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Ivan Silvestre

Work Samples 508 North May, Chicago, IL 60622 ivansilvestre@gmail.com 312.753.9612


Projects A Tower For Penn Center Infrastructural Landscapes Farnsworth Huts Universal Widespan


A Tower for Penn Center Fall 2009

Beneath the boughs of St. Helena’s live oaks and along it’s marshy shores lies the historic Penn Center. Known as the first school to educate freed slaves, it has recently been experiencing a revival. Droves of visitors has resulted in a need for new facilities. With the lack of a major landmark and central point in the site, I proposed a tower that would distinguish the site and provide a cohesion within it. TREE COVER

Water Tower

St. Helena Island

The ideal site to me was the old water tower. Rising above the canopy of live oaks, it would be able to provide beautiful vistas of the lowcountry.


The bridge connects the present and the past. The viewing

tower provides unobstructed vistas of the low-country, giving the viewers an understanding of the Gullah people’s inextricable ties with the lush landscape. The water tank acts as a visual time capsule. It’s interior walls are projected with images of the Gullah people’s history and culture.

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Shutters on the viewing tower can be individually controlled to open or close by rotating a wheel connected to a system of gears.


Section through water-tank

With all the shutters closed, the tower’s facade acts as a projectable surface to commemorate important days.


Infrastructural Landscapes

Team: Hyesun Jeong Malike Ajose Ivan Silvestre

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Surrounding the city center of Chicago is Burnham’s Emerald Necklace. His idea was to create a verdant green loop around the city composed of boulevards and parks. While all the parks still function the boulevards that connect them remain desolate with strips of unused land in between.

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Plan showing proposed routes for dedicated shuttles and bikes along the boulevard. These new routes are meant to promote pedestrain activity along the Emerald Necklace and create a more cohesive network.


Boulvevard Typologies This plan shows how the different boulevards will be treated and what programs will occupy them.

Pedestrian Path Bicycle Path Jogging Path Recreational Path Leisure Path Plazas Bike Rental Outdoor Theater


Landscape Axonometric Aside from supporting communal, recreational and leisure activities, the proposed infrastructure also serves as a water retention site. Bioswales within the site ensure that urban runoff doesn’t pollute the Lake Michigan.Water is naturally filtered before it reaches the lake.

Axonometric Section showing how the bioswale functions


Farnsworth Huts Spring 2010

Team: Jibril Ahmadu Steve Kuo Ivan Silvestre

With a constant stream of visitors coming to see the historic Fanrsworth House, a need for visitor shelters arose. Our proposal for huts located adjacent to the Farnsworth house site would accomodate their transient presence.

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Spatial configuration of Farnsworth House

The idea behind the visitor hut was to create a space that would relate to the Farnsworth House. Observing the static spatial conditions of the house (closed, semi-open, open)we decided to apply these similar ideas except that the hut would have a more dynamic space. It’s user can choose his/her own preferred space with the simple rotation of a large door.


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Studying various configurations of communal huts began early in the project. The scheme of shared columns between the huts not only allows for efficient design, but creates a rigid connection between them.


Universal Widespan Fall 2010

This focus of this studio was to design a widespan structure. The initial idea for this project was to design a widespan structure for the Middle East, with elegant curves inspired by the Arabian dunes. The material of choice was concrete. Curved Beam

18�x 18� Grid Waffle Slab

Tree-form Column


The beam depth increases towards the middle to account for increased force from the center of the slab. The branching of the columns ensure that the weight supported by the columns is evenly distributed.

This exploded axonometric shows how the tree-form column would connect to the beam. The middle piece would act as a padding and all members would be pre-cast.


The ramps system is supported by fin columns and connected to them are beams that support the landings.


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