel, Plywood, Custom Paint Job; ZCorp Stereo Lithography 3D Printing)

hapaYoga Custom Fabrication Integrating Modular Cabinet System Design/build/install of an extension to an existing locker system was requested to create a hallway and provide privacy for a locker room. Finish work related to the cabinet hardware and door re-facing was also completed. The design seamlessly integrates with IKEA’s modular system to maximize value. The concept was to “float” the locker extension above the floor in order to match the elevation of existing cabinetry. Aligning the single leg support with a natural seam in the assemblage and controlling light and shadow allows the locker extension to secure itself and partition space in a non-obtrusive way. (Rhino, AutoCAD; Particle Board, Welded steel, Waterproofing)

jagHouse Animal-In-Formed Residence The project objective was to develop a residential design integrating client needs with animal characteristics. A small residential lot and a list of client traits and requests were provided. There was an unlimited budget and sustainable practices were required. The process began with close study of a chosen animal, here, a jaguar, or “Melanistic Leopard.” Systems that could translate into habitable space--the bone structure, vital organs and environmental habits--were identified. Expressive forms were captured through sketches, diagrams, and models. Connections between the habits of the client and the animal manifested as staggered floor plates, which represent the need for separated program while maintaining visual connections to the other spaces. The bedrooms at the south end of the house designate private spaces which transition first to the semiprivate kitchen, then to the public/private work shop and observation level. The structure is derived from the animal’s leg bones, rib cage and spine. The “ribs” were conceived as trusses to suspend the floorplates. The placement of the main structural members accentuate the hovering space while maintaining a solid connection to the earth. (Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, AutoCAD, VRay)


Organic Form Fabrication Originally developed for a charity auction, the servingTray has been developed as a marketable piece. The design is auto-inspired, coupling the sinuous curves of molded sheet metal with the alternating speeds of landscapes as viewed from moving vehicles. Initial studies were developed digitally to efficiently make micro changes to surface geometries and final product weight distribution while also allowing for photorealistic renderings. Multiple foam study models and final iterations were machined on a 3-Axis CNC router. Close attention was taken when developing the tool path so that the scallop and machining process was well-integrated into the tray’s final profile. Multiple species of hardwoods were used in varying combinations to achieve a strong visual juxtaposition between straight grain and contoured form. (Rhino + TSplines; Various Hardwood Blanks; CNC Router)


Experiential Exploration With Byproducts From CNC Routing Process These lamp shades stem from a desire to repurpose waste material generated by CNC routing’s extractive process. Material types range from hardwood to plastic, each providing unique coloring, surface textures, and lighting effects. Forms were developed intuitively with use of temporary inflatable formwork(s) sheathed in nylon, a porous medium that allows retention of waste material embedded in or layered over wet resin. (Latex, Nylon, Various Hardwood/Acrylic Shavings)


Clayton Madrid holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.Arch from NewSchool of Architecture + Design. He currently works as an architectural designer, product fabricator, and college professor. Clayton’s interest in design moves between scales of product design and architecture. He has developed a number of products ranging from vessels to furniture, relying on methods of digital fabrication to generate nonconventional forms with a high degree of geometric complexity. He also engages architecture at the residential scale which aims to progress current building practices by generating complex spatial arrangements that have the capacity to influence existing and future societal conditions.