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felipe romero university of illinois at chicago _school of architecture

content reaching striations: highbridge park _international ideas competition

transformation of the plane _pro-portions visitor center for the farnsworth house

blending interiors[building] & exteriors[landscape] _water taxi wolfpoint

shift _atelier and gallery 1712 s. halsted

professional work [model] _wheeler kearns architects

reaching striations: highbridge park semester: fall 2009 instructor: deborah fausch

given the freedom to redesign the highbridge park in manhattan and the bronx, new york with the focus of an arts incubator; i began to question the site in reference to the research. the brief did not address the real issue therefore i proposed what was needed for the site to solve the separation of both cities and bring them together. the final concept then dealt with the identity issue of both manhattan and the bronx. manhattan presented a separation between landscape and urban fabric, which i proposed to extend the park into the city and the city into the park. the bronx offered an undefined landscape where built forms rested, i then suggested that more building forms be added which began to define the landscape.

RREA RE EAC EA ACHIN HING ST STRIATI TRIIAAT ATITIONNSS: HIHIGH RIRIDGE GE PARK PARK PA

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

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site in relationship to body of water.

separation of land masses: manhattan vs. the bronx.

two different identities formed by grid systems.

green spaces are connected with a single pedestrian connection

infrastructure connection and public transportation system serve the site as an accessible park for the rest of new york.

INITIAL SITE PROPOSAL

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overall site analysis.

park proposal: have the park extend into the city and serve as a connector to metro system.

city proposal: have the city extend into the park and towards the river.

river proposal: river extends into park and city.

overall site proposal

REDEVELOPED CONCEPT_MANHATTAN VS. THE BRONX IDENTITY

defined city fabric.

undefined landscape.

city fabric sits adjacent to landscape [clear separation between built form and landscape.

built forms sit on the undefined landscape.

landscape reaches into the defined city to redefine open space.

the addition of built forms begins to define and form the landscape.

DEVELOPMENT PHASE OUTLINE

outdoor atmosphere: entertainment hub outdoor atmosphere: relaxation mounds

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EXPERIENTIAL LANDSCAPE ENVIRONMENT

forest

marsh

skate

museum

prairie

beach

mountain

moonscape

transformation of the plane semester: spring 2010 instructor: dan wheeler

given the issue of a small and sub programmed visitor center for one of the mecca’s in architecture of 20th century, the issue would then become a conversation of a visitor center that could over whelm or under whelm the farnsworth house. with that said, my proposal would take on a visitor center that is over twice the size of the weekend get away house and departing from it but maintaining a reference to it. this lead to a design of a visitor center that could be another great building of the 21st century.

kitchen

dining wc

mechanical

wc

bed room

patio

living room

office

patio

parallel planes

orthogonal cores

exposed structure on skin

fluid program circulation

patio meeting room

library work space

executive office

video room gallery

projector nature well

gallery reception

gallery

cashier

cashier storage

fountains sinks

cafe

gallery

mechanical sinks

squeezed & penetrated planes

shop

WCs

patio

ameba cores

hidden structure by skin

separate programs & multiple circulation paths

pond

mound

lifting, lowering ground plane & creation of constant planes

special event mound

pond

circular cores

exposed natural structure

flexible program & circulation

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view from parking: arrival to the visitor center

view of the open gallery upon entering visitor center

view into shop

view into video room

view after returning from the farnsworth house

blending interiors [building] & exteriors [landscape] semester: fall 2008 instructor: iker gil

given the program to design a new water taxi station situated in wolf point (where the chicago river splits to the north and south branch) was a neglected site. with the lack of public recreational area, this new water taxi station is designed to revive the site and absorb pedestrians from the sidewalk down to the docks. therefore the concept deals with the blending of interior and exteior spaces, though i felt it was not enough. i then sprinkled the site with “rubber goosebumps� and allow for more public interaction and freedom to be programmed by the public and act as a performance space to serve more than just a water taxi station.

water:

45%

open space:

15%

built:

40%

within a

3 mile ² area

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the river’s edge surrounds the site but does not interact.

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site is not connected to the existing public transportation system.

Wolf Point Water Station

CHICAGO LOOP new river edge cuts into the site and site extends into the river.

site is now part of the water taxi transportation system.

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the site only has three accessible entrances for its city public.

the site is separated from the chicago river walk system.

the new street edge is redefined to expand into the site and allow for unlimited access points.

proposal to expand the site and be part of the chicago river walk system.

SPECIAL PROGRAM POTENTIAL the landscape is sprinkled with rubber seats that come out or cave into the ground. in some special moments a hole occurs where glass is placed on top and bottom and serves as a club lighting for the wolf point night live that will be generated. along the same method of sprinkling, vertical elements occur. tree planter

individual hole

subject inside hole

feet inside hole

business break meeting

group seating

toddler inside hole

relaxation mound

standing on mound

couple on top of mound

light post for night live

karate mound

mound serves as ramp

single mound seat

floor/ceiling light

break dancing mound

floor/ceiling purple light

mound for jumping

floor/ceiling orange light

yoga mound

floor/ceiling green light

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shift semester: fall 2007 instructor: deborah fausch

the atelier/gallery was an infill mix-use structure for a famous fashion designer that were to integrate into the pilsen art district. the idea was to design a structure that expressed their style of work. my designers were dolce and gabbana and what i translated from their style of work to the structure was patterning and stitching of different patterns to create a whole outfit. i also expressed the way in which they perform their runways shows and their interest in them being interior or exterior and wanting to be close to the public because at the end they are the consumers.

SITE ANALYSIS: CHICAGO, IL

DESIGNER INSPIRATION & RESEARCH

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16th St.

18th St. 18th St.

Metra Station CTA Expressway

Union Ave.

Halsted 17th Pl.

Dan Ryan Expressway

16th Pl.

Newberry Ave.

17th St.

phase 1: outdoor runway

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summer solstice: noon

exploded construction assembly process & loads

professional work [model] winter 2010 team: felipe romero and ieva donev

during my winter intership in wheeler kearns architects i was part of the model building team. the tasks were divided evenly and involved building a detailed site model for an infill residential project. then to build the proposed structure with interiors and a landscape.


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