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Jeff Mercado | University of Illinois at Chicago | Architecture portfolio
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Project 1: Geomimicry N. Canal & W. Lake St. High-rise mixed use infill Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea
Project 2: Bifurcation N. Kingsbury St. & W. Erie St. Landscape infill Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino Illustrator, Photoshop Kerkythea
Project 3: X-Factor Lake Michigan Interior Urbanism Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea
Project 4: DeCompressed Galien, Michigan Software used: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, Photoshop, Kerkythea
Project 5: Revit Architecture examples Unspecified location Software used: Revit Architecture 2011, 3ds max
following the river to create form & views | Highrise mixed use
Utilizing the curve of the Chicago river to create form, the project tries to maximize views towards the downtown area and towards the west. This is evident mainly in the residential units, where views are focused either east or west, with circulation corridors that expose a panoramic view. Office spaces also contain these focused views as well, with floor partitions dictating what can be seen. However, one main condition that exists throughout the building, are large lobbies that allow unrestricted views towards any direction.The buildings functions as a mixed use building with retail, office spaces, and residential. However, many of the floors can be realigned with a spacious bay system that can accommodate various programs.
Relation to surrounding context. Buildings surrounding the site have geometry that flows with the river 1. Riverbend Building | 2. 333 Wacker | 3. View south from Wolf Point showing curvature of river, and how buildings follow curve
3. 1. Identifying the river boundary and exploitation of a simple curve to create form, hence geomimicry. 2. Extrusion of base curve to create tower.
Views to the North, East, and South from site
3. Addition of stepbacks along curve to provide plazas. Extrusion of curves and stepbacks are mirrored on southern facade.
Student, Senior, Low income housing
Views to the west:
Residential units in this variation have westward view. Circulation corridors have panoramic views to the downtown area Lobbies have unrestricted views. Office levels have focused views to the east or west. This is a variation of a typical residential floor, other variations face eastward.
1. Site plan 2. Residential variation 3. Office 4. Retail
Construction sequence: 1. Excavation 2. Railroad isolation tunnel 3. Lower tower construction 4. Upper tower construction 5. Completion
Bifurcation: Creating spaces for an art museum | The inbetween landscape Using previous projects to influence design, bifurcation creates curved forms that create space. In between the separate buildings, a system of ramps creates circulatory patterns that bifurcate and come back together, connecting the various galleries as well as other spaces. In addition to the ramps, a system of tunnels connect most of the spaces in addition with the ramps. The museum is generalized into one central theme, as the museumâ€™s works critique society from the 1970â€™s to the present, arranged in a way that features artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, and Jenny Holzer. This progression of social critique is furthermore enhanced in the articulation of intended movement, as influenced by the ramp and tunnel networks. As a result, visitors experience a narrative history of a controversial past and present, to create an understanding of American society past and present.
Cindy Sherman: exploring feminism
Barbara Kruger: Criticism of cultural movements and politics
Robert Longo: Violence in society Jenny Holzer: critique of politics
Artist work examples. Pieces are located in the galleries through historical timelines. See diagram on page 3 on locations of artist work.
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Entrance: limited circulation only
Photography of Sherman & Kruger
Robert Longo: artwork Coat check
Jenny Holzer work: projections on wall
Installation of Longo in middle
Storage Primary Entrance
Circulaton diagrams showing movement within landscape, allowing transition between river front park and between galleries.
Ground level plan
Second level plan
Cross sections facing east
longitudinal section facing North
Chicago lakefront arena & casino |
Gambling isnâ€™t legal unless it is on the water in Illinois. Located a quarter mile of the Chicago lake front, this project serves dual use as an arena and casino. Form is created by four primary view cones facing generalized directions facing towards and away from the city. The resulting form creates an X, allowing numerous views towards the lake and the city and within the building Itself. Utilizing a system of ramp ways that encircle the building, patrons experience seamless transitions of different atmospheres from retail, to entertainment, to arena and to casino.
views to city
low to medium cost chicago cuisine churrascaria chinese pan-asian
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retail shopping arcade chanel
se pe rat ion of tow ers
victoriaâ€™s secret express
2) Simplization of location of buildings.
views to city 21
3) From a proposed arena and casino, these buildings create view cones that help create form.
skill vs. chance
views to arena
below main floor casino
electronic games poker virtual slots
views to lake
cit s to w Vie Players lounge
9. Views not limited to exterior, but also interior via atrium conditions.
Casino 8. Project includes view ports from city and lake.
views to arena multi level
5) Rotation of the view cones. Split to the city and the lake.
7. Establishmetnt of view cones within buildings
4) The 4 main view cones to the city.
6. The result of rotation
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views to lake
1) Documentation of Iconic buildings of Chicago.
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Race & Sports lounge
arena suites for arena
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Sports booking/racing basketball hockey concerts
extreme sports dog shows horse shows monster trucks arena football soccer
security lower level gambling views to city
shows entertainment gambling suites for arena
vaults electronic games
multi level nightclub
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21 views to lake
entertainment: nightclub and bar public: retail and dining: buffets
North Casino level plan
DeCompressed: The hall family retreat | residential unit: Galien, Michigan Using client requests as a basis for design, the house features a large communal space that creates expansive views towards the surrounding countryside and pond, blending interior and exterior. The project was inspired by two intersections of volumes which separates different elements of programs of public and private. Primary construction of the house would consist of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) in a modular fashion allowing high performance building systems and reduction in time of construction.
Compressed Vs. Decompressed
Intersection of 2 bars light vs. heavy
2. SIP instalation
Lift to create wings and lighten up
3. Installation of curtain wall system and exterior siding
Punch out windows to make transparent
4. Instalation of
Site plan Landscaping strategy: to line primary entrance driveway with trees to provide privacy in an expansive landscape
North Site section
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