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D.R.WATSON


Kunsthalle - NYC Highline - Spring 2011

Busy Bees Housing Assistance - Asheville, NC - Spring 2011

Ripple - Lexington Ave. - Asheville, NC - Fall 2010

Harvest - La Boqueria - Barcelona, Spain - Fall 2010

Vuzualization II - Clemson, SC - Spring 2011


Kunsthalle - NYC Highline - Spring 2011


Highline Kunsthalle nyc

The Highline is a reporposed elevated rail that runs through lower manhattan and now serves as an elevated parkway. The Design of the Kunsthalle is based on the Idea that a shift in perspective can create a more powerful experience. This is the way I wish to experience art, the Highline, and The City. My Design allows this by the creation of spaces. With changes in direction, elevation, and atmosphere, visitors are able to walk in and around the art as they walk in and around the building. Manipulation of the skin has created spaces both interior and exterior. These spaces offer a chance for visitors to not only rest, but also reflect as they see themselves and the City and in a new light.


To Experience : to see, to take in, to know in a new light. New York City: a constant hum of progress that builds upon itself and its history. New ideas that build upon the past, pushing ever further into the future. The Design of the “Kunsthal” is based on the Idea that a shift in perspective can create a more powerful experience. For example, depending on the angle, one might see a completed Rubix Cube as a red box, while another may see a blue box. Upon further examination one will see that all the sides are of a different color. This is the way I wish to experience art, the Highline, and The City. My Design allows this by the creation of spaces. With changes in direction, elevation, and atmosphere, visitors will be able to walk in and around the art as they walk in and around the building. Manipulation of the skin has created spaces both interior and exterior. These spaces offer a chance for visitors to not only rest, but also reflect as they see themselves and the City and in a new light. The skin itself is a steel structure glazed with pearlescent glass that deffuses natural light and disperses it evenly throughout the building. This creates a “white noise” lighting that does not concentrate in any particular area, and privides a fresh pallet for one to experience art. Circulation within the Kunsthal is comprized of a central morphing ramp that pivots as it passes through the building . This creates unique views of the art, the Highline, and the City. Passing throught the Kunsthal is a unique experience, as viewers as urged to, upon entry, take the elevator to the top floor and use gravity to pull them around the ramps and through the museum.

view from entry

view from top floor

view from roof top

The skin is a steel structure glazed with pearlescent glass that deffuses natural light and disperses it evenly throughout the building. This creates a “white noise” lighting that does not concentrate in any particular area, and privides a fresh pallet for one to experience art. Circulation within the Kunsthal is comprized of a central morphing ramp that pivots as it passes through the building . This creates unique views of the art, the Highline, and the City. View From Highline N

Auditorium

Auditorium Enrty - 0’

Gallery Space Restaurant

Auditorium Below Ramp to Enrty - 0’

Ramp to Highline -27’

Ramp to Highline -27’

Ramp to Gallery -45’

Ramp to Classes -13’

Ramp to Gallery -36’

Stage

Ramp to Classes -0’

Entry Bookstore

Cafe

Storage

Auditorium - Floor Below Grade - 8’

Entry Floor- Gatherning - 0’

Meeting and Classrooms - Learning - 12’

Highline Floor - Commerce - 27’’

Typical Gallery Floor - Grandure - 36’


Busy Bees Housing Assistance - Asheville, NC - Spring 2011


Busy Bees Housing Assistance

The Busy Bees Program not only aids families and individuals recently displaced by the economic recession, it also breathes life back into the BB&T building. The honeycomb structure is a naturally efficient design that provides maximum strength with minimum use of materials. The Hexagon steel module can be added on to provide a single, double and family sized unit.

hexagon steel plate structure


With some floors designated as office space for call centers, companies are enticed through tax benefits to in-source employment to American workers in need of a job. Other floors provide community and family needs such as daycare, storage, grocery store, and a gym. These services are open to the public to provide Busy Bees with a continuous revenue stream. Occupants also recieve counselling and a savings account through BB&T banking that helps them get back on their feet and back out into the work force. Busy Bees helps individuals, companies, and the local community by bringing them together through opportunities to create a vibrant space that benefits Asheville and her citizens.

Design Development Models


Ripple - Lexington Ave. - Asheville, NC - Fall 2010


Ripple is an urban rejuvination project designed for Lexington Avenue in Asheville, NC. The project, through design, creates an impact on the community, and the resulting ripple effect is seen through Asheville’s use of the space in unpredictable ways. This results in new harmonies of pedestirians, local businesses, and artists. The design incoporates mosaic tiles down the length of Lexington Avenue incoporating ‘Smart Tiles’. These ‘Smart Tiles’ include lights, photovoltaics, speakers, and a pneumatic system that contains air pressure and electricity. With inflatable furniture provided by the city, the pneumatic system gives the community an open canvas to create new spaces along the street. Music festvals are welcomed with inflatable stages, speaker tiles, and interactive lighted tiles. Inflatable galleries showcase artists and wine tastings, while inflatable jungle gyms entertain children of all ages.


A sound study indicated hot beds of activity on the street. the resulting ripple mosaic design indicated the frequency and placement of ‘Smart Tiles’ within the design.


Harvest - La Boqueria - Baecelona, Spain - Fall 2010


Built behind La Boqueria, one of the largest open air markets in the world, Harvest works in conjunction with the market to create an the worlds tallest urban vinyard. The Harvest design aims to build the local Reval community through volunteer work and community dinners with food provided by La Boqueria. Each day vendors pay a service fee to have their unsold food taken away to a landfill. Instead Harvest takes the food, prepares it, and serves it to the local community. What is not prepared, is composted and fed to grape vines through a process called fertigation. Pipes trasport water and minerals up the trellis and provide the vines with optimum growing conditions. Each year the community comes together to pick and mash the grapes to prepare the years wine. Harvest, after three years, could produce over 3,000 bottles of wine creating an income and source of revenue for the local community. The grapes are processed and stored below the square in a wine cellar.

Harvest in Winter

Harvest in Fall

Harvest in Summer


25% 25% of all produce is thrown out

10 the average produce shelf life is 10 days

98% one blemish can result in edible food being unsold

100% Harvest runs on 100% of the market’s excess

Excess produce is composted and pumped through the trellis to the vines above. The wine is processed and stored in a cellar located below the square.


AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

view from market entrance

ODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT


Vizualization II- Clemson, SC - Spring 2011


Vizualization II Spring 2011

The aim of the vizualization course was to digitally design and fabricate a model usign 3-D programs and a laser cutter. The following picture show the process of design, development, and fabrication.


D.R.Watson  

2011 portfolio

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