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A Collection of Work Desai A. Henderson 116 Sunset Pl. Apt 2 Palisades Park, NJ 07650


Contents

Inspirational Quotes

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Ballpark Vs. Park + Ball

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Red Tails Motel

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Tuskegee University Legacy Museum

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199 Merrill

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Oil + Water Studio

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24/7 Student Center

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Recent Work

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Inspirational Quotes

“...LIGHT, GOD’S ELDEST DAUGHTER, IS A PRINCIPAL BEAUTY IN A BUILDING...” -THOMAS FULLER

“...WHEN WE BUILD LET US THINK THAT WE BUILD FOREVER...” - JOHN RUSKIN

“...SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE FORM OF SOPHISTICATION... ” - Leonardo da Vinci

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Ballpark vs Park + Ball

Overview This thesis is an in depth investigation of baseball stadiums and how to deviate from their traditional form in order to achieve a more extensive civic use. The fundamental premise for this thesis is that function influences form. By changing the iconic image typically associated with baseball stadiums and infusing a design with the park qualities associated with ball parks, the stadium will offer greater intimacy between spectator and player, be easily integrated as a visual element in its larger urban context and encourage greater community uses of the facility, beyond the sport. This thesis will explore and examine alternative forms and uses, beyond the traditional bowl, that can expand the activity of baseball stadiums beyond the game. An alternative design could encourage spectators to flow through the space instead of entering in and out of it. An alternative design that highlights the “park” like features of a “ball park” could also encourage greater use beyond in-season play yet have a more expansive offering for concessions, facilities, promotion, marketing, and administration. The ultimate goal of this thesis is to look at different means of achieving not just a building but a place where activity could be extended beyond the in-season game and return to the intimacy found in the ballpark setting. With a change from the usual iconic reference and a stronger “park” connection the stadium may become a more complementary visual element in the larger urban landscape. Because it’s integrated with the community,, it could become an accepted urban element which could encourage more frequent use.

The idea for this project is to deviate from the closed bowl configuration of typical stadiums. It is evident that stadiums are designed with an inward focus for a purpose. This leads to expression of conceptual ideas through complex façades and space planning in modern stadiums. With that in mind, the idea is to create a structure that serves the purpose it was designed for but breaks away from the mundane and sometimes brutal and unappealing characteristics associate with stadiums. Since function dictates form, more apparent in stadiums, my goal is to introduce a design that exceeds the needs of its end users while transforming the status quo. Investigative sketch 1 Henderson

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The concept of the building skin was derived from certain characteristics of two different objects, one being the artichoke plant and the second being the marlin fish, the team logo. In elevation the building illustrates numerous overlaps as it illustrates overlapping parts derived from the artichoke but in section the subtle lines of a marlin’s curved body is more prevalent. This curved and luminous facade is what gives the ballpark its unique characteristics but spaces such as lobbies, service areas, team specific areas, are functionally the same as other stadiums. The facade of the structure is meant to play with the idea of how light reacts to different surfaces and obstacles. The inner panels are all glass while the outer panels are solid. The outer that are overlapping the inner ones helps to redirect the light which the translucent surfaces let through. These panels also serve as a source of communication to the people in at the park and who are not in the stadium by changing certain colors. For example if a marlins player hits a home run the glass panels will light up rapidly in the form of a circle to signify a player circling the bases. This altogether adds to the overall location of the ballpark, which is in Miami gardens, Florida. When you sum up the appearance, the intelligence of the panels, and its iconic resemblance of a work or art, it can’t help being an attraction to all.

Marlin

Artichoke

Marlin

Facade detail

One last feature of the design is the “park”. the baseball field and stadium are surrounded by this relaxing space that serves as the roof to the parking below. This feature greatly enhances the activity in the area where there aren’t any scheduled games or planned events inside the venue. Park + Ball

Investigative sketch 2

Investigative sketch 3 Henderson

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Ballpark vs Park + Ball

This map illustrates Miami dade county (red) as well as the city if Miami gardens (green) where the site is located

Land Shark Stadium

Commercial

Current Zoning

Primary Routes

Residential

Water

Institutional

Secondary Routes

Site Access

Calder Race Course Florida Marlins

Design sketch 1

Design sketch 2 Henderson

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Concessions Team Suites Staff Rest rooms Service Undefined Circulation

Ground Level Plan

Egress Access ADA Accessible

Site Plan

Final Design Sketch

Fire Safety Diagram (Ground)

Eastern Elevation Henderson

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Concessions Team Suites Staff Rest rooms Service Undefined Circulation

Second (Park) Level Plan

Third Level Plan

Fourth Level Plan

Egress Access ADA Accessible Fire Safety Diagram (second)

View from left field

Fire Safety Diagram (Third)

Aerial view from blimp

Fire Safety Diagram (Fourth)

View looking west

The Park Henderson

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Longitudinal Section

Fifth Level Plan

Ground Level Structural Framing Plan

North Elevation

Fire Safety Diagram (Fifth)

Site Model

Final Section Model Views Henderson

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Tuskegee, AL

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The New School New York, NY

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The New School New York, NY

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Greenville, AL

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South Elevation

West Elevation

Interior Renderings Henderson

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Exterior Renderings

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Oil + Water Studio Office of thr Riverkeeper Brooklyn, NY Wind Analysis T h i s project was geared towards designing o f f i c e space that would house The Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization and New York City’s clean waterway advocate. Along with the many programmatic issues, it was paramount to deal with the site. The project site is located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn and is in the immediate vicinity of one of the world’s biggest and perhaps most ignored oil spill. One of the biggest challenges was the long term vision for such an industrial area that was located along Newtown Creek, a highly contaminated body of water directly resulted from the oil spill. With these issues in mind the design team envisioned a project that would not only function as a standard for sustainable design but also a means of integrating social and cultural aspects that would help breathe life into the neighborhood.

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Winter Overshadowing Diagram

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Oil + Water Studio Building Development Concept

The cuts through the building allow specific pedestrian Access as a continuation of the nature walk. The cuts fracture the building, creating explicit moments within the voids. A stepped landscape reaches down to the water’s edge creating a dynamic, ever changing edge condition. The nature walk informs the building’s shape; the building’s shape infers the landscape, while the tidal change defines the landscape’s edge.

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Concept Diagram (3 Cuts)

Building Model

Site Model

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Oil + Water Studio Concept (Lighting) The lighting concept was derived from the relationship between the water’s edge and the changing landscape. The emphasis would be using light as a mediator between the old and the new both implemented in the landscape lighting as well was the interior lighting. The old, in terms of exterior would be Newtown Creek and the new is our newly designed landscape. On the interior, the old is the portion if the structure (column, beam, slab) that we kept whereas the new would be the walls that was added. Residential

Park/ Open Space

Nature Walk

Commercial/ Retail

Retail/ Residential

Bicycle Path

Industrial

Parking

Boat Stops

Institutional

Waste Water Treatment Plant

Tide- 0’

Tide- 2’

Tide- 4’

Maybe not necessarily a concept but an idea that was really important was integrating the lighting into the structure and material where possible. This resulted in having fixtures buried into the framing of the roof in the interstitial space as well as using the felt ceiling in the classroom to reflect light and also create depth and texture.

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Contents Oil + Water Studio Lighting Mock-Up The full scale mock-up reinforced the lighting concept of emphasizing the edge. In this case the significance would be using light to harmonize the old (floor & columns that was retained) and the new (walls that was added). This attempt was successful in using light to bring attention to the old and the new by silhouetting the columns and detaching the walls from the floor.

Plan

Integrated Ceiling Detail

Section 1

Wall Light Detail

Full Scale Detail Elevation

Corner: Shadow From Lamp

Corner: No Shadow Henderson

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Section 2

Oil + Water Studio Environmental Strategies

Section C

Section D

West Elevation

East Elevation

Approach

Public Plaza

Public Plaza (night)

Interstitial Space Henderson

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Oil + Water Studio

Section B

Section A

Section Model Henderson

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24/7 Student Center The New School New York, NY JENGA is a game with concept of pulling and stacking blocks as the tower gets taller and has a Swahili name meaning “to build�. As a team, we were interested in expanding this idea of pull & stack. By pushing and pulling the blocks and creating various forms, which led us to selecting the massing that was suitable for maximum daylight penetration into the space. Also these blocks were configured so that some could used as overhangs for blocking out the unnecessary light and while still delivering good quality of light to the space.

Site Plan

Program/ Shading Based Facade

Push/ Pull Based Facade

Early Massing Investigations

Solar Study 8:00

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12:00

14:00

16:00

Equinox -3/21

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24/7 Student Center Site Analysis

Reference Model

Overshadowing South Bearing: West Bearing: With Views 45o 40o

South Shading System -2

Final Massing Strategy

West Shading System- 1

South Shading Red- Summer Teal- Equinox Gold- Winter

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18:00 Summer- 6/21

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Contents

Longitudinal Section- Day

Lateral Section- Day

Solar Study 8:00

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12:00

14:00

Winter- 12/21 16:00

Second Floor Study Lounge- Night Henderson

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24/7 Student Center

Longitudinal Section- Night

Lateral Section- Night

Model Views Third Floor Student Lounge- Day Second Floor Study Lounge- Day Henderson

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Recent Work Mirage Hotel Facade Las Vegas, NV

UIC Newman Center Chicago, IL

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LDS Temple Cordova, AK

Kula Revolving Sushi Restaurant Brea, CA

Jimmy Carter Bridge Atlanta, GA

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Thank You...

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