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Jennifer van der Sloot Virginia Tech 2009-2014


p7. Thesis p15. Abandonment p21. Old Town Library p27. Urban Lab Observatory p33. Watershed Observatory p39. Single Family Home


p44. Virginia Society Competition p46. Third Year Competion


p50. Cardboard Chair p52. Photography



Thesis Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Site: Rochester, NY The thesis began as an exploration of building in an established downtown as a response to the suburbs proving increasingly unsustainable. As the thesis developed, it grew into a question of how the building serves as a mediator, both between the site and the city in reintroducing an abandoned or empty site and between the individual and the city in shaping how the individual exists within the city. Methods of Exploration:hand modeling, sketching, photoshop, photography, autoCAD


The Border The site is located at the intersection of two one-way streets- Court Street and South Ave. Near buildings house a library, a parking garage, and offices. Objectives: 1. Create a wall to the city 2. Create a presence on the corner and along the street 3. Allow for circulation through the site along the river, through the old subway, from the city to the river

Lower Level- Subway

The Subway Existing on the site is the entrance to an abandoned subway tunnel and a dip within the site where it came out while still in use. The intent was to create a vertical connection between the building and the subway level.

The River At the moment, there is drop from the edge of the site to the river The intent was to connect the river and the building, consequently creating a stronger relationship between the city and the river.

Upper Level- Riverfront, Service Road

The Wall/Street Side Presence

The River


Visual and physical connections were created in an effort to forge a relationship between what occurred beneath the building and what occurred within the building.


Apt A Apt A

Apt B Apt B

Apt C Apt C

Apt D

Apt D

Apartment Space


Retail Space

Lower Level


Abandonment Spring Semester (FH-D端sseldorf) with Adrian Ocana Site: D端sseldorf, Germany The aim of the project was to tackle the issue of abandonment and reuse through choice of site and program. The chosen site was an abandoned train track and tunnels and the program chosen was public gathering space/trail. Methods of Exploration: autoCAD, photoshop


After studying four possible sites, it was determined that the Wehrhann Bahnhoff was the most interesting. It is complex in that it is not simply a building, but rather a mixture of components. There are three distinct levels- the bridge, the tunnel, and the tracks- all of which could potentially form an important connective tissue between the surrounding neighborhoods. The goal became to create an area that is versatile and reusable in order to reintegrate the abandoned site into the city. Based on an analysis of the site and the surrounding neighborhoods, it was concluded that the best programmatic solution to the existing challenge was to propose a community space, a term used in this context to describe a program that is available and accessible to the public. This program ultimately included a path through the tunnels, a small restaurant beneath the bridge, an amphitheater, and an open marketplace.



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Old Town Library Fall Semester 2012 (WAAC) Site: Alexandria, VA The project is a library set on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. The building acts as a bridge between the people and the city on King Street, pulling the people towards the water and vice versa. It focuses on the concept of both a physical and mental procession as one moves through the library. Methods of Exploration: Revit, Photoshop, Hand Drawing




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Urban Lab Observatory Spring Semester 2012 Site: Cincinatti, OH The ULO is a space for artists and researchers to work. Its program includes studios, gallery space, and apartments and ultimately sought further definition from the architect behind it. Methods of Exploration: Hand modeling, hand drawing


The driving force behind the design of the ULO was what, exactly, defines an artist. There are at least fifteen separate definitions of what an artist is in the Oxford Online Dictionary, and ultimately, the artist, for the purpose of this project, was defined as an individual who seeks to create something through a medium. This included visual artists, authors, and musicians. Thus, the space needed to be one that not only catered to the different mediums, but that also encouraged interaction over the range of mediums. Precedence for this sort of interaction can be derived from several sources; Mussorgsky’s musical work, Pictures at an Exhibition, was created after he viewed a showing of a deceased friend’s work. There are countless paintings and sculptures inspired by Greek and Roman myth. The Girl with the Pearl Earring went so far as to inspire a movie. The building for the ULO seeks to provide an environment that allows for similar inspiration.


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To create an environment that would allow for optimal interaction and inspiration, a few spaces were specifically considered. Performance Studio: one that is open to public observation in an effort to encourage interaction between the artist at work and the public that pass through the building Multi-Use Studio: a more private, versatile studio that may be occupied for short or long term periods and can be used by artists of various mediums. Collaborative Studio: provides a space for artists of different mediums to interact and work together on larger projects Gallery Space: Not only a space for finished work, but a transition from one side of the building to another, a moment of tension where everything comes together. Spaces between spaces: rather than halls, the building makes use of larger spaces that are intended to foster informal interaction between the public and artists.







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Watershed Observatory Fall Semester 2011 Site: Bryson City, NC The Watershed Observatory is an organization that deals with issues surrounding water in the Blue Ridge area and beyond. The building is to create a base for both the public and researchers to actively explore these water issues. Methods of Exploration: AutoCAD, hand modeling, photography


The Watershed Observatory seeks to connect the story of the site to the story of the people who visit it. The site itself is littered with bottles and human leftovers that wash ashore during the flood season. Likewise, the building is meant to give an impression of being washed ashore and settling into the slope.


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Single Family Home Spring Semester 2011 Site: Blacksburg, VA This building was created as a single family dwelling in Blacksburg, Virginia. The project specified that there were to be two bedrooms and one and a half baths. Methods of Exploration: Hand Modeling



This design sought to create a building that would, in a sense, embrace its inhabitants while creating an obvious divide between the public side, which included the living room, kitchen, and half bath, and the private side, which included bedrooms and the full bath. The entrance gate is peeled away from a surface on the private portion of the dwelling. The majority of the light in this house comes from the top. the ceiling height varies from 10’ at its lowest to 15’ at its highest. Privacy in the bedrooms is created by a frosted glass ceiling which allows in light from the glass roof.




Virginia Society Competition Spring Semester 2012 Site: Cape Hatter, NC The goal of this project was to create ‘temporary permanent’ emergency housing for victims of hurricanes. this design was created to be both easily assembled and transported. The materials used are all cheaply acquiredshipping pallets, a shipping container, plywood, and light canvas.


The main room of the shelter is constructed of shipping pallets. The four walls are lined with plywood, while the roof has canvas stretched over the top to allow light in, creating a more open, airy space. In contrast, the shipping container creates a more enclosed, protected space for the occupants. Four shelters together create a small community with a shared courtyard space which encourages Interaction between residents.



Third Year Competition Fall Semester 2011 Site: Florida Group Project: Kathryn Briggs, Katherine Harpst The design for this beach access hinges on the idea of light and creating views. Upon first entering the overlook, one is directed towards a southwest view from which the sunset over the beach can be enjoyed. The lower platform is oriented in such a way that one is directed to look southeast, granting a view of the sunrise. Beneath the floor is the lighting system for the turtle hatching season. It directs light up through frosted glass, creating a surreal glow, guiding the visitor along the path. During the rest of the year, the entire structure is lit, allowing the light to filter through porous walls and floors, creating a glowing landmark on the beach at night. During the day, the sun filters through and the shadows create a changing environment depending on the time of day. The solar panels are oriented along the roof, adding to the structure’s presence by reflecting the sun while acting as a shading system for the upper platform.


Other Projects


Cardboard Chair Spring Semester 2010 The purpose of this project was to create a chair using up to three sheets of 36�x48� single ply cardboard sheets with no more than 10% waste on each sheet. This chair specifically used 2 sheets of cardboard- one for the frame and one for the seat. No waste was created.


The main frame of the chair is a folded frame held together by tabs in the back and underneath. The seat is a stack of triangular shaped cardboard, wedged in place by the remaining waste from the second sheet.







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