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p o r t f o l i o

j o e mcneill


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upon the completion of my first full semester of architecture school, understanding the fundamentals of design and hard work became an integral part of learning how to become a designer. crossing lines and extending boundaries beyond my comfort zones, i was able to actuate the creative process to a level that i was not aware existed. the following documentation of work provides a small, but noteworthy insight into the mind of a hopeful designer still only at the start line.

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

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below is a basic timeline of the design studio in which i worked. the projects reflect a foundation for understanding compositional and sectional aspects of a structure in context of its landscape.

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form based on performance : d u n e s + w i n d reading: Ian McHarg - Design With Nature an exercise to understand the architectural implications of building a structure on coastal dunes.

aerodynamic wind and sand pattern

dynamic wind and sand pattern

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


through a study of prototypical roof types and different angles, the project produced an understanding of how beach erosion and weather can affect a coastal structure.

undesired effect of wind and sand

2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


studio project 1.0 : g r o u n d + s t r u c t u r e ground create a 9 x 15 container for a ground model that depicts an outcropping, a physical process, and a matrix material. place a table on this ground model site that can seat ten people but, at the same time, can also be comfortable for one.

table plan

process movement by natural liquid such as water

outcropping found fiber cement - painted green - shows human interaction

matrix

approach to table

cast plaster in wooden box

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


structure model three design schemes that reflect the landscape and engage the table

2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


studio project 2.0 : p i r a n e s i build a compressed 3-d model of a Piranesi etching as a preliminary step for final observatory design.

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


final model helped to understand difficult circulation, perspective issues, and verticality.

2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


studio project 2.0 : o b s e r v a t o r y in the s.c. botanical gardens design project for an amateur observatory.

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


roof view

south elevation

entrance

2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


observatory sketches

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


studio project 3.0 : h o u s e f o r a n u r b a n a r t i s t design a living space for a provocative person to be located at the pond in the south carolina botanical gardens.

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


plans

ground floor plan

roof plan

2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


sections

longitudinal section

northwest section

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fall 2009 c l e m s o n a r c h i t e c t u r e portfolio

dunes + wind

ground + structure


2.0 piranesi

observatory

3.0 pond house


thanks.


Semester Portfolio - Fall 2009