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Emily Elkin Master of Architecture


Elevating to Meditation Summer 2014 Career Discovery Project Juan Pablo Ugarte

Tropical Skyscraper Spring 2016 Studio Project Professor Teofilo Victoria

Charlotte Perriand’s Beach House Fall 2015 Precedent Study Professor Edgar Sarli

Vacation Villa

Fall 2015 Studio Project Professor Edgar Sarli

Perched Pavilions

Fall 2016 Comprehensive Studio Project Professor’s Armando Montero and David Trautman

ULI Hines Competition

Spring 2017 Design Competition Professor’s Joanna Lombard and Veruska Vasconez

Emilio Sanchez: A Generous Life February 2017 until December 2017 Exhibition Professor Victor Deupi

Miami’s Rising and Setting March 2015 Personal Watercolor

Elevating to Meditation Study of Circulation

To understand the complexities and delicacy of circulation, this project designs a space that precedes a meditation room on a higher level. The study’s conceptual design was initiated by a collage focusing on the stages a person enters through to reach an emotional and physical place of meditation. Beginning at the street level, the collected media move upwards and continue to shed pieces of chaos until reaching the point of self-reflection. The surrounding colors simplify and there is a transferrance from the physical to the emotional. Following the ideas represented in the collage, the space utilized platforms that physically represent the stages of elevating to meditation. The platforms are bare with the exception of their materiality to give the users the ability to create the space they prefer en route to their sacred space. The platforms also filter the natural light coming into the entrance space from above. The darkest space is at the ground level where multiple platforms are shading the surface area. Moving up through the platforms the space becomes lighter as the space between platforms increases and the number of platforms decreases.

Left: Harvard School of Graduate Design in Cambridge, MA Above: Collage guiding the design intent of the circulation, elevation, and meditation Opposite: Models of the circulating stairs and platforms leading to the meditation space

Tropical Skyscraper

300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida The Tropical Skyscraper is a high-end residential skyscraper between the Brickell and Downtown districts of Miami. The tower sits on the Miami River, the historic river that is home to residential towers, fisherman docks, restaurants, and parks. This location proves to be the ideal location for both the international market that seeks residence in Miami and the local population seeking to live in this vibrant part of the city. Historic and ecological features of the Miami River and site were the main factors guiding the design process to the skyscraper. The curves of the Tropical Skyscraper were inspired by the curve of the river mouth and manipulated to enhance the views for residents from the tower. 300 Biscayne Boulevard sits adjacent to the Miami River’s dock for large yachts and the expanding Miami Riverwalk, making a porous and accessible ground level important at the pedestrian scale. At this ground level a park, restaurant, and cafe engage the public, while amenities above the parking garage in the first building remain private to residents. The Tropical Skyscraper creates a wonderful space for the residents of the building, and also creates opportunities of engagement with the public at its iconic location.

Left: 300 Biscayne Boulevard along the Miami River, Miami, Florida Opposite: Built Model View from the South East corner

Above: Parti of design scheme, optimal views, and program and topography Opposite: Map of the site showing the surrounding context and the ecological features of the Miami location




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0. Building Entrance 1. Parking Entrance + Exit 2. Lobby 3. Restaurant + Cafe 4. Outdoor Seating 5. Dog Park 6. Ramp Exit from Upper Level 7. Family Pool 8. Hot Pool 9. Adult Lounge Pool 10. Master Balcony 11. Master Suite 12. Bedroom Spaces 13. Living Spaces 14. Kitchen 15. Service Spaces 16. Patio Balcony



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5 Penthouse Apartments 2 Levels

65 Apartments 1 Level

Pool Deck

10 Amenity Levels

8 Parking Levels

Below: View from an East facing balcony Opposite: Model view from the Miami River mouth looking West

Charlotte Perriand’s Beach House Unbuilt

Studies of the Beach House by Charlotte Perriand were used to understand modularity in a small scale setting and careful considerations of the surrounding environment. The Beach House was designed for a competition entry for affordable vacation homes in France and went unbuilt after winning second place; however, it is an impressive precedent to try and understand. The remaining evidence of the project can be found in a small selection of architectural journals. The Beach House is designed to be expandable, where the module used to for the core spaces of the home can be multiplied. This is an important aspect for the adaptability of the building to its programmatic needs. Additionally, the building is raised from the ground and makes minimal impact on the ground. Minimizing the ground impact is particularly important in sensitive environmental locations. Perriand also considered the flexibility of spaces and the possibility that the kitchen in one home could be less important in a second home and therefore a smaller space.

Left: Possible beach location in Concarneau, France Above: Section sketch Opposite: Built model made of bass wood showing adaptable modules

Vacation Villa

Virginia Key, Florida The Vacation Villa is a small getaway on the Virginia Key barrier island and public park in Miami, Florida. The island is a protective island for inland Miami during storms and high tides, stifling some of the heavy storm surge before it hits the mainland. Although the island plays an important environmental role for the City of Miami, it also serves a public service to the citizens. The park includes the bayfront beach and public parkgrounds that people enjoy throughout the year. It is common for school groups to come to the island and the Virginia Key Vacation Villa can be used to serve the island’s educational needs when not in use by the client. The potential viewing points, site location, and multifunctional use of the Vacation Villa generate its overall design concept. The platform is split into a public mass that is available to the private owner, school groups, and park goers. The private mass is accessible only by the private user and is designed to discourage others from entering it. The shape of the platform is generated by the views from the site and these public and private needs.

Left: Virginia Key public beach, Miami, Florida Opposite: Built model views of the private mass entrance (above) and the public patio space (below)

Above: (top) diagram of views and paths, (bottom) site plan Opposite: Section view looking South (section cut indicated in site plan)

Perched Pavilions Pigeon Key, Florida

Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys is a small island used for research and education. The island is small and susceptible to hurricanes and extreme weather in the short-term, and sea-level rise in the longterm. Studying native and resilient plants, such as mangroves and seagrass guided the resiliency strategies and design scheme for the research lab, Perched Pavilions. The important ideas from these studies were redundancy and networking to create structures that can continue to survive even if portions of the structure are damaged. The organization of programming in the connected pavilions and collection of solar energy and water through the butterfly roofs all contribute to the redundancy and networking to create a resilient center. Even more, one of the pavilions reaches out from the island’s land, with its foundations digging into the shallow waters. This pavilion gives the experimental research programming a place to proactively understand and experiment in what may be a future phenomenon in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Team: Emily Elkin and Brendan Fagan

Left: Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys, Florida Opposite: Pigeon Key and the site of the Perched Pavilions within the island



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Above: Models studying networking and circulation Opposite: Climate studies showing wind patterns coming from the South and sun/ shadow studies

0. Perched Plaza 1. Entrance to Lobby 2. Entrance through Ramp 3. Sheltered Space 4. Outdoor Sheltered Experimental Space 5. Shallow Water Experimental Space 6. Elevated Plaza 7. Entrance to Viewing Deck 8. Entrance to Ramp and Boat Dock 9. Offices and Labs 10. Classrooms and Labs 11. Classrooms, Labs, and Offices


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Left: (top) ground level plan, (bottom) first and second level plan Opposite: Site plan with building roof plan

Butterfly roofs collect rainwater and distribute down through the building Vertical shading on East and West facades decreases thermal heat load 6 ft overhangs decrease thermal heat load

“Chimneys� release hot air from spaces and increase ventilation Restored mangrove enclave protects from storm surge and introduces habitat refuge

Above: Elevation looking West showing design strategies utilized to ensure the resiliency and sustainability of the Perched Pavilions

Breezeways increase natural ventilation and capitalize on South Eastern winds

Existing ramp connects the old Seven-Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key, and comes through the Perched Pavilions

14 ft FEMA Flood Regulation and blow-out floor

Boat dock for access to the Perched Pavilions and to Pigeon Key, creating a new access point to the island

Above: Collage of building and site

ULI Hines Competition Chicago, Illinois

Made in Chicago builds on Chicago’s rich history as a manufacturing and distribution center. The project proposes a dynamic district that incubates 21st century industry and establishes an identity as the city’s center of innovation and opportunity. The project features an extensive panorama of locallymade goods and systems as both a business and marketing base. Advancing the goals of Chicago’s Planned Manufacturing Districts to “foster the city’s industrial base” and “maintain its diversified economy,” this district provides a full spectrum of products and processes, celebrating the range and evolution of production by-hand, by-machine, and by-technology. The intent of Made in Chicago was generated by the location within an industrial corridor. Industrial corridor’s were created in Chicago to create local jobs and draw industry to the city. These corridors played a significant role for Chicago’s well-being during The Great Depression; however, have become forgotten in modern times. As large manufacturing and industry has left these districts, city officials are trying to find the best solutions for rehabilitating the large parcels of land. Made in Chicago keeps the integrity of the industrial corridor by re-introducing local industry while being innovative and embracing the culture of mixeduse planning. Industry is surrounded by commerce, residential buildings, a hotel, an extension of the riverwalk, and a public plaza. Team: Emily Elkin, Reem Najjar, Corey Weiss, Brandon Fennel, and Ian Griggs

Left: Context map showing the site within Chicago, Illinois Opposite and Following Pages: Competition boards submitted to the ULI Hines Design competition

Emilio Sanchez: A Generous Life

Miami Dade Public Library Miami, Florida Emilio Sanchez was an extremely prolific and talented painter. He began each morning with a still life painting and then progressed to his well‑known architectural paintings. Sanchez’s work is represented internationally, and he has donated much of his private work to collections, especially in Miami. Many of these donated works, images, and documents can be found in the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection and display the range of his abilities and interests. The photographs of work that he has donated were originally thought to have little worth; however, it was recently realized that many of the photographed paintings are unaccounted for. The photographs may be a small piece of proof for finding and identifying Emilio Sanchez paintings around the world. In addition to pieces of work, photographs, and sketchbooks, Sanchez has also donated a significant amount of his personal papers and documents to the Vasari Project. This exhibition contains a representative selection of his donated material and is in conjunction with the “Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections” exhibition curated by Dr. Victor Deupi, at the Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida. “Emilio Sanchez: A Generous Life” showcases a wide collection of works, some being unfinished, that offer insight into the brilliant artist’s lifestyle, mindset, and talent. This exhibition on Emilio Sanchez shows the exploratory nature of studying his life and works, connecting pieces to photographs, letters, and stories.

Left: Miami Dade Public Library, Miami, Florida Above: Emilio Sanchez travelling in Bermuda Opposite (clockwise from top left): Paisaje Cubano en Camaguey (1955), Cerca de la Habana Cuba (1957), Untitled [Yellow House with Shutters Ajar], Untitled [From Inside the New York City Studio], The Yellow House by Ricardo Pau-Llosa (January 1982), Untitled [Blonde Hair Blue Eyes, Black Hair Blue Eyes (1985)

Miami’s Rising and Setting Watercolor on Paper

This watercolor series was based on a collection of photographs taken from Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida throughout a full day. They start from early morning and end past sunset, allowing for a comprehensive study of light, water, and sky. Studies and sketches look at color relationships and composition, leading to the final painting. Miami’s Rising and Setting displays the Miami skyline at a crucial point in its existence. From this point on, the skyline has continued to evolve with the development of the Brickell and Downtown neighborhoods of Miami. In the painting a simple and rectangular skyline is shown; however, the complex new buildings in the area have begun moving the skyline away from its rigidity and regularity into a more fluid and diverse building landscape.

Left: Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida Opposite: Watercolor paintings of the Miami Skyline

2014 2017

Emily Elkin | Creative Portfolio | 2017  

Portfolio of works ranging from 2014 to 2017.

Emily Elkin | Creative Portfolio | 2017  

Portfolio of works ranging from 2014 to 2017.