Kayla R. Kaufman Portfolio of Work
Table of Contents
Childrenâ€™s Discovereum ..................... 1 Mid-Rise Towers ................................ 9 Boutique Hotel .................................. 15 Tea Pavilion ........................................ 21 Space for Performance ...................... 23 Artwork and Photography ................. 25
Childrenâ€™s Discovereum Chicago, Illinois
This project is a re-design of the Chicago Childrenâ€™s Museum. It would be located on the corner of State Street and Harrison Avenue in downtown Chicago, only a few blocks from Lake Michigan. With a clear view of the Sears Tower to the northwest and direct access to the elevated train, the museum embraces the city in its urban setting. The program for the museum includes an interactive atrium and more than 10 exhibit spaces.
Color and Light 2
Everything a child experiences is full of color, and it appears in every aspect of their lives - their classrooms, their bedrooms, their clothing and toys, not to mention everything that they experience in nature. Nature is full of vibrant colors, displayed in the trees, flowers, and butterflies. Light is also a very important aspect of nature, illuminating every feature. My concept reflects these vibrant colors found in a child’s life, utilizing light as a powerful catalyst.
The human eye is naturally drawn toward objects with high contrast. The goal of this design is to highlight the color by setting it between two white masses, creating a higher contrast than the objects around it. With two white masses on either side of a colorful mass, it draws the eye’s attention toward the color and excites the mind. It allows visitors to ‘discover’ and experience the building before they even enter it. The Children’s Discovereum is a place of fun and learning - not only on the inside, but from the outside as well.
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Harrison Avenue Bus Drop-off
Taxi / Car Drop-off
Chicago Town Square
Level 1 A
Construction Dig Zone
Ramp to Below
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Learning Resource Center
Celebrate Chicago DN
Play It Safe
Early Childhood Experience
Level 4 A
Level 5 A
The atrium is the most important part of the Childrenâ€™s Discovereum. As light shines through the colored material, the colored shapes are splashed throughout the purely white atrium. As the sun moves throughout the day, so do the shapes and the shadows. This provides an avenue for learing in the most fundamental way.
Bridges As visitors walk up the ramps from floor to floor and around the interior of the atrium, they are able to fully experience the space. The bridges act as a distinct connection between the two white masses of the design. It shows that although the masses look completely seperate from the exterior, the interior is where it all comes together. It creates an atmosphere of excitement and exploration as both children and adults use the space.
Mid-Rise Towers Chicago, Illinois
This project is a multi-purpose, mid-rise tower located in Chicago, at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Franklin Street. The site is on a prime location with direct views of the Hancock Tower to the east the Sears Tower to the south. The program includes several restaurants, retail and offices spaces, a recreation facility, 40 residential units, and 10 live/work units.
Lobby Lower Terrace
Upper Terrace Live/Work Units
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Shades of Gray Modern technology has enabled great advances in the world of sustainability. In this design, shade is provided by the use of perforated steel panels that are operable from the inside of the building. The steel provides shade from the hot sun during the day, but the perforation allows the building to come alive at night. These panels are a great design element, and they are practical, too.
2-Bedroom Residential Unit
Green Concepts • Large perforated steel panels are used to shade the building from the hot sun. They are fully operable from the interior of the building, so the residents have complete daylighting control. Additionally, they also save on energy bills. • Over 50% of the roof area is covered by terraces or green roofs to reduce sound pollution and provide great spaces for the community. • The Chicago Loop, an elevated train system located directly adjacent to the site, is a fast, easy, and environmentally friendly way to move about the city.
The Chicago Loop
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Boutique Hotel Champaign, Illinois
This small-scale urban infill project is located in downtown Champaign, Illinois. As a boutique hotel, the program includes a lobby, several hotel rooms, a cafe and adjacent restaurant. There is also space for a terrace between the third and forth floors. Most visitors to the hotel are in town on business, so comfortable rooms are important. The focus of the project was on the individual rooms and making them as economical and comfortable as possible.
Classic Simplicity To simplify our lives, we must first simplify the world we live in. As one enters the lobby, an overwhelming sense of space creates a â€œfreeâ€? feeling, away from the hustle-bustle of the world outside. Just as stress is lifted, the glass elevator carries one up, above the chaos, freeing the tension of every-day life. Clean lines and simple decoration bring a sense of relaxation and comfort to the inhabitants. They are now able to control the tension, as they are, in a sense, looing down at it, rather than being in it.
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Individual Rooms The design of the individual rooms is very simple. To achieve this, simple matrials like glass block, hardwood floors, and crisp white linens are used. Glass block between the bed and bath allow light to penetrate the entire room, while still providing privacy in both spaces. A large mirror on the wall makes the room feel much larger than it is. Room
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Tea Pavilion Allerton Park
Located in beautiful Allerton Park, this tea pavilion offers a quiet oasis for park visitors. The pavilion has a large window open to the lush forest, and there is another distant oasis for visitors to feel fully immersed in nature.The curved geometry follows the contours of the landscape, while the strait lines cut through it. This creates a distinction between nature and design, and also between form and function.
Space for Performance Allerton Park
Music is an expression of nature. Its rhythm can be found in the rivers and in the thunderstorms. It varies from strong and stacatto to smooth and gentle. This design says just that. The curvature of the walls represents the flow of music. But just like music, it moves from a series of short intervals to longer ones, representing the ever-changing tempo. The design thrives off of the nature it is within. The outdoor amphitheater is carved into the earth, and the flow of the design cuts through the contours. In plan and in elevation, the ebbs and flows of the design create a sensual feeling for the viewer, allowing them to embrace both the music that it brings and the nature it is within.
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Fall 2004 - Fall 2007
Watercolor / Pastels
Photography Chapel in Deland, Illinois