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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Undergraduate Portfolio Bachelor of Architecture Emily Lauren Savoca

Emily Lauren Savoca - Undergraduate Portfolio


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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Undergraduate Portfolio Bachelor of Architecture Emily Lauren Savoca

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Neue Nationalgalerie - Mies van der Rohe

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“The real architectural drawing does not result from a vision of the absent, but instead it provokes one. Rather than resulting from the gaze aimed at it, the drawing summons insight by allowing the invisible to saturate the visible, but without any attempt or claim of reducing the invisible to the visible lines of drawing. The drawing attempts to render visible the invisible as such, and thus, strictly speaking, shows nothing. It teaches the gaze to proceed beyond the visible image into an infinity whereby something new of the invisible is encountered. Thus the true ‘drawing-gaze’ never rests or settles on the drawing itself, but instead rebounds upon the visible into a gaze of the infinite.” - Marco Frascari

Introduction

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Sedici is an activity full of creative potential. The experimenter can arrange and rearrange the colorful pieces in order to discover relationships between them. The four different sized pieces occupy space in specific ways; however, they provide multiple opportunities for the board to become full. Pieces can also be stacked to create a three-dimensional design. These aspects allow the toy to teach individuals relationships between colors, shapes, depth, and even light.

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New Urbanism provides practicable ideas for otherwise abstract situations. Structure questions this relationship, and acts as both a physical strategy for organization and as an essence of physical stability. Structure exists within its context and develops in response to that context. It allows what would regularly be at an unnattainable scale to come within the realm of human proportions. It defines itself and its dynamism.

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Selected Works Thesis - Glass Blowing Studio and Residence 6-7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corning, New York Teach for America House for Teachers 8-13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rock Creek, Washington, DC VSAIA Competition 2013 Fire Station and Residence 14-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandria, Virginia Small Restaurant 16-17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monte Carasso, Ticino, Switzerland Orthopaedic Health Center 18-19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roanoke, Virginia 3rd Year Competition Dune Crossover Structure 20-21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seaside, Florida 22-23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PDE - Portable Dynamic Enclosure K. S. Baker Center for Water Resources Engineering Studies - Academic Cultural Center 24-25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blacksburg, Virginia Mobile Modular Research Center 26-27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rubondo Island, Tanzania, Africa The Art of Building 28-29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair Design 30-31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Virginia Tech Naef Toy Design Competition 32-33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monoprinting 34-35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .European Travel - Sketches & Photography

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Glass Blowing Studio and Residence Corning, New York

Glass blowing is a beautiful choreographed event. Because the glass cannot be touched while being worked, one is always somewhat removed from the material and the process. The tools used to work the glass become extensions of one’s body. The thesis begins to address the role of architecture in a place for making, through the design of a glass blowing artist’s studio and residence. The studio accommodates multiple glass blowing artists, with a central furnace to be shared among them. The furnace and annealing chambers are to be contained along the primary axis through the building and its site. Upon the axis stand multiple chimneys. The chimneys are not only objects that are indicative of and contributive to the work of the maker, but they too were once made by hand. The glass blowing studio will be located in Corning, NY, in proximity to the Corning Museum of Glass. The studio will have a relationship to the Museum and its associated glass artists despite being located in the hills surrounding the town. The Corning Museum of Glass brings artists from all countries to Corning for a month long residency program. The visiting artists use the residency as an educational experience as well as an opportunity to test the limits of their own work. The spaces will be in a constant state of transition over time.

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Fifth Year - Fall 2013

Wall Concept Drawings


Initial Charcoal Concept Drawing

1st Iteration - Lower Level Plan

1st Iteration - Upper Level Plan

Overall N-S Elevation

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House for Teachers and Public Community Center

Rock Creek, Washington, DC Professors - Susan Piedmont-Palladino & Nathan Heavers This semester-long comprehensive project was completed at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. The studio environment was unique in that it was composed of 1 architecture professor, 1 landscape architecture professor, 7 undergraduate and graduate architecture students and 11 landscape architecture graduate students. This interdisciplinary studio provided the opportunity for collaboration between the two disciplines and the development of a landscape design that became further advanced than it would have in the typical architecture studio. Teach for America’s primary purpose is to eliminate educational inequity in low-income communities across the country, in which others in the profession would otherwise avoid. The project is to be both an affordable place for these teachers to call home, as well as a community center to provide services that will aid in their professional and social development within Washington, DC. The site is located along the southern-most portion of Rock Creek, just north of the Watergate building and just south of the Whitehurst Freeway. Just across the creek is a boathouse (facing the Potomac River) that is used by daily visitors and the city’s collegiate crew teams.

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Fourth Year - Spring 2013

SITE PLAN


The site has a long history of development. It contains coastal plots that have been re-engineered, changing the flow of water in both the river and the creek. The idea of an engineered landscape was also carried into this project. How can we design a landscape that leaves evidence of what was removed or of what existed prior to redevelopment? A sectional approach to site analysis drove the project early on, and ultimately led to a building and landscape with strong sectional changes and relationships from one level to the next. Development of the terraced landscape surrounding the House for Teachers addresses the surrounding communities that are invited to use the outdoor areas. The central atrium provides each residence with its own “front yard� and opportunity for personalization, despite being within an apartment building. Despite the shift on each floor that results from the terraces, the atrium exists as a single vertical shaft. This allows for greater variation in the lengths of the residential floor plans. This can be seen in the middle sketch on the right.

Initial Massing Model

Fourth Year - Spring 2013

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Both the single and double-story apartments have a rear balcony. Those apartments located on the western side of the atrium have a balcony on one of the terraces, which provides a view of Rock Creek and the Potomac. The apartments on the eastern side of the atrium allow for views towards a majority of Washington, DC, specifically a south-east view of the Washington Monument.

Axonometric of Residential Spaces

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Fourth Year - Spring 2013


2nd Floor Plan

3rd Floor Plan

4th Floor Plan

5th Floor Plan

Southern Elevation

Fourth Year - Spring 2013

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An exploration of Primary and Secondary structural systems differentiated by material was tested in this multi-use building. Structure became a way to distinguish between public and private spaces and sometimes between interior and exterior spaces within the site. A covered, but open air atrium exists within the upper four and a half oors. It appears as a cross in plan and is defined by steel structural framing. The structure for the remaining majority of the building is concrete. Excavation of earth for underground parking provided some of the soil for the terraced landscape. This consequently allowed for the design of a terraced building typology.

N-S Section Through Atrium

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Perspective Facing South, Along the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Software - Revit Architecture

Fourth Year - Spring 2013

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2013 Virginia Society AIA Prize Interschool Design Competition Weekend long Competition to design a landmark Fire Station and Dwelling for the Beauregard community of Alexandria, Virginia. (Board at right - Building Section) This 48 hour competition focused on the ideas of Quickness and Permanence in architecture. “Fire has the power to both generate and devastate life.� The proposal suggests two individual buildings; one for the fire station, storage, and housing for the fire fighters, and a second for other residents in the community and a small shop. The two buildings are physically connected by an underground room for community activities, watching television, or sitting and reading. This space is to be shared by residents from both buildings. A hearth is located within the passage as well as in the courtyard between the buildings. Rather than being located centrally within a building, it is located centrally within this new community.

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Fourth Year - Spring 2013


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Site Plan

Interior Perspective

Longitudinal Building Section

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Fourth Year - Fall 2012


Small Restaurant Monte Carasso, Ticino, Switzerland Professor - Clive Vorster

An exploration of “Continuity in Architecture”. Continuity pertains to an uninterrupted connection, succession, or union and manifests itself in the physical, theoretical and psychological essence of a space. The colonnade conveys the idea of repetitive form in architecture. Despite the potential for discontinuity in a work, repetitive form involves some degree of internal consistency: in the physical realm or in its underlying context. A discontinuity arises when expectations are not fulfilled. This circumstance is not necessarily a negative one, but rather one that defines the architectural intention of the architect.

Restaurant Floor Plan

How does the architect extend an incomplete colonnade? The existing column grid of the colonnade of the Primary School (Luigi Snozzi) in Monte Carasso, Switzerland is continued onto the southern side of the site with the placement of what appear to be truncated columns. Rather than continuing the arcade into the “upper level” of the restaurant as the fourth side of the courtyard, an inverse relationship will exist to reiterate the emphasis on the restaurant’s interior. Floor to ceiling glazing replaces the columns and contributes to the underlying order of the extended arcade.

Transverse Building Section

Fourth Year - Fall 2012

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Orthopaedic Health and Surgical Center Site - Roanoke, VA - Bus Depot Professor - Robert Holton The project began with a programmatic requirement of a bus station and a health center on the same site. The maintenance of an existing historical facade also had to be taken into consideration. This project focused on the relationship between human form and architectural form. A structural dialogue developed between the body and the building. Materiality and the desire for gradual aging or weathering was considered when selecting a juxtaposition of copper panels and grey ďŹ r boards for the building’s exterior.

E-W Building Section

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Third Year - Spring 2012


Concrete Circulation, Roof, andCirculation, Floor Roof, and Floor Concrete Slabs with Glass Curtain Wall Slabs with Glass Curtain WallRoanoke, VA - 37°N

Overall Drawing 3/16” = 1’0” Orthopaedic Health Center Details 9/16” = 1’0” Roanoke, VA - 37°N Silver Fir Panels, 6”

Metal Flashing Batt Insulation, 3” Rigid Metal Air and Vapor Barrier Blocking Horizontal Mullion, 4” Rigid Insulation, 3” Vertical Mullion, 5” Roofing Membrane with Wear Course Vapor Barrier Vertical Mullion, 4” Reinforced Concrete Roof Slab and Parapet, 12” thick Rebar, #5 Copper Panels, 6”

Soil Fill and Grass Steel Girder, 9”x18”

Spandrel Glass

Steel Beam, 6”x14” Concrete Foundation Wall, 12”

Glass Curtain Wall

Concrete Ramp, 12” Concrete Footing Earth with gravel fill

Nut Washer Angle Bracket, 4” Bolt Connection to Mullion Anchor Bolt in concrete, 12”

Third Year - Spring 2012

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3rd Year Design Competition 2011 Project Partner - Rebecca Carle

The competition prompted the design a dune crossover structure to rebuild one of the boardwalk structures on the coast of Seaside, Florida. It was important to incorporate current photo voltaic technologies into the architectural design. New Urbanism provides practicable ideas for otherwise abstract situations. Structure acts as both a physical strategy for organization and as the essence of physical stability. Structure exists within its context and develops in response to that context. It allows what would regularly be at an unattainable scale to come within the realm of human proportions. It defines itself and its dynamism.

Model at 3/4” = 1’0” Scale

Pavilion - Photoshop Render

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Third Year - Fall 2011


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Ramp and Platform Plan

Site Section

Third Year - Fall 2011

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PDE - Portable Dynamic Enclosure Professor - Robert Holton

The PDE was a two-week long project in which each student selected a field of study with a department physically located on the Virginia Tech Campus. The charge was to analyze the qualities, elements, and agendas of the chosen discipline and then develop an architectural premise that, in conjunction with the human body, presented these culturally influential ideas. The human body is the site. How can a set of strategies be developed that allow the portable dynamic enclosure to transform between point, line, plane, and volume?

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K. S. Baker Center for Water Resources Engineering Studies - Academic Cultural Center Professor - Robert Holton

Following the PDE, the semester-long project was to design an Academic Cultural Center for the chosen field of study on campus that focuses on research as part of its curriculum. Water Resources Engineering involves research on storm-water flow and filtration, among other topics. The idea of a structure for water filtration developed into one of light filtration. This becomes present in both the building’s structure and the building’s envelope. The ACC is sited on Virginia Tech’s Campus, next to the already existing building for the Water Resources Engineering Department’s research labs. Hancock Hall contains the Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory.

Main Entrance Approach

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Third Year - Fall 2011


Overall Building Model

Ground Floor Lobby Interior

Top Floor Balcony

E-W Building Section

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the (im)permanence of lightness 2nd Year - Spring Semester 2011 Professor - Clive Vorster What is lightness? What is the consequence of our architecture? The Proposal: Design a Mobile, Modular, Prefabricated Laboratory. Include spaces for: Conducting Research Educating the Local People 2-3 Researches to Sleep The Client: Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) The primary purpose of Tanzania National Parks is conservation. This is accomplished through the preservation of the country’s natural and cultural resources. The parks hope to protect the country from the growing human population, not only for the current residents, but also for the future of mankind.

East Elevation

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Second Year - Spring 2011

North Elevation


Multiple aspects of Lightness are important throughout this project. Physical lightness aids in shipping and construction, but it is also important for the structure to leave a minimal impact at the site. When the laboratory is taken away it could leave something at the site or it could leave no trace at all. The impermanence of the structure itself gives it a light quality, simply because of its ability to be removed from the site at any time. But there is also a heaviness. The laboratory has a responsibility to the site, not only to provide a place for experimenting, living and teaching, but also to positively affect the nature surrounding it.

West Elevation

South Elevation

Second Year - Spring 2011

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Design a Chair of Lightness The Art of Building Professor - Clive Vorster

CNC Routing Process:

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Second Year - Spring 2011


A freedom of movement exists within the bench. It can serve one individual, or be adjusted to accommodate two. The voids can be wide or narrow, as can the solids. Fighting against this freedom is the weight of the object, necessary and thus responsible for the stability of the object. With only two components and no permanent connections, the object becomes impermanent. It is this quality that gives the bench its “lightness�. However, this lightness is in fact impermanent itself because a balance, both literally and figuratively, must arise between lightness and weight. It is this condition which causes the (im)permanence of lightness to manifest itself.

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2009-2010 Naef Toy Design Competition Virginia Tech 6th Place (out of 100+ entries) Poplar board, wooden dowels and MDF pieces. The board and game pieces were all hand-painted and hand-sanded individually. Competition Board is shown at right.

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First Year - Spring 2010


Sedici Sedici

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monoprint: a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block, such as a metal plate. There are many techniques of monoprinting, but the defining characteristic of this printmaking method is that no two prints are alike.

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Monoprinting


Monoprinting

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Piazza della Signoria - Florence, Italy

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Fourth Year Study Abroad - Fall 2012

Notre Dame du Haut - Ronchamp, France

Kunsthaus - Bregenz, Austria


Vitra Fire Station - Weil am Rhein

Zentrum Paul Klee - Bern, Switzerland

Villa Savoye - Poissy, France

Fourth Year Study Abroad - Fall 2012

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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Emily Lauren Savoca 107 Simi Ct. Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 609.313.3749 emilyls@vt.edu

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