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Cody A. Mortensen’s Portfolio

|Content - Intent - Future - Fashion - Research - Wall - Structure


2 3 - 10 11 - 18 19 - 26 27 - 32 33 - 34

- Student - Games - Studio - Knowledge - Thinking - Chaos

35 - 40 41 - 44 45 - 48 49 - 52 53 - 56 57 - 60

| Statement of Intent

I love designing and the creative process. At the same time I need to love it since I generally dislike the ordinary, and to break away from the ordinary a person has to be creative. To me being creative is making something new, which is what I plan to do in architecture. I have had teachers say no idea is truly new; it is borrowing from something that has already been done. True, but it should not just be taken and used, but stretched, pushed, and transformed

so it is new. Nothing is perfect, and the majority of buildings I see are not even close to being perfect. I wanna fix that, and create building that we can not live without, but do not want to live with out. I want to study and figure out how to put users personality into a building, and not give them an ordinary building. Start a new style or revalution in architecture. Make my mark in the history books, and a great one while I am at it.


| SCAD Studio IV (Future Canberra)

- Exterior Perspective

This project was part of an entry into the “CAPITheticAL� design competition. It consisted of us redesigning the capital of Australia (Canberra) for a hundred years from now. We collaborated with an urban design studio for feedback. Our class was broken into three groups. I worked with Catalina Docu, Marly Merriman, Lauren Segall, and Marina Vollono.

We spent most of our time in these groups trying to create a super structure that covers the city, generates solar power, creates a pleasant micro-climate, and integrates a new transportation system. We mapped out the main nodes in the city, their importance, and walking distance between them. We then focused on creating a transportation system.

| Major Nodes of the Site and the Walking Distance Between Them

| Some of my Ideas for the Super Structure

| Some of my Ideas for the Transportation System


We then expanded the transportation into two forms, a fast pod like light rail, which transforms into a small boat. We chose certain roads to turn into canals. We agreed on this idea since it would not only make the city more beautiful, but would bring in tourism, and elevate the social life of the city. We then broke into individual assignments where we focused on a specific node. I took the node where we planed on placing the main transportation hub. It would be the main station of the city, with docking yards, start the flow of the water for our boat transport, and be a major gathering place for people. I raised the actual transport station area to the fifth floor so the water could have a more

gradual flow over and around the surrounding building to the lake. To allow for this water flow the building also acts as a water tower which pumps the water using solar energy. The energy is gained from solar panels on the north facade, and on a structure covering the docking yards on the northern side of the site. Since there is so much celebration of water I decided to have an aquarium on the fourth floor within close proximity to the station on the fifth floor, and water tank which starts on the sixth floor. There is also a lookout on top of the water tank with a fountain. The first three floors are retail with lots of stores making it an even bigger gathering spot, and a place for a person to get anything they need while visiting the city.

| Important Building Ideas Proposed Transportation Hub

Future Buildings Water

Solar Panel Structure

Water Rails

Rails Platforms Parks and Green Space

Waiting Areas Existing Buildings

Docking Yard


- Densifying the area around my building and emphasizing the axis to the capital building. 5

- Rails coming into the building at a higher level, how they move to the docking area, platforms, and waiting areas.

Final Proposed Transportation Hub Rails

- Site Plan showing the different rails going through the Transportation Hub.

- Interior Perspective from the Station looking out to the Platform.


Water Tank Water Tank Floor Slabs Transit Station Solar Panels

Solar Panel Structure

Futuristic Beams

Water Pump

- Solar Panels are placed against the northern walls and extend out over the docking yard, and it powers a pump which stores water at the top of the building.

- Initial Designs included Futuristic Structural system.


The shape of the building pulls from the tensile super structure that was placed around the capital building. The entry way itself is a transparent tensile roof allowing natural light to penetrate into the building. The floor plates shift backwards as a reaction to the entrance form becoming a crescent shape at the tip. I wanted to add a piece of Australian history to the building, so I created a granite stone cut wall with patterns drawing from aboriginal art. These walls allow for a lot of indirect light into the building. I choose granite since it is an abundant material in the region.

Green Roof

Aboriginal Art Cut Out of Granite

- East Elevation 9

- Parti Diagram: forming the building to relate to the super structure around the capital building. (A tensile structure)

Water wall

Tensile Roof

- Interior Perspective looking up just inside the Entrance.

- Interior Perspective from the Aquarium looking out into the Entrance showing the transparency of the tensile structure.

Copper Finish Water Tower

Fire Proof Glass Stairs and Elevators

Aboriginal Art Cut Out of Granite

- West Elevation 10

Docking Yard Retail



- Second Floor Plan


- Third Floor Plan


- First Floor Plan

Water Tank

Platforms Green Roof Terrace

Station Aquarium

Retail Docking Yard Entrance

- Section 1 7



Water Tank



- Seventh Floor Plan

- Sixth Floor Plan

Green Roof Terrace

- Fourth Floor Plan

- Fifth Floor Plan 2

Water Tank


Platforms Aquarium


1 Docking Yard

- Section 2

- Roof Plan 8

| SCAD Studio III (Sarah’s Fashion Retail)

- Interior Perspective looking through the second floor of retail space

This studio was based on structure, and we pitched ourselves to a group of fashion designers. Sarah Florea was one of the designers to choose me, and because of our similar interests I decided to take her on as a client. My task was to design a retail store for her in the So Ho district of New York City. Before we could do that though we had to learn about their design style by designing a piece of furniture made out of cardboard that was also structurally sound. She liked color and had a color scheme consisting of teal, orange, and magenta with black which are some of my favorite colors, but later they

changed. She was working with layers of transparent, stretchy, and form fitting materials. She was also celebrating structure by showing some of her seems which normally would be hidden. I designed a chair which was form fitting and sleek. I built the chair through layering the cardboard for strength, and then removing parts to create holes for transparency. I followed the design on one of her dresses that had the transparent material on the outside so my chair would have a strong central core. I curved the back leg making it sturdier, and arched out the front leg since it did not need to support as much.

- Sarah Florea (Client/ fashion designer)

- Sarah Florea’s Final Fashion Line.

- Cardboard Chair (Study of Structure and Translating Design) 12

| Ideas for Structure

We then turned our focus to the structure of the building. We had to take an existing type of structure and redesign it based on the client and needs of the building. I used arches to create domes which held up a floor. I then modified it so the structure was made out of intersecting spheres which became smaller as they went up, cutting through multiple floors. Atop the spheres I placed a glass block floor which radiated out to the next sphere. Structural posts support the spheres as well as the main beams, and are rotated around a center point. The floor is designed with curved

floor joists which tie back the main beams which runs across the diameter of the bottom sphere that transfers the load into the posts. The floor joist create concentric circles visible below the glass block floors. The corners of the floors cantilever out with supporting joists tying back into the main beams. The joists morph to the exterior of the building, and interior cut outs for vertical circulation. The building celebrates structure. The skin masks it while giving subtle hints including the main post which slices through the skin at the main corner entrance.

Elevator Shafts

Glass Floors

Main Beams

Floor Joists

- Final Model showing the Structure of the first floor plate including floor joists. (Glass floors allows users to see the structure, and for light to penetrate through the building.) 13

| Final Model with Spherical Structure and Forming Curtain Wall.

Curtain Wall

Spherical Structure

Floor Plates

Main Posts 14

| Ideas for Program, Layout, and Circulation

Sarah’s Office Coffee Bar Service Entrance

Offices Retail

- First Floor

- West Elevation 15


- Second Floor

- North Elevation

- Third Floor

As we were working on structure, we also did research on retail stores, particularly fashion retail stores. After getting a good idea of what to expect in a fashion retail store we came up with a program and told our clients. We then brought our proposals to our clients and made alterations based on their feedback. The first two floors are dedicated to retail. The first floors contains dressing

rooms, waiting area, display areas, counter space, and a back loading dock. On the second floor are, VIP dressing rooms, more display areas, and counter space. The third floor is split between offices and a small coffee bar by an opening to the floor below. The fourth floor is a working space for designing and making outfits, with a smaller opening to the floor below in the center. It is also a place she

can meet with special clients. The fifth floor is split between a public roof top garden and the first level of her apartment. The sixth floor is the second level of her apartment and a private terrace. On the top of the apartment is her own private roof top garden. There are two fire stairs, bathrooms on every floor, two elevators, and a grand glass stairway circulating up through the building. 1

Public Garden

Design/Work Space


Private Terrace 2


- Fourth Floor

- Fifth Floor Fire Stairs

Personal Garden

Glass Stairs

- Section 1


- Sixth Floor

Light Private Terrace



Public Garden

Work Space

Work Space


Coffee Bar



Side Entrance

Fire Stairs

Corner Entrance

- Section 2

- Section 3 16



- Exterior Perspective walking towards the side entrance, and showing the color change 17

- The Skin going over the Structure

The skin hides the structure making a greater experience once the structure is visible. It is also an LED screen which can change color, and have images on it. It shades the building while creating indirect sun light. The hole size and patterns vary on the building to allow for views and they change to fit into the context of the surrounding building’s facades with their three layers. On the inside of the screen is a glass curtain wall following the same shape. The skin connects to the floor slabs with bracing between the layers at mid floor height. The form of the skin comes from the pedestrian traffic sinking inwards to draw people into the store with a little wave.

Connection to the Floor Plate

Glass Curtain Wall

LED Mesh Curtain Wall

Divider and Brace

- Exterior view of the street corner entrance

- Detail of the curtain wall showing its connection to the floor and a connection/brace mid way through a floor. 18

| SCAD Studio II (Tybee Island Research Center)

- Site Plan

We started this project by breaking into groups and researching a topic. My group studied light weight structures, including tensile, shell, inflatable, space frame, truss, and arched. I integrated tensile, and shell structures into my final design. We traveled to the site which is just on the other side of the bridge leading to Tybee Island in which we viewed and assessed it. Afterward we performed site analysis as a class. My group was in charge of circulation. The key ideas I got from this were that the best views are on the north side which works well with the sun. Vehicular traffic noise is to the south benefitting utilization of the north side. There are places being developed on the east side of the site and a small beach and patch of woods on the west played a big roll in my placement of spaces. The building had to be raised off the ground, or completely water proof due to hurricane and flooding. Because of the high volume of tourist the building could become an icon. We were given a program for a marine research center. After a few iterations I placed the housing with private entrance for the scientists along with common areas on the east side of the site next to the housing development. On the west side I have the public spaces including the main entrance, library, aquarium, and aquatic garden. The center portion has the semi private spaces including the dining space, kitchen, offices, bathrooms, and a loading dock entrance towards the south, along with laboratories, sea water pool, and scuba diving dock towards the north.

- Precedence study of Shell Structure, Palau De Las Artes, Spain, by Santiago Calatrava

- Precedence study of Tensile Structure, German Pavilion, Montreal, Frei Otto

- Site Analysis

- Ides for Program, Layout, and Circulation 20

| Ideas for the Building Form

I wanted to make the building an icon without making a huge structure, and I decided to do it through the form of the building. Since the building is right against the ocean and had to be built up I decided to make the circulation of the building resemble a board walk. For the public spaces I made the Auditorium resemble the bone structure of a wale and the library a sea shell constructed as a shell structure. Being a tourist spot and a marine research center I felt the nautical elements were a good fit. The program for the scientist living area felt like a resort and I developed the forms of those spaces once I clustered them together and arranged them by

- Concept Model 23

taking the sun and views into account. I kept the spaces fluid. The laboratories in the center of the site is more about business, so I made it a glass box to contrast with the other spaces, but at the same time disappear. This allows for them to view and enjoy the ocean, while allowing the public to see what they are doing. It is covered by a tensile structure for protection from the sun. The tensile structure covers other parts of the building as well including most of the circulation. It keeps the space open and connected to the environment, while protecting against the negative elements. The private scientist area is on a lower level separating it from the semi-private spaces. The labora-

tory is mostly on the lower level, but a part is raised up and visibly connects to the public spaces, so the scientist have better access to the library, and garden, and so the public has a better view of what the scientist are doing. The aquatic garden in the public space slopes down to a lower level so they can then view the salt water pool which is on the ground plane and connects to the ocean. The path goes down to start connecting pedestrians back down to the ground level, so they can go back to their car, walk over to the small beach, or go through a nature trail. The structure is all post and lintel other than the tensile structure and the two shell spaces.

- Structural Model

- Final Model

- Interior Perspective: Laboratory looking out to the Ocean.

- Perspective: Looking towards a Corridor.

- Interior Perspective: outside the Gym looking at the Bar. 24

Scuba Diving Dock

Laboratories Fresh Water Pool


Pedestrian Paths to the Beach and Woods

Salt Water Pool Aquatic Garden

Housing Development 3



Living Quarters






13 16




10 9 14 2'




Game Room






Living Room TV/Internet Room


- First Floor Plan

- North Elevation 21

Laboratories Terrace

Aquatic Garden





44 34

Living Quarters





2' 8 23 /32"




37 38




Dinning Space


- Second Floor Plan

Public Space

Semi-Private Space

Private Space

- Section 22

- Exterior rendering from the public side 25

- Exterior rendering from the private side 26

| SCAD Studio I (The Wall Museum)

- A rial Perspective

This project was about taking something that is important to us and creating a museum around it. We started by abstracting that object. I ended up choosing pieces of freezer paper which was and still is hung on a wall in my place, that people can sign and draw on when they come over. It continuously grows with the addition of more freezer paper. The reason the wall is important to me is that it signifies friendship and having fun with others. My building’s idea became all about friendship and tying people together with art. We were given a basic program that we then modified consisting of three gallery spaces which changed into four zones connected by a gallery. They consisted of an art studio, a restaurant, a gaming arena, and a bar, and everything is connected by special corridors that lead back to the gallery. The corridors are special, because people get to write, draw, and design all over them. On the other end of the corridors are towers leading back down to street level including fire stairs. Below the gallery is a reflective sphere. We each chose our site and I picked New York City right in front of Grand Central Station above the street. The towers would be built against the surrounding buildings, and cables going from those buildings to the gallery, and they would be reinforced to carry the new loads. I chose Grand Central Station since it is one of the busiest places on earth. The building would be a place for people to relax briefly. Hopefully create opportunities for people to interact and meet one another.

- Abstractions of the inter at ions with the wall.

| The Wall (Friends Drawings and Signatures)

- Creating space with the wall. 28

| Trying to figure out Spaces and Circulation

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

- Site Model


- Site Plan

Fire Stairs

Fire Stairs Restaurant Restaurant

Individual Studios

Outside Seating

Video Games

Outdoor Gathering Spaces


Art Corridors

Group Studios


Group Studios

Bar Games

Dance Floor


- Finalized Form Floor Plan

Art Corridors

Outdoor Gathering Spaces

Board Games

Dance Floor

Video Games




Outside Seating

Individual Studios

Board Games

Bar Games Bar


- Final Floor Plan

Bathrooms 2 Group Studio

Gallery Art Corridor




Studio Outdoor Gathering Space

Reflection Sphere

Reflection Sphere

Fire Stair Towers

- Section 1

- Section 2 30

- Interior Perspective of an Art Corridor

- South Elevation 31

- Interior Perspective of the Gaming Arena

- Experiential Perspective of the Outside Seating

- Interior Perspective of the Individual Studios

- East Elevation 32

| HACC Studio IV (Space in a Suitcase)

- Class picture with the Finished Kiosk

| My Spacial Designs

This was a short class project in which we designed a structure that could be carried in a suitcase assembled and dissembled in an hour. We decided to build a Kiosk that could display sustainable materials. It was all about creating universal pieces that could be compact and then pieced together. We all came in with different pieces and designs we chose and combined the best ones We chose Zachary Aument’s pieces which were similar to mine, but his did not have corner pieces. We modified a layout I made in Sketch

up to his pieces. Later we added support pieces, and when we we’re building found another place to use them to help support the wall to ceiling connections. We also altered some support pieces so we could modify leg lengths in order for it to stand on uneven ground. We also used carpet tubes as columns for extra support along with a smaller support piece to adjust its height of the cardboard tube. The chipboard represents a place where a materials could be displayed.

- Close ups on the connections which strengthen our design 34

| HACC Studio IV (Student Housing)

- Transparent Aerial Perspective

This was a big project where we designed a building for student housing. Our site took up three quarters of a block in Harrisburg close to the Harrisburg Area Community College’s Mid-town campus. The school has a development plan that consists of a pathway which leads towards our site. Our building could be thought of as an extension onto their plan. We had to create a place that could house at minimum 500 people. The people did not have to be all students, but could also be housing for local residence. We also needed to incorporate parking into our design. We did site analysis as a class in which I focused on transportation; the hierarchy of the road. I looked at the site and found important places. Starting off, the site is on the corner of two heavily trafficked roads. Making that corner special. There are also two roads that run through our site, with one leading towards the campus. This also divided our site into three sections. Thinking of the project as an expansion to the campus I turned those roads into grand pedestrian pathways. The pathways created entrances and distinguished towers mark their locations. A third pathway is created from the corner of the site to the intersection of the grad pathways creating another entrance marked by the main tower. After many iterations including “batman wings” and “a pot of gold” then I realized it would be a great location for a wind turbine, after viewing proposals for buildings in Dubai.

| Site Plan

- My Ideas of Pedestrian traffic effecting the Form of the building, and my Studies of Creating a Double Curtain wall. 36

| Exterior Perspective of the south and east sides

The Towers

With the three sections of the building I decided to create courtyards with their own purposes on the first floor as shared area for the building. They are a pool with locker rooms, and a gym, a market, and a garden pathway with computer labs and leisure spaces. The parking was placed under ground as a base-

Example End Balcony

- North side Elevation 37

ment layer to the building. A major problem with underground parking is natural light. To help alleviate this problem around the entire first floor including the courtyards are extended windows allowing sun light to penetrate into parking area. There is also a glass statue at the cross of the grand pathways which am-

plifies and reflects light into the parking lot as well. The floors alternate to create balconies for one another on the outside and in the courtyards. Around the central light sculpture is a large open space. Around that space the floors step back creating an amphitheater where people can watch performances

| Exterior Perspective looking up from the Stadium like Space

| Exterior Perspective of the Stadium like Space

Wind Turbine Green Roofs

Glass Sculpture

and concerts from their own balconies. Every person is different, so each room in the building is unique there are some similar places, but they were each designed individually, taking into account needed space for a dorm room with kitchens and bathrooms. Space did vary for the amount of bed rooms in each unit

from one to four. On each floor there is a large space that could be used by a family, as a master suite, or a communal living space. The roof is a green roof where people can hang out and enjoy the views of the city together, or even do some gardening. To help with heating, cooling, and ventilation I used a double cur-

tain wall. From research I noticed that double curtain walls normally go strait up vertically. This would be impossible in this building, so I integrated the floors as well as the walls to facilitate ventilation, and increase building performance. The floors hold the other systems used throughout the building as well.

Underground Parking

- South side Elevation 38

Entrance Lounge Exit



Garden Walkway Computer Rooms

Glass Going to the Parking



Outdoor Gathering Space Retail



Locker Rooms

- Underground Parking Plan


- First Floor Plan

- Second Floor Plan

Double Curtain Wall 3 Beds 1 Bed 3 Beds

2 Bed

4 Beds Elevators Fire Stairs


Glass Going to the Parking Pool

- Sample room layout. The green rooms are three bedrooms, blue are four bedrooms, pink are one, and orange are two. Spaces either have access to a balcony or they have a glazed wall if not both. Places on the ends with the Fire stairs and elevators have cut out windows and a little balcony. There are five fire stairs and nine elevators in the building. 39


Balconies Rooms Balconies





- Third Floor Plan


- Fourth Floor Plan

- Fifth Floor Plan

Wind Turbine



Corridor Pool Courtyard

Suites Atrium

Retail Parking

- Section of the Southern Courtyard 40

| HACC Studio III (Work Live Game)

- Exterior Perspective of the Entrance and the Arches

Working and Living in the same building is the essence of these gamer’s home. I was given another site in Harrisburg which I got to visit. It is on two different levels with a retaining wall in the center, a stair going up on the left side and zero setback on the right. It is a street front site and there is green space behind the site. I had to create two clients and a program for the house/work space. My clients are two young middle aged game designers who are best friends. They run a store where they sell all kinds of games from new releases to classics. They also need an office/studio space where they come up with game ideas, characters, levels and keep track of their business. They do not mind shar-

ing living space, but would like to have some private area other then their bedrooms. The retaining wall is higher than one standard floor, but not as high as two, so I used this to create a separation in the building with the back being more private and the front more public. The upper floors are more private. On the first floor is the store which has a wall that angles inwards; drawing people into the store. Inside the ceiling height is higher. There is a bathroom under the outside stairs and the sales counter is under the stairs on the left side of the building. Up those stairs is their office space with an overlook to the store, and windows looking out to the street.



- Site Map

- View of the Site

- Ideas from the site 42



- First Floor Plan




A Office

Entry Way



- Second Floor Plan

On the second floor there are stairs leading to a landing on the third floor at the back portion of the site. There is also an entrance to another landing on the third floor at the top of the outside stairs that run along the

Surrounding Buildings

side of the building. Between these landings is a courtyard in the center of the back building, and a tree in the center of the courtyard. On either side is a private room for each client to customize or just use as storage. Off both

landings are stairs leading to the fourth floor in the front portion of the building, which is where the living room, kitchen, shared bathroom, laundry area, and a small gathering space for social events.


Surrounding Buildings

Follow Walkway



- South Elevation 43

- West Elevation

Private Space



Private Space

Kitchen/ Dinning Entertaining Space Living Room Laundry





Balcony A

A Bedroom



- Third and Fourth Floor Plan There are two sets of stairs leading to each person’s bedroom on the fifth floor at the back portion of the building. They have a shared balcony in the back of the courtyard off of their bed rooms. Both of the bedrooms

- Fifth Floor Plan have semi open bathrooms. The windows are placed for privacy and mimic their surroundings. The biggest element of this design are the metal arches going across the front side walk and side stairs which create a feeling of



being inside the store before actually entering. They double as signs being able to have a logo cut through them, and they triple as shelves on the inside since they penetrate trough to the communal living space.


B Open Bathroom

Penetration Courtyard Arched Recessed Entrance

- Section A

Double Height

Arched Space

- Section B


- Section C 44

| HACC Studio III (The Gerber Building)

- South view of the Final Model

For this project, the Gerber building, I took an existing building and renovated it to be used as a working studio. I was not allowed to touch the exterior walls except the back wall where an addition was to be added. We also could not get rid of the existing stair, and actually had to add a fire stair and an elevator for accessibility. We also could not add additional floors. There was a specific program given which had to fit into the building which included double height spaces.

Glass Cylindrical Elevator


- Northwest view of my Final Model in which the Floors are Removable.

- Figuring out the spacial Layout based on spacial requirements, there use, size, and density. 46

I started by breaking down the spaces by size, use, and privacy. I decided to put the more public spaces towards the bottom and back of the building and more private space on top and towards the front. I chose to make the back more public since the vertical circulation was being placed in that area, and I created a focal point with a glass cylindrical elevator in the back center as an icon for Harrisburg, while giving majestic views of the city. It has angled glass walls coming off it to create more outdoor spaces. The first floor consisted of a reception desk at the front with a wall in the center going back behind it. On the right is gallery which is a double height spaces. On the left is an open closet space for coats and

umbrellas with a library adjacent to the existing stairs. Past the library the wall ends and there are ADA bathrooms on the left and the entrance to the fire stairs on the right and outdoor space on either side of the elevator. On the second floor you enter the studio space which can cover the entire floor. A retractable wall towards the front of the building can be drawn creating a separation for classes. On the third floor are the offices with a meeting room, a kitchenette, file storage, copy and fax area, a waiting room, and a terrace. The waiting room and terrace are in the back, and the copy and fax area is at the top of the existing stairs for easy access to the students and people using the studio.

- First Floor Plan

Coat Room

Existing Stairs

ADA Bathrooms

Library Glass Cylindrical Elevator

Entrance Receptionist Gallery

Outdoor Space Fire Stairs

- First Floor of the Model Elevator


Terrace steps Down

Fire Stairs ADA Bathrooms

- South Elevation 47

- East Elevation

- Second Floor Plan

- Third Floor Plan Existing Stairs

Existing Stairs Studio

Removable Wall Class Room

Meeting Room Glass Cylindrical Elevator

Open to Gallery Elevator

Visiting Instructors

Visiting Instructors

Waiting/ Secretary Seating

Glass Cylindrical Elevator

Directors Office Fire Stairs

Directors Office




Copy /Fax

Studio Double Height

Double Height Space

- Section B


- Third Floor of the Model

Class Room



Kitchenette Janitors Closet Files and Storage

Fire Stairs

- Second Floor of the Model


Outdoor Space


Fire Stairs


- Section D 48

| HACC Studio II (Rempassion)

- Final Site Model

Rempassion was the most interesting project I have done. Set on an island in its own little perfect world where a wizard dug up nine cubes on a beach. When he circled them he gained a lot of knowledge and lightning struck the cliff beside the beach creating a zigzagged path to the beach. The wizard named the cubes Holy Haluhedrans and explained to the people that when they circumambulate the cubes give that person a certain kind of understanding, but to only circle one at a time since he barely survived. The cubes remained on the beach uncovered until one turned to dust and it was decided that they could not be placed in direct sun light, so they were moved to the castle. An evil wizard stole one of the haluhedrans. He was captured and killed. That haluhedran no longer worked and the evil wizard was the last person to ever die. The king hired me to design a place for the

haluhedrans close to where they were originally discovered, so the public had easier access. There is also a yearly festival celebrating the discovery of the haluhedrans. After many iterations of figuring out placement of the haluhedrans on the site I went with placing them along a partial oval wall that goes from the top of the cliff to the beach with the original discovery site in the center. I emphasized the axis which the entrance and exit of the zigzagged path along with the center of the original spot of discovery creates; by framing a view at the top of the cliff resembling the nodes I created for the haluhedrans. I placed the broken haluhedran at the end of a path that goes into the water with clear walls around it. My favorite haluhedran is the white one representing love and beauty which I placed in a special cylindrical node beside the framed view at the top of the

cliff and beside the exit of zigzagged path I placed the dust of the haluhedran that disintegrated in the sun light. Those two plus the Conflict Haluhedran sits by the original path to the beach which is very tuff and treacherous. They are on one side of the axis while the other five are placed along the wall on the opposite side. All the haluhedrans face inwards onto the original site of discovery. The nodes are created by vertical triangular shards which cut openings in the wall, create support, and point inwards. While horizontal rectangles cut into the triangles creating shading, compression, openings, walk ways, and a place for circumambulating. This is reinforced by a small half circle wall which morphs the floor plain and helps protect the haluhedran from low sun light.

- Process work figuring out Circulation between Nodes and the Nodes themselves 50

Structure Holding Roofs Love (White) Haluhedran

Sun Protection Haluhedran

Floor Structure Holding Floor

Time Haluhedran Nature Haluhedran

Broken Haluhedran

Perforated Metal Stairs

Conflict Haluhedran

Compression and Creates Cut out of the Structure

Patterns Haluhedran Health Haluhedran

Perforated Metal Stairs

The Wall Holds the Structures

Knowledge Haluhedran

- Final Model look towards the White Haluhedran Node

- Roof Plan of a Node 51

Cut Outs of the Wall

- Node Model

- Side Elevation of a Node

- Front Elevation of a Node

| Final Model looking towards the Black Haluhedran Node

Black Haluhedran

Health Haluhedran

White Haluhedran

Knowledge Haluhedran Patterns Haluhedran

Nature Haluhedran Time Haluhedran

Conflict Haluhedran



| HACC Studio II (Candy Land)

- Final Site Model

We were given a hill side with a field in the center and trees on either side as well as a stream running along the bottom. Our task was to create a space for contemplation and a path leading to it. I chose a spot on top of the hill in a corner of the woods. My idea was to go up and enjoy the view from the space after traveling around the site. Starting by walking along the river, then going up the hill through the woods allowing glimpses of the building. Then, continue walking along the other side of the hill which partially hides the space, until coming upon a wall. You walk upwards along the wall getting to a platform that opens up to the view and for group contemplation, or downwards into the woods for individual contemplation.

Self Contemplation

Group Contemplation


- Introductory exercises exploring nature and its connections

- Hand Drawn Site Plan 54

Self Contemplation

Inner Focus

Compressions and Expansions

Group Contemplation

Group Contemplation

Pathway Leading to the Spaces

Outer Focus

- Floor Plan

- Southeast view of the Final Model



Up Self Contemplation

- Elevation 55

Group Contemplation

Self Contemplation

- Northwestern view of the Final Model

Expansion Compression

More Compression

Group Contemplation Self Contemplation

- Section 56

| HACC Studio I (The Beast)

- View of the Final Model

We started by creating a piece of art from another work, and our first task was to take a song and create a painting. Our next group of tasks were group projects in which we created a static space, a dynamic space, and a transitional space. The final project for this class was base on a movement from Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Expedition. The movement I chose gave me the feeling of being chased through a dark cavernous rocky tunnel with a little pause towards the end before starting back up again. I took this idea of being chased and created a spiral decent downward through chaos around a quarter cylindrical space which is calm. The farther one moves from it the harder the path of travel is. One gets close to the calm space, but it can not be inhabited. The end is at the beginning so it can be traveled continuously.

- Introductory Exercises discovering static, dynamic, and transitional spaces

- Introductory piece: Music Painting inspired from “Lonely Day� by System of A Down. 58

- Idea for Circulation

- Front view of the Final Model 59

- Top view of the Final Model

- Right view of the Final Model

- Back view of the Final Model

- Left view of the Final Model 60

new portfolio  

my second attempt

new portfolio  

my second attempt