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Units Type 3 :: Free Platforms
Wai Kau resort means â€œwater treeâ€? and refers to the two most important generative site elements: water and vegetation. On a site scale, the project creates a series of microclimates along a natural stream which defines the built extents. The stream forms a spine alone which the resort moves; major buildings are concentrated in three groups defined by unique microclimates along this spine, placed in order to take advantage of views, water proximity, and natural ventilation according to t o p o g r a p h y .
Units Type 2 ::
Units Type 1 :: Full Service
Dense Forest Vegetable Garden Restaurant Dense Vegetation
Connection to the development Lobby
Connection to main road
WAI KAU RESORT, FIJI
Section 1 :: Tropical Microclimate
Section 2 :: Water Microclimate
Section 3 :: Arid Microclimate
MAPPING SITE INFORMATION Slope, vegetation, and proximity to stream water are mapped over a superimposed grid and determine programmatic distribution over the site, which slopes gradually towards water.
slope value (0 to 10)
SLOPE 0 - 0% incline average 10 - 40% incline average
VEGETATION & PROXIMITY TO STREAM WATER types
0 - no vegetation 1 - grass 2 - palm trees 3 - heavy forest 4 - heavy forest 5 - heavy forest
distance to stream water
min distance> 600m 600m> min distance> 300m 300m> min distance > 0m
OBSERVATIONS/ INFORMATION ON THE SITE
vegetation type (0 to 5) VEGETATION AND SLOPE DIAGRAM
SUPERIMPOSITION OF VEGETATION AND SLOPE DIAGRAMS A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
function / weight
POSSIBLE PROGRAMMATIC DISTRIBUTIONS
MAPPING USING COMPONENT radius _ assigned value
POOLS AND GARDENS
ENTRANCE : reception, offices, shop, lobby...
SNACK/BAR/DANCEBAR OTHER PROGRAM: horticulture center, art center, kids center, performancecenter, spa and fitness center...
AGRICULTURAL GARDEN ELEVATED GARDEN POOLS
A parametric “spine,” running the length of the stream which bisects the site, is constructed. A series of sections, also developed parametrically, is skinned to provide a building framework.
1 Parametric Spine Construction
RAINWATER AND GREYWATER USAGE POINT [GREYWATER GENERATION] OFF-GRID UNIT [type 3]
A parametric roof surface component is part of an overall resource-conservation strategy which seeks to collect and use rainwater in the most efficient manner possible. Different programs and microclimates are categorized according to their resource needs, and an energy/water distribution system is configured accordingly.
RAINWATER COLLECTION SATELLITE [pool and pumphouse] RAINWATER AND GREYWATER USAGE POINT [GREYWATER AND BLACKWATE GENERATION] UNIT type 2
[grid connect] IF RAINWATER STORAGE DRY
RAINWATER MOVEMENT ACROSS SURFACE [through component]
UNIT [bathroom] types 1 and 2
RAINWATER UPHILL PUMPLINE
GREY USE [garden]
RAINWATER USAGE GREY GENERATION [pool]
RAINWATER STORAGE AND TREATMENT
Configuration 03. Planter Configuration 04. Open Structure
Configuration 02. Sheltered and Daylit
Configuration 01. Semi-Sheltered and Daylit Configuration 04. Open Structure
Roof surface component - provides rain shelter while exluding rain and direct sun - allows varying amounts of indirect sunlight to enter - in array, creates a roof which collects, transports, stores, and uses rainwater - in array, individual components may be fully closed to create a self-irrigating green roof
WATER PATH [through surface to collection]
Basic Component Configurations
_01 Semi-Sheltered and Daylit
_02 Sheltered and Daylit
_04 Open Structure
100% Allows water to enter when positive
Allows sunlight to enter as reflected light
Restricts water and light entry when negative -25%
Closed: component restricts water and light entry
Offset and Opening Dimension
Offset and Opening Dimension 100%
Functions as structural louver
A prototypical table folds so the leg structure nests inside the tabletop. The table is height-adjustable as assembled: legs lock into grooves under the table at any point along their length and are held in compression by the friction of the plywood and weight of the table, negating any need for fasteners.
Adjustable Table Frefabrication Seminar Fall 2006
Bookshelf&Luminaire Lighting&Acoustics Spring 2007
A luminaire desinged for dorm use incorporates three adjustable lights into a bookshelf. Installed above a desk, the shelf provides storage and task-adjustable direct and indirect lighting
The PUBLIC HOUSING development carries neighborhood social dynamics and economic status into a system of interspersed semi-public green spaces which pierce and naturally ventilate twenty-two componentized, reconfigurable dwelling units. As part of a COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN strategy, the projectâ€™s structure, building details, zoning and code compliance, and energy usage is examined.
HOUSING Fall 2006 Design Studio MIAMI, FLORIDA: LITTLE HAITI NEIGHBORHOOD
Interior spaces are naturally cross-ventilated and each unit faces a semi-private green courtyard.
Twenty-four dwelling units are initially identical but feature reconfigurable interior partitions for adaptability. Quick and easy Tilt-slab unit wall construction takes advantage of local unskilled labor and alternates with conventional poured-in-place concrete slabs.
Spring 2007: System Architects Burst House
SKETCHBOOK EXCERPTS Summer 2007
BUSES IN ROME
Fall 2007: Study in Rome
Oil-Painting Photoshop Mockup for Commercial Art Studio Specifications Package 2008
Commissioned & Contract Artwork Independently researched and produced decorative art commissioned by major entertainment company
Art Deco-style Illustrator Art 14x20, printed on foil 2008
THE COMMONS, ITHACA, NY Seipp Memorial Prize: Second Place SPRING 2007 DESIGN STUDIO
A design for a pavilion adjacent to Ithaca Commons capitalizes on a “secondary Commons” consisting of service alleys behind buildings which front the Commons. The alleyways are home to graffiti artists and their recurring tags; a particular artist’s pattern can be discerned from recurrent tags. A surface supporting informal cafe, theater, and gallery programs moves through secondary spaces behind the commons and is strategically deconstructed to allow views of clandestine alleyway activity. These views from the pavilion highlight images (painted graffiti and projected video) which occupy the slab sides of the Commons’ buildings.
CAFE GALLERY THEATER NETWORK OF REPETITIVELY TAGGED ART