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CRISTINA CASTAÑÓN

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO


A collection of designs and ideas ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO CRISTINA CASTAÑÓN

TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Along the Edge Jeffrey Nesbit/ Glenn Hill Studio 2. Emergent Design Kuhn Park Studio 3. A Building Which Exhibits Itself Bennet Neiman Studio 4.[ EaDo] International Promenade Anton Sinkewich Studio


[Along the Edge]


an education center along the ancient river Guadalquivir in Seville, the heart of Andalucia, Spain. with Nicole Ebrahimian Jeffrey Nesbit/ Javier Gomez/ MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald Studio


Along the Edge is a project that deals with designing a New Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain. The Site is a “Paseo� that runs parallel with the Guadalquivir river and perpendicular to the Bridge of Triana. Through a deep critical analysis of the site, we concluded that this space is highly versatile and flows well with the Urban Fabric of the city, The site, although it is used by bikers, runners, families, and young people throughout the day ,does have a space we referred to as the Dead Space; an old car ramp that was no longer accessible. We sought to bring life to this part of the site by making this the main space for the building, in order to not only make it useful again but also to preserve the site in its existing condition. By reviving a space that had been dormant, we were able to incorporate many of the sites characteristics into the design of the new TTU Center such as the use of ramps, responding to the forces of the foot path and sculpture, and by making a main entrance accessible again. All of this done while creating a building that had little impact on the site itself. It is a building that has a presence but yet still does not disrupt what is already there, preserving a peice of Seville for generations to come, while also bringing new life to it.

Concept Diagram

Programming_Translations

Classrooms

Support Spaces

Administration

Spanish Classrooms

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1_ Admin Offices 2_ Faculty Offices 3_ Computer/ Media Room 4_ Classrooms 5_ M ulti-purpose Room 6_ Restrooms 7_ Faculty restroom 8_ Student Lounge


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1_ Admin Offices 2_ Faculty Offices 3_ Restrooms 4_ Spanish Classrooms


EMERGENT DESIGN an artist’s space Kuhn Park Studio


The Bracket Fungus-Characteristically the bracket fungus is a parasite that produces shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting bodies called conks that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. The design challenge was to create live-in artist museum space, through generative pattern studies and biological inspiration. Dancing a fine line between merely mimicking nature or extracting a sacred code, derived from its biological existence; meant to create something entirely new but yet related. The site was a corner lot in a thriving commercial area in downtown Denver, Colorado.


Generative Pattern Study: 2D interpretation/ 3D conceptualization

Organized space vs. interrupted space, all independent of outside forces. As the floor and wall system stay within the boundaries of 12.5 by 5 by 5, the invading element does not, breaking the rules yet again reaching in all different directions. Linear vs. intrusive space, an apparatus created as an emergence from 2 sets of rules that directly correlate with the concepts and ideas of how the Bracket Fungus reproduces, lives and survives. Creating a museum made up of poles and planes, dynamic level changes and grand atriums. A place for an artist to live , and a place for the artist to display his/her talent. Being inspired while inspiring.


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South West Elevation

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1. Artist’s personal living space 2. Artist’s personal kitchen area 3. Artist’s personal bathroom 4. Outdoor roof cafe 5. Elevator 6. Artist’s personal studio space 7. Offices 8. Public Restrooms (womans/ men) 9. Museum Shop


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1. Artist’s personal living space 2. Artist’s personal kitchen area 3. Artist’s personal bathroom 4. Outdoor roof cafe 5. Elevator 6. Artist’s personal studio space 7. Offices 8. Public Restrooms (womans/ men) 9. Museum Shop


ASSEMBLAGES : preliminary spatial studies (5 pieces of scrap wood)


A BUILDING WHICH EXHIBITS ITSELF a five space exhibition Bennet Neiman Studio


CHOSEN CLUSTER MODEL

5 SPACE MODEL ANALYSIS


BUILDING FORMATION PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

16 iterations of our definition of what an architectural assemblage is, lead to the discovery of a cluster made of said assemblages. These Cluster Models would allow for some very interesting spatial compositions, a 5 space composition to be more exact. As the chosen cluster model could be interpreted in many different schemes, a deep analysis of sequence was undertaken, in search of optimizing a path between the spaces with in the cluster and also with the goal of creating a dynamism which allowed the “exhibiting� of the model and its components. This process in turn would concretize a language which would go on to be preserved as the 5 space model turned into the Super Model. This Super Model would be the true foundation for what would become a final 5 interior space building which exhibits not only its structure but also its sequence.


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The final project is a building which exhibits itself. Following a very linear pathway that circles back around itself thro different attributes are displayed for the user. An overall multi structural system bringing together a structu


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[ EaDo] INTERNATIONAL PROMENADE a catalyst project for a developing area of Houston, Texas Anton Sinkewich Studio


signed bike route bike lane shared-use path on street separated

existing

dynamo events stage

dynamo events

lamar st.

walk-up movie

dallas st.

proposed

polk st.

bell st.

[BIKE PATHS]

party street

The goal of this project was to take an existing underutilized space and maximize its potential as a central core green area for the East Downtown district of Houston. EaDo, or East Downtown, is a newly developing area which is characterized by warehouses, abandoned lots, new urban single family residential and the newly built, BBVA Compass Stadium. Being that Eado is the back of the George R. Brown convention center, designing the International Promenade is an opportunity to create a grand gesture which would align it parallel to Discovery Green. Due to the proximity it could be the final connection to complete the Convention center “campus” which would allow visitors easy access to four of Houston’s major attractions being the Convention center, Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park, Dynamo Stadium, and now the International Promenade as well. watershed market

N

[SPATIAL ANALYSIS]

one world reflecting pool

[existing proposal] open, flexible multiuse space responding to conditions already defined.

pedestrian

lamar st.

dallas st.

polk st.

bell st.

pedestrian

watershed market

walk-up movie

party street

international promenade cafe

performance / gathering area

dynamo events

N


[METRO BUS]

[TRAFFIC FLOW] 40

dynamo events stage

dynamo events

lamar st.

dallas st.

bell st.

walk-up movie

party street

polk st.

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watershed market

N

one world reflecting pool pedestrian

lamar st.

dallas st.

polk st.

bell st.

pedestrian

watershed market

walk-up movie

party street

international promenade cafe

[my proposal] series of events set in between 2 major linear paths, paired with open

flexible green + secondary path space. Also encourages pedestrian use, event street-scape

performance / gathering area

dynamo events

N


[PROMENADE PHASE DEVELOPMENT] The Promenade is designed in a way that can be implemented in phases. This is so that it not only develops according to the design, but also so that it can respond to the development surrounding it, as EaDo is a district that is growing and changing very quickly for the time being.

[PHASE 1] path + trees

[PHASE 2] interstitial path + defining spatial organization

[PHASE 3] event planning + international promenade cafe

[PHASE 4] entrance structures

[PHASE 5] final shading and seating


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Space 1_ Bell to Polk_elevation

Space 1_ Bell to Polk_plan

community space

event space

global awareness

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afe culture flexible space

stripped warehouse

6’ 6”

17’00”

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13’00”


Space 2_ Polk to Dallas_ elevation

Space 2_ Polk to Dallas_ plan

walk -in movie

gathering


g space

restaurant advantage


Space 3_ Dallas to Mckinney_elevation community space

Space 3_ Dallas to Mckinney_plan

event space

global awareness

party street

diversity

international city

flexible sp


pace

stripped warehouse


HUTCHIN

Residential building w/

Residential building w/ first floor commerical space

POLK STREET

BELL STREET

Residential building w/ first floor commerical space

International Promenade Cafe

Warehouse studio spa Watershed Market

Eado Recycling Education Center

Watershed Sandwhiches Rooftop patio

Urban Lofts Rooftop Patio

DOWLIN


NS STREET

Existing Buildings

LAMAR STREET

Proposed Buildings

Bike Lanes

Shared Use Bike Lanes

Proposed Bcycle Stations

/ first floor commerical space

DALLAS STREET

Restaurant with large patio

Francisco Studios Fitness Center/ Yoga/Pilates

LAMAR STREET

e converted to ace and offices

Proposed Green Link Stops for Eado

Shopping Center w/ Roof top Garden, restaurant and bar.

Studio living spaces

NG STREET

Existing Buildings


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CRISTINA CASTANON : 3400 EDLOE ST. #902 HOUSTON, TX. (469)323-6527 CRISTINA.CASTANON@TTU.EDU



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