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Andrew Delle Bovi Freshmen Spring 2010 University At Buffalo

Project: The Living Wall “The Living Wall, a “linear community of pods” comprising of 14 full-scale interactive structures created by 100 University at Buffalo architecture students. The students were asked to design and construct a minimal-dwelling unit with an entrance, internal circulation and sleeping areas for a minimum of three people out of 2”x 4” lumber and CDX plywood. “Individual units were required to share a party wall with adjoining structures,which allows unique spatial, structural and programmatic conditions to emerge.” The UB Reporter, written by Pat Sullivan The foundation for each project comes from a basic 6’ X 6’ X 8’ cube. Each student was allowed a maximum of 2 shifts in order to create an entry-way, circulation space, and three sleeping spaces. One “shift” can be defined as any cut into the cube and a diagnol, vertical or horizontal shift of the cut piece. The project consisted of four phases. The first phase was individual designs, the second phase was small group designs and the third and fourth phases were designs in groups of seven. The third and fourth phases were the final models chosen to build. The fourth phase was final production, in which we built in full scale.

INDEX Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three

Phase Four

Phase 1

Individual Schemes (14 Projects per studio)

General Focus: -Entry -Circulation -Sleeping Space

Massing Model -The First shift of my model comprised of two moves: 1. A unique Cut 2. Vertical Shift of one foot. -The Second Shift of my model comprised of one move: 3. A Horizontal shift backwards half a foot of the central section of the massing. 1



Transformation Axonometric The Unique Cut can be seen here. It comprises of 2 L-shaped cuts on the sides of the cube, with a central rectangular piece to connect them together. This was for the purpose of sleeping and sitting spaces. The vertical shift was only one foot upwards to create strip windows and allow for the orignal mass to be easily recognized. The Second move is also shown here. It is a simple shift backwards of the central region of the cube. This was for the puprose of creating an entrance and circulation space. Also to further emphasize the first move by recessing the portion that wasn’t part of the first move.

PChipboard Model

PPlan and Sections


Section B

Section A

Sections A




Circulation Diagram


Bed Space

Phase 1 Parti-Wall Condition

Slyvia Chao

Andrew Delle Bovi

Vincent Ribeiro

The main concept the three of us were working with here were continous void spaces. As seen from the front elevation and highlighted by the red lines we had a continous void space through the center of our models. There are various moments in our models where open spaces are shared between projects. We felt these shared spaces where important to allow for communication between models.

Phase 2

Group: Cliff Silvia Chio

Small Groups (3-4 members)

General Focus: -Collaborative Effort -Combining Concepts Key Concepts: -Interlocking -Floating -Strip Windows

Andrew Delle Bovi

Denny Euy Chang Jeong

Transformation Axonometric

-The First shift of our model comprises of one move: 1. A rotation of the whole cube to stand upwards vertically at eight feet tall. -The Second Move comprises of two moves: 1. A three level cut. 2. A diagnol Shift outwards two feet and upwards one foot.

The first move allowed for the height needed to create an entrance. The Second move was a diagnol cut in order to fully render the shift. It allowed for an a division in the space but still easily be recognized from the original mass.

Cardboard Model

As highlighted by the yellow lines, this is the main entryway for our model. We chose to create an entrance like this one in order to create a dissapearing affect as you enter. It is as if you dissapear into the front facade of the building. Also for circulation purposes we kept the diagonol shift registered in the interior space, allowing for a central ciulation space between different levels.



Plan A

Plan B

PPlans and Sections

Sections C




Section C

Section D

Phase 3

Group: Naterior

Large Groups (6-7 members) Claire Achtyl

General Focus: -Prep for FullScale Production -Modules -Structure -Full-Scale Details -Construction Documents

Chris Belfiore

Slyvia Chio

Jeremy Cournyea

Andrew Delle Bovi

Sobit Sarvantov

Vincent Ribeiro

Massing Model and Transformation Axonometric

-The First shift of our model comprises of two moves: 1. A unique cut 2. A Vertical shift upwards of two feet.




-The Second Shift comprises of one move: 3. A horizontal shift backwards two feet.

The First move created: -Height need for an entrance/circulation space. -A roof to shelter from natural elements. -Sleeping Quadrants The Second move created: -A dual entrance and -A two foot cantilever, serving as a balcony.

Chipboard Model

PPlans and Sections


Sections A



Bed Space

Public Space

We made some sleeping spaces larger than others because not everyone in our group is the same size. This drawing clearly illustrates the division between the public space, mostly the left portion of the model and the sleeping space, mostly the right portion of the model.

PParti-Wall Condition These were the two models chosen to be built in full scale. because the parti-wall conditon that we had created worked well together. As highlighted by the green lines we can see that both our models had a shared void space. This can be used as a community space for our two models.



PModules: First Attempt

PModules: Final Scheme

Our first attempt at modules was not very efficient because we lost the main cantilever support from the cladding by breaking up the modules so much. In our second attempt we chose a much simpler yet much more efficient method to build the model. We had six box frame modules. Starting with the floor as the first module ending with the roof as the last module. Each module stacks upon the previous one and gets bolted together.

PStructure Model

Load Diagram

First Attempt: Full Scale Detail Models

This is our first attempt at full scale details using our first module scheme.

Final Modules: Full Scale Detail Models These were a trial run of our boxframe modules before we went into final production. The Drawings come from our construction documents used to help us build.

Axon A shows how our model sits on the railroad ties that were planted at the site.

Axon A

Axon B

Axon C

Roof Pitch and Rain Control

The roof of our model is pitched in two different directions in order to direct the rain. The Module below the roof has a gap that allows for the water to run through it. We decided that having the rain run down this two foot portion of the model would further define the entrance. It would also be a way to collect the water if we wanted to.

Railroad Ties

Phase 4

Large Groups (Same Group Members)

General Focus: -Full Scale Construction -Packing -Shipping -Reforming On Site

Griffis Sculpture Park


Modules 1,2, and 3

Modules 3,4, and 5

Module 6 (Roof)


On-Site Assembly

Assembly Sequence

Cladding Strategy Because our modules related so closely with the actual shifts of the cube we decided that on each of the modules we would cut the cladding 1/4� shorter than the structure. This created reveals between each module rendering the movement of the orignal mass.

University At Buffalo Freshman Architecture Professors: Nick Bruscia Shadi Nazarian Chris Romano Teaching Assistant: Joe Diperna

My Info: Andrew Delle Bovi Phone: (914)-238-5596 Address: 4 Tanglewild Pl. Chappaqua, NY,10514

Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio: Spring, Freshman Year  

Andrew Delle Bovi, University At Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning. This Portfolio was based around a full scale "Living Wall" pr...