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ELI SOKOL


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ACOUSTIC GEOMETRIES AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE

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FIRENZE COM’ERA FLORENCE AS IT WAS

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FIRENZE COMPOSTA FLORENCE COMPOSED

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LIVE WORK SHOW

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CARONDELET PARK POOL COMPLEX

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MAPPING SOFT BODIES

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CITY WALK FRAMING THE URBAN CONDITION

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CASE STUDY POMPIDOU CENTER

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CASE STUDY VITRA FIRE STATION

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PROFESSIONAL WORK UIC + CDO

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST LOUIS SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS


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International Design Competition Collaboration with Yurina Kodama

Flamenco music is a compositional dialogue between dance, guitar, singing, and clapping. To architecturalize Flamenco is to materialize its cadential elements into a complementary and fluid space, at the same time using fundamental rhythmic principles to create a linear but linked series of spaces. An analysis of the flamenco score “Sevillanas,” informs the scheme for a cultural dance center in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Above: Mapping of “Sevillanas” Right: Model Construction


program dance exhibition gym lecture library performance plaza restaurant shop


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First Floor Layout

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Second Floor Layout


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ACOUSTIC GEOMETRIES AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE Featured in 2010 Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts student catalogue

A mapping study of a forested portion of Shaw Nature Reserve in eastern central Missouri reveals a dichotomous acoustic relationship between the tree canopy and ground vegetation. The space between the two is occasionally punctured by the passage of sound.

Above: Acoustic abstraction of forest section Top Right: Acoustic mapping of forest section Bottom Right: Volume construction of acoustic geometries


Informed by the preceding auditory data, a classroom space with a crystalline envelope responds to the acoustic geometries of the forest as well as its varied topographical landscape. The streamlined triangulation of earlier models is recomposed to meet site conditions. Raised within the forest tree canopy, the building skin allows for interior acoustic conditions similar to those of the forest itself. Above: South Elevation and Cross Sections Right: Geometric form evolution Far Right: Model Construction Below: East Elevation

Right: Geometric Form Transformation Far Right: Classroom Model


FIRENZE COM’ERA FLORENCE AS IT WAS

Featured in exhibition of selected works from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts study abroad programs

ENTRANCE

LECTURE SPACE

INTERIOR PUBLIC PIAZZA

MEZZANINE


The Challenge: A museum that exhibits a historical narrative of the city, to be located beneath the narrow Piazzale degli Uffizi in the center of Florence’s historic core. Museum program is informed by historical perspective and expression.

EXIT

ADMINISTRATIVE

PROGRAMMABLE EXHIBIT SPACE

MAIN EXHIBIT

CAFE

OBSERVATION


Ground Plan

-1 Plan Florence has a layered quality, both in historical sequence and urban form. The subterranean site typifies the complex networks of society and the spaces that define the city. A line perpendicular to a slight geometric imbalance on the ground level arcade of the Uffizi Gallery regulates the program and form. A series of ramps, stairs, and plateaus shift and undulate along this off-axis tectonic line. -2 Plan Above: Interior Exhibit Vignettes Right: Floor Plans


Model Construction


Interior Exhibit Vignettes

Axonometric Diagram of Regulating Order

Axonometric Diagram of Circulation


Model Construction


FIRENZE COMPOSTA FLORENCE COMPOSED Using physical milestones as notation, the built environment becomes a choreographed composition that reveals the evolution of Florence over time.

BOUNDARIES Built or unbuilt, these are physically significant conditions. Boundaries mold their environments, acting as either a force of containment or a force of attraction.

RELATIONSHIPS Relationships highlight context. They exist as both physical and visual connections but also as links to past ideas or spaces.

FORMS These are the elements that define the built environment. They are expressive artifacts of an ever evolving society. As physical entities, they are a manifestation of cultural ideas and values.


LIVE WORK SHOW 1 Painter 1 Sculpter Artist living space Artist studio space Public exhibition space Right: View facing West, Locust Street at Garrison Avenue Below: Model Construction

Midtown Alley is a St. Louis neighborhood sandwiched between the city’s most urban pockets. It is an incomplete landscape, fractured by demolished buildings and surface parking lots. The experience of compression, release, and convergence in this built landscape is extracted to inform the program of the building.


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Midtown Alley Plan

North Elevation

Cross Sections

live work show


A series of interior perspectives highlights the surfaces that help to distinguish programmatic space. The ceiling and street-facing walls are the only surfaces that change in pitch and height along the length of the site. Shades of blue highlight this progression of shifting surfaces. Each end of the building is reserved for its respective artist in residence. To meet in the middle, the two residents each experience a spatial compression that ultimately terminates in the most open interior room, where all shared living functions are housed.

Interior Perspective Collage


West Elevation

Longitudinal Section

Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Basement Plan


CARONDELET PARK POOL COMPLEX

Carondelet Park is a victorian era St. Louis park distinguished by its centrally located lake and Olmsteadian artificial topography. The design for a recreational swimming center called for pool and spa facilities as well as space to exercise and sunbathe. Oriented along the northwest edge of Carondelet Lake, the complex is nestled into the rolling hillside surrounding the water.

To enter, visitors descend from the steet along a winding pathway that carves into the hillside and funnels into the building proper. This linear experience terminates with a vista of the lake and nearby boathouse at the south end of the complex. Metaphorically speaking, the building interior has the appearance of a gorge... a sunken space created by the presence of water.

Above: Sections Left: Floor Plan


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To achieve an etheral and weightless quality within this sunken space, recesses in the ceiling and floor planes create the illusion of floating surfaces. Horizontal apertures along the retaining wall extend through the adjacent hill to provide lakeside views.


MAPPING SOFT BODIES

Paramecium Multmicronucleaturm, digitally rendered

The Paramecium Multimicronucleatum is a freshwater-based cell found in waterborne microrganisms. Tracing a microscopic image of this cell reveals a fibrous composition. This quality is then extruded in a three dimensional digital model which seeks to better convey the formal relationships of the cell and its various functions.


Paramecium Multimicronucleatum

Isolated Paramecium Cell

Paramecium, digital drawing

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Paramecium Multimicronucleatum, digital drawing

Freshwater H2O

Waterborne Microrganism

Paramecium Cell


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aveolar sacs plasma membrane septa

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granulo-fibrillar material Paramecium Multmicronucleaturm, digitally rendered

A complete three dimensional transformation of the original paramecium tracing hypothesizes the formal properties of this dynamic network of cells and functions.


Model Construction of Trichocyst Tips

To examine a closer scale of the paramecium cell, the trichocyst tips region is chosen as a candidate for further study. Unique in its form, the trichocyst is a filamentous cell with a large oval-shaped cavity at its center. This model speculates the three dimensional qualities of a cell that is presented microscopically at a two dimensional level.


Above: Trichocyst Transformation from compression to extension Below: Diagram of system components

THE LIP The Lip is the top horizontal surface of each ring.The Lip overextends to lock each ring in place during maximum extension.

THE NECK The Neck is a topographical extrusion. It is fully exposed when the system is at maximum extension, while a base segment is still revealed at minimum extension.

THE FOOT The Foot keeps each ring in place. Maximum extension is reached when the foot locks below the Lip of the preceding ring.


The trichocyst structure is formally driven by its ability to eject thread-like filaments in response to various stimuli. To further examine this dynamic property, a flexible system is proposed. The system is effectively a machine that recreates the potential forms of a trichocyst with a series of extendable interlocking rings.

Above: Section Cut of the Trichocyst System Top Right: Section Cut of the Trichocyst System Bottom Right: Overlay of extension transition

Pullling on either end of the object, all rings will extend outwards from the center. A condition of maximum extension is reached when all the rings interlock in place. Complete compression in this system cannot be reached, considering the cell structure never exists in a two dimensional state.


CITY WALK FRAMING THE URBAN CONDITION

Piazza San Marco to Piazza della Republica

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Illustrated Route indicating views and sections

Section: Palazzo Medici Ricardi


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Selecting two Florence piazzas as endpoints, various routes emerge through the city, revealing the dynamic of the street and its shaping elements. These Illustrations examine the complexity of the built environment and the notion of “place” as a qualifiable urban condition.

Section: Via de’ Bonizzi

Section: Accademia Gallery


CASE STUDY GEORGES POMPIDOU CENTRE Collaboration with Michael Pogran circulation/safety

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This model isolates the Pompidou Centre’s distinct features from its spatial regulating order. It explores the designers’ aspirations of a more expressive built environment, where buildings are viewed as machines rather than static entities, activated by integrated systems as well as interaction.

Plan courtesy of Roberts Stirks Harbour + Partners

This model was featured in a university exhibition of selected Case Study works


CASE STUDY VITRA FIRE STATION Right: Orthographic Drawing, pencil on vellum Below: Axonometric Drawing, ink on mylar

This orthographic representation is composed by a derivation of the Vitra Fire Station’s acute angles and their supplements.

This axonometric drawing emphasizes the building’s regulating order, such that the project’s series of intersecting planes are shown to articulate the unique qualities of the space.


Above: Hybrid composition, pencil render Right: Hybrid composition, digital render

The hybrid composition draws on the building’s dialogue of fragmentation and intersection, expressing the fragile tension and dynamic qualities of Vitra’s forms. Similar to the intentions of the building, this image aspires to convey a sense of tension and movement.


PROFESSIONAL WORK UIC + CDO Collaboration with Central Design Office

Street Perspective Rendering

Existing conditions

Proposed Floor Plan

Proposed changes


Threatened by demolition, a landmark midcentury gas station is proposed to be integrated with its surrounding modernist plaza as a mixed-use urban center. A new two-story building with a skewed orientation creates a dialogue with the bold contour of the gas station, as well as the regulated geometry of t h e e xi st i n g mal l across t he street. Sidewalks and landscaping as well as ground level retail seek to form a sense of place along a newly formed street that bisects all proposed developments and existing buildings.


Tower Grove Ave & McRee Ave

Tower Grove Ave & Vandeventer Ave

Tower Grove Ave & Flora Ave

The Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis is experiencing a combination of urban infill and renovation of existing homes. To complement the new development, major thoroughfares are being modified to accomodate bike lanes, street parking, crosswalks, and rain gardens. These new features seel to activate use of sidewalks, slow traffic, and help contribute to an overall friendlier pedestrian environment.

Tower Grove Ave & Interstate 44


South Elevation

North Elevation

Site Plan

Longitudinal Section facing North

Cross Section facing East

Cross Section facing West

A 1930’s Standard Oil Station in Botanical Heights, St. Louis is being converted to a wine bar. A connective addition between the main structure and the wine cellar and kitchen located in an adjacent home facilitates easy circulation. Contemporary but subtle, the addition’s small scale and gentle angles allow a seamless transition between the two nodes.

Existing conditions at Gas Station site


ELI SOKOL 517 Kingsland Avenue, #1S Saint Louis, MO 63105 Elisokol@go.wustl.edu (305) 439 2235

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Sam Fox School of Design - WUSTL / St. Louis, MO www.wustl.edu Digital Fabrication Lab Monitor / Assisted students and executed operation of laser cutter facilities

(08/11-12/11)

UIC + CDO / St. Louis, MO www.uicstl.com Architectural Intern / Collaborated on a design proposal, produced construction and schematic drawings

(05/11-08/11)

The J. Co LLC / St. Louis, MO www.thejco.com Project Assistant / Developed industry research models, contributed to creative project brainstorming.

(10/09-05/10)

Burger King Franchising and Development / Miami, FL www.burgerking.com Development Intern / Proudced comprehensive design, drawings, and models for a restaurant prototype

(05/09-08/09)

Oppenheim Architecture + Design / Miami, FL www.oppenoffice.com Architectural Intern / Assembled, catalogued, and categorized an architecture and materials library

(09/06-08/07)

EDUCATION Washington University in St. Louis / St. Louis, MO Bachelor of Arts in Architecture / Sam Fox School of Design Minor in General Business / Olin Business School Minor in American Culture Studies / College of Arts and Sciences Cumulative GPA 3.60 Gulliver Preparatory / Miami, FL International Baccalaureate program graduate Top 10 GPA of graduating class

(08/08-05/12)

(08/04-05/08)


ACTIVITIES Architecture Student Council Academic Vice President / Managed undergraduate student academic experience

(04/11 - present)

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Peer Advisor / Mentored transfer students in their transition into the architecture program

(08/11 - present)

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Brand Manager, Correspondent, Standards Committee / Developed brand image for chapter affairs

(01/10 - present)

Themed Entertainment Association Youth Member

(11/07 - present)

AWARDS Dean’s List Junior studio work featured in university exhibition of selected works Case Study studio work featured at university exhibition of selected works Sophomore studio work featured in undergraduate architecture catalogue 1st Place in Fairchild Tropical Gardens sustainable architecture competition

SKILLS Software: Autocad, Revitt, Sketchup, Rhino, Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office Digital 2D and 3D fabrication Digital photography Model construction Multilingual in English, French, Italian Technical hand drawing

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Eli Sokol Undergraduate Portfolio