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Architecture Portfolio

University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Design 1500-3501 2501 Ismael Saul Mejia


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+RXVWRQ,QQRYDWLRQ&HQWHU*DUGHQ2I(GHQ There is a push to bring new life into the Midtown neighbohood in Houston. A group wants to change the face of midtown by bringing in a new park and renovatingstreets. Midtown located southwest of downtown is known for its appartment communities, restaurants and night life. Not only is Midtown growing in popularity, its going to get major multimillion dollar facelift over the next years. The superblock park is on Travis betwwen Anita Steet and McGowen Street.

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to suppourt to suppourt the the 3” metal 3” metal deck deck which which thenthen supports supports the the concrete concrete slab.slab. Over Over the the performance performance hallhall the the beams beams change change dimension dimension intointo a 2’x2’ a 2’x2’ beam. beam. ThisThis allows allows for the for the performance performance hallhall to have to have no columns no columns within within the the space. space.

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The The mainmain structure structure for this for this building building include include castcast in place in place walls, walls, steelsteel beams, beams, andand framing framing walls. walls. However However instead instead of following of following a grid a grid system system for the for columns the columns the columns the columns are strategically are strategically placed placed in areas in areas Houston’s Houston’s highhigh amounts amounts of sunlight of sunlight in most in most cases cases is problematic, is problematic, however however in this in this situation situation the sunlight the sunlight is is counteracted counteracted withwith channel channel glass. glass. The The Channel Channel glassglass protections protections fromfrom largelarge amounts amounts of sunlight, of sunlight, andand provides provides privacy privacy for the for interior the interior without without reducing reducing the natural the natural lightlight fromfrom entering entering the building. the building. At night At night is when is when the channel the channel glassglass is used is used to itstofull its efficientcy full efficientcy as light as light is disbursed is disbursed through through the glass the glass to become to become a lantern a lantern to create to create a massive a massive contrast contrast withwith its neighbouring its neighbouring building. building.

A VRF A VRF or VAV or VAV system system waswas chosen chosen for for thisthis project project as itasisitaisdouble a double duct duct system system thatthat delivers delivers hothot andand cold cold air air simultaneously simultaneously to mixing to mixing units units thatthat create create thethe appropriate appropriate temperature temperature to deliver to deliver to the to the space. space. TheThe mixing mixing takes takes place place with with dampers dampers controlled controlled by by a thermostat. a thermostat. Most Most importantly importantly thethe system system waswas chosen chosen as itasreduces it reduces thethe sizesize of the of the ducts ducts as as it isitaishigh a high velocity velocity system. system. Masses Masses such such as the as the elevator elevator shafts shafts cancan be used be used as as main main centers centers for for distribution distribution of the of the duct duct work work from from

likelike eveything eveything thethe building. building. TheThe spans spans very very by area by area 15”15” x 4”,x 10’x4”, 4”, 10’x4”, etc.etc. To keep To keep thethe building building more more efficient efficient there there is aiscentral a central mass mass thatthat contains contains all the all the restrooms. restrooms. ThisThis would would reduce reduce thethe total total costcost when when constructing constructing thethe building building as this as this would would be the be the main main areaarea were were plumbing plumbing would would be located. be located.

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Structure: Structure: The The three three primary primary structure structure elements elements consisted consisted of concrete concrete walls walls (load (load bearing bearing walls), walls), Structure: The three primary structure elements consisted ofof concrete walls (load bearing walls), columns, columns, and and I-Beams. I-Beams. For For the the buildings buildings structure structure I wanted I wanted to to avoid avoid using using columns columns as as much much as possible. possible. columns, and I-Beams. For the buildings structure I wanted to avoid using columns as much asas possible. Because Because this this project project had had massive massive concrete concrete walls walls I used I used these these walls walls to to my my advantage advantage and and used used them them asas Because this project had massive concrete walls I used these walls to my advantage and used them as anchor anchor points points for for the the beams beams to to connect connect to. to. The The beams beams were were then then strategically strategically placed placed and and sized sized for for anchor points for the beams to connect to. The beams were then strategically placed and sized for speci specic locaƟons loca c locaons ons the the sizes sizes were were mostly mostly 18” 18” upup toto 24”. 24”. speciĮc the sizes were mostly 18” up to 24”. Materials: Materials: For For the the buildings buildings exterior exterior materials materials wanted I wanted toto use use concrete concrete and and metal metal panels panels toto create create Materials: For the buildings exterior materials II wanted to use concrete and metal panels to create aa a system system on on the the exterior exterior that that would would create create a pa a pa ern ern at at the the same same me. me. There There were were mul mul ple ple di di erent erent system on the exterior that would create a paƩern at the same Ɵme. There were mulƟple diīerent dimensions dimensions used used such such asas 2’x2’, 2’x2’, 4’x2’, 4’x2’, 4’x4’ 4’x4’ 4’x8’ 4’x8’ 8’x8’ 8’x8’ and and much much more. more. They They were were also also placed placed in in di dierent erent dimensions used such as 2’x2’, 4’x2’, 4’x4’ 4’x8’ 8’x8’ and much more. They were also placed in diīerent con con gura gura ons ons to to give give di di erent erent contexts contexts and and meanings. meanings. They They would would also also be be colored colored to to help help dis dis nguish nguish conĮguraƟons to give diīerent contexts and meanings. They would also be colored to help disƟnguish them them and and add add to the the concept concept of fragmenta fragmentaon. on. The The interior interior spaces spaces are are mostly mostly gypsum gypsum board board with with wood wood them and add toto the concept ofof fragmentaƟon. The interior spaces are mostly gypsum board with wood ooring ooring as as it would it would help help read read as as a single a single mass. mass. Ňooring as it would help read as a single mass. Circula Circulaon: on: For For the the buildings buildings circula circulaonon the the main main entrance entrance is clear clear as for one one to enter enter the the building building one one CirculaƟon: For the buildings circulaƟon the main entrance is is clear asas forfor one toto enter the building one must must cross cross a sky a sky bridge bridge from from the the Montrose Montrose side side (East) (East) to to enter enter to to an an open open lobby lobby een een feet feet high. high. If If must cross a sky bridge from the Montrose side (East) to enter to an open lobby ĮŌeen feet high. If entering entering from from the the underground underground tunnel tunnel one one must must cross cross under under the the skysky bridge bridge between between two two rereececngng entering from the underground tunnel one must cross under the sky bridge between two reŇecƟng pools pools into into a gree a gree ng ng center center and and eatery. eatery. The The circula circula on on is is an an “L” “L” shape shape con con gura gura on on that that is based based onon the the pools into a greeƟng center and eatery. The circulaƟon is an “L” shape conĮguraƟon that is is based on the cross cross axis axis of of the the underground underground parking parking and and CAMH CAMH building. building. All All the the programs programs are are arranged arranged to to this this cross axis of the underground parking and CAMH building. All the programs are arranged to this circula circulaonon as one one moves moves through through the the LL shape L shape circula circulaonon one one Is guided guided toto di dierent erent programs. programs. circulaƟon asas one moves through the shape circulaƟon one Is Is guided to diīerent programs.

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Site: Site: ToTo respond respond toto the the site site the the Programs Programs are are arranged arranged from from public public toto private private from from East East toto West. West. This This is is Site: To respond to the site the Programs are arranged from public to private from East to West. This is to to respond respond to to Montrose Montrose being being on on the the east east side side and and housing housing being being on on Bayard Bayard lane lane on on the the west west side. side. This This to respond to Montrose being on the east side and housing being on Bayard lane on the west side. This scheme scheme is pursued pursued as well well in the the axis axis mundi mundi asas public public programs programs are are located located beneath beneath ground ground and and the the scheme is is pursued asas well in in the axis mundi as public programs are located beneath ground and the more more private private spaces spaces are are located located in in the the second second level. level. (Public (Public being being Performance Performance Hall, Hall, Eateries, Eateries, Etc.: Etc.: more private spaces are located in the second level. (Public being Performance Hall, Eateries, Etc.: Private Private being being Administra Administraon,on, Gallery, Gallery, and and Public Public Library Library Spaces, Spaces, Etc.) Etc.) Private being AdministraƟon, Gallery, and Public Library Spaces, Etc.) Structure Structure Model Model Structure Model

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Concept: Concept: The The main main concept concept of this this building building is that that ofof Fragmenta Fragmentaon. on. This This was was not not the the original original concept concept Concept: The main concept ofof this building is is that of FragmentaƟon. This was not the original concept however, however, at at rst rst the the concept concept was was that that of of a dangerous a dangerous place place as as the the CAMH’s CAMH’s goal goal is is a “safe a “safe place place for however, at Įrst the concept was that of a dangerous place as the CAMH’s goal is a “safe place forfor dangerous dangerous art”. art”. AtAt rstrst the the building building did not not have have anan order order toto it,it, it was was it was “chao “chaoc”,c”, nono speci specic c dangerous art”. At Įrst the building diddid not have an order to it, it “chaoƟc”, no speciĮc arrangements arrangements or or ordering ordering systems. systems. At At a point a point in in the the semester semester a quote a quote from from Sou Sou Fujimoto Fujimoto was was the the main main arrangements or ordering systems. At a point in the semester a quote from Sou Fujimoto was the main inspira inspira on on (When (When many many things things commingle commingle together…. together…. they they become become something something huge huge like like forests forests or or inspiraƟon (When many things commingle together…. they become something huge like forests or ci cies)es) AsAs wewe saw saw the the CAMH, CAMH, this this building building was was mass: a mass: single single in in origin origin simple. simple. This This building building following following ciƟes) As we saw the CAMH, this building was aa mass: single in origin simple. This building following being being opposite opposite of of the the CAMH CAMH became became a building a building of of mul mul ple ple elements elements commingling commingling to to become become huge a huge being opposite of the CAMH became a building of mulƟple elements commingling to become aa huge building, building, not not of of single single in in origin origin but but of of mul mul ple ple elements elements forming forming something something bigger bigger than than what what they they are are building, not of single in origin but of mulƟple elements forming something bigger than what they are separately. separately. separately. Space: Space: The The spaces spaces themselves themselves follow follow threea three-erer grid grid system system in in the the eleva elevaonon split split into into three three equal equal Space: The spaces themselves follow aa three-Ɵer grid system in the elevaƟon split into three equal pieces. pieces. (15’ (15’ and and 15’ 15’ total total 15’) 15’) Then Then the the spaces spaces are are de de ned ned by by the the program program themselves. themselves. With With the the taller pieces. (15’ and 15’ total 15’) Then the spaces are deĮned by the program themselves. With the taller taller pieces pieces represen represen ng ng more more important important spaces spaces These These een een feet feet grid grid lines lines are are used used as as a datum a datum line line in in pieces represenƟng more important spaces These ĮŌeen feet grid lines are used as a datum line in which which the the oors oors are to. From From here here the the spaces spaces Follow Follow aa another a another system system of 5’ dimensions. dimensions. which the Ňoors areare to.to. From here the spaces Follow another system ofof 5’ 5’ dimensions.

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