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christopher thomas ross m.arch candidate


CULINARY SCHOOL

2010 six weeks seattle, wa.

program: soup kitchen - classrooms - lecture halls

- restaurant - store

models: explore the use and interaction of

two strong party walls combined with programmatic elements

study: investigates the surrounding area’s party-walls

in hopes of inferring design solutions and a potential reinterpretation


illustrations: representations of rhythm and space of the surrounding area

sketch:

quick study of transparency and facade rhythm in perspective horizontal-opens. verticalcloses.

sketch: floor plan, section and elevation sketches

and

notes

regarding

party

walls


longitudinal secton: a clear circulation element stands out and has strong experiential potential

site model:

void space is clearly visible here and demonstrates the importance of a transparent facade to engage and entice


interior: the stone of

the party wall grounds each space and here at the entry the circulation spills out

floor plan: the party wall is used as circulation and

a mixing element that unites public functions and school functions


south elevation: purposes a clear and enticing

dialogue of solid/void and shows strong horizontal elements combined with the soft corrugrated polycarbonate

wall section:

shows in detail the continuity and simplicity of the un-interrupted facade and hints at the closeness of street and interior


final model: mass and transparency have a clear

purposeful dialogue that welcomes pedestrians to ponder the spaces beyond


W A T E R S H E D STUDIO ARCHITECTURE 2008 Daniel Johnson (principal)

involvement: schematic design through permitting,

3dmodel, physical models, drawings


HAITI DEBRIS COMPETITION

2010 two days

co-designer jeana antle

statement:

The purpose was to reuse existing debris and turn it into significant and needed public works of architecture.

direction: Our proposal works with material scale

and type to create market stands, benches and bus stops to regain culture and a sense of place from the rubble.


MOBILE KITCHEN 2010 three weeks anywhere elevations(closed/open): through the dissec-

tion and application of acai berries “structure� a urban stage is created for the enjoyment of food

image: foam

material study 3-d expanded polyurethane


plan:

the food stage at play, object becomes architecture and place

model:

at night and during the day the unique structure and materiality of the stand becomes a beacon brimming with potential

section: main sphere closed for transport with inter-

nal

shelving

and

food

storage

visiblr


A

B

C


D

E

F

G


B:

charcoal

G:

2004

the figure is carved out of the values applied to the page hence the viewer doesn’t focus on detail but instead on proportion, shadows and the “softness� of the scene

ARTWORK DESCRIPTIONS

charcoal

and

ink

wash

D: site sketch watercolor copenhagen, denmark 2005

F:

2005

again here the still life is generated through the removal of tones then an ink wash was used to bring out the subtilty of the bone

A:

charcoal

2004

here the rendering of the object is paramount and the viewer focuses more on the visual tactility of each object versus scale and proportion

2005

this simple chair is rendered in bright colors to make something otherwise benal playful and eyecatching

using only two colors the starkness and subtle light of the church tower is brought forth

C:

watercolor

site

pen

sketch

quechee,

vermont

2010

here i focused on creating a strong sense of depth by framing with the tree and exagerating the light and dark values in the view

E:

site sketch watercolor park city, utah 2009

the white space of the page combined with the dark colors help the building emerge out of little detail


WOOD CHAIR

2004

images: The chair grew from my recollection of the

maple grove near my home. the vertical elements slice space and also hold the “ground� on which you sit.


program: compose a space around two paintings, a video installation and a sculpture

ART GALLERY INFILL copenhagen, dk

2005 three weeks

about:

The entire building is a direct and simple statement about site and light conditions; the statue defines the entry level, next the video is concealed in a black box, the landscape painting opens to the lake view and finally the women before a mirror opens to the private courtyard.


about: dissection and excavation of

a cube gave negative space that could be oriented any direction

BOX CUBED

2004 three weeks anywhere

the whole compilation then becomes scalable to be a cityscape or a contemplative space with infinite geometric possibilities

final model: oak with joints that allow the box to be

folded to a cube or unfolded to adapt to context


ICON TOWER

2010

three weeks

stuttgart, germany

about:

The proposed tower engages, fragments and blurs the landscape, skyline and streetscape of stuttgart through its facade structuring and elevated courtyards.


URBAN ART CENTER

2010

six weeks

salt lake, ut

program: workshop-gallery-mess hall-coffee shopresidences

study: concrete cube dissected as a means to inspire investigation of the internal embedded objects

sketches:

explore the dissolving of mass through using a true 3-d grid where volumes hover and define space

site plan: a new scale is introduced and the alleyways and

streets

bleed

through

the

buildings


site section: intersecting lines collide to create the

various programmed spaces

second level plan: light structural frames and solid

walls

lightly

suggest

various

spaces


elevation: glass and wood are “light� elements that

juxtapose strongly with the surrounding brick, stone and concrete masses

street view: careful site lines and elevation compositions allow a strong degree of transparency and allow pedestrians to view the internal workings of the buildings


ZEN CENTER 2009 six weeks torrey, ut

site image: in plan view and experientially a strong edge (the creek) cuts the site

models: rip and tear models exploring a linear and a grid

typology

derived

after

visiting

the

site

grid: applied to the site to gain a sense of rhythm and possible transition of space and time across the landscape


entry pavilion

river meditation interview rooms kitchen

image:

in the zendo space screening elements control western sun and hide the courtyard while uninterrupted glass pulls the landscape inward

floorplan: wall (stereotomic) elements and skeletal

zendo dining hall library/ lounge

dorms

elements combine to cascade across the site closing and opening at opportune moments

private meditation


images: depict two of

the many instances in the composition where geometry engages the landscape and connects the occupant to place

west elevation: closed mostly to protect from

strong westerly breezes small openings allow for moments of beauty and connection



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