Kelsey Ross Architecture Portfolio
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The Ale Way
NCMA Live + Work Studio
Tanzanian Home Adaptations
Digital Artistâ€™s Residence
Design Build: Terrace
Global Brigades: Architecture
Performative Landscape and Brewery
Mixed Use Studio and Dwelling for Visiting Scholars
University of the Arts Student Hub
Museum, Equestrian Ring, and Commercial Center
Building Improvements to Combat Flooding and Rainwater
Custom Residence for a Digital Media Artist
Penn State Recycling Center Terrace
House Construction in Nicaragua
Tracing beer pouring patterns to generate forms for the pathway.
Physical Site Model of Pathway Connecting the Brewery
The Ale Way
Bellefonte, PA Design Team: Allie Pladson & Danielle Mitchell
Spring 2014 |12 weeks
The Ale Way combines a performative landscape with an adaptive reuse brewery. The pathway connects the programmatic pieces of the brewery, housed in an industrial warehouse, and creates a destination to unify the surrounding towns. The forms of the path are inspired by the act of pouring beer and the patterns generated in the foam and carbonation. The layers of vegetation and hardscaping atop the foundations of the industrial warehouse create a palimpsest unique to this region.
Site Plan materials PRIMARY PATHWAY
A concrete floor from Appalachian Brewing Company became patterned and stained as beer overflowed and spilled over time. These changes over time and beer hues manifested themselves into a stained concrete paver.
Inspired by Manchester Exchange Square, slate stones form a visual and physical connection between the ponds as visitors can walk atop a small stream of water cutting through the primary path.
BEER GLASS LAYERING MODEL
Egg rock in hues of brown and yellow form the transition between pavers and the island benches and ponds.
BROOK PATHWAY INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSES
LOGAN BRANCH BROOK
Porous concrete follows the brook path and spills over to the primary path, making its way between the beds of egg rock. Porous concrete will stop water from pooling on the site and will help water filter off of the walking surface and out of the site.
EXISTING SITE PLAN
Cedar lumber makes up the hiking path and the railing edge of the brook path. It also clads facades and is used on the ground outside of the beer tasting area. Cedar wood handles water and weather well, and its colors resemble at beer tones.
SEASONAL WATERCOLOR SITE PLANS
BREWERY, TASTING AREA & GREENHOUSE In addition to being the place where the beer is produced, this building will house a greenhouse to grow food for the restaurant and ingredients to make the beer.
BREWERY EXPANSION AND COMMUNITY CENTER
This existing warehouse will be used by the brewery for a primary research and testing laboratory. This will double as a community center with meeting spaces for activities and receptions.
2 X 10 WOOD TIMBER
2 X 10 WOOD TIMBER
WEATHER-PROOFING WEATHER-PROOFING MEMBRANE MEMBRANE
CORTEN STEEL PANELS
CORTEN STEEL PANELS
EXISTING STEEL FRAMING
EXISTING STEEL FRAMING EXISTING
EXISTING CLERESTORY WINDOWS
RIGID CORTEN STEEL INSULATION HEADER
CORTEN STEEL HEADER
EXISTING STEEL TRUSS
EXISTING 2 X 4 BLOCKING STEEL DOWNLIGHT TRUSS
2X4 BLOCKING DOWNLIGHT
4X6 WOOD BENCH
CORTEN STEEL BENCH FACE
CORTEN STEEL BENCH FACE
EXISTING STEEL COLUMN
EXISTING STEEL COLUMN
BEER BEER BEER TASTING BEER TASTINGMANUFACTURING MANUFACTURING EXISTING INTERIOR INTERIOR INTERIOR INTERIOR TERMICA CORTEN STEEL MULLION WITHOUT THERMAL BREAK
4X6 WOOD BENCH
2 X 10 WOOD SLATS
CORTEN STEEL CAP
CORTEN STEEL CAP
2 X 10 WOOD TIMBER
2 X 10 WOOD TIMBER
2 X 6 TIMBER 2 X 10FRAMING WOOD SLATS
TERMICA CORTEN STEEL MULLION WITHOUT THERMAL BREAK
DOUBLE-GLAZED DOUBLE-GLAZED CLEAR GLASS CLEAR GLASS FOR NOISE CONTROL FOR NOISE CONTROL STAINLESS STEEL
2 X 6 TIMBER FRAMING
CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB
CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB
POLYETHYLENE POLYETHYLENE MOISTURE BARRIER MOISTURE BARR
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Double-gl clear gla Existing steel structure
Section B - B
The existing industrial warehouse truss structure is exposed at the entry and beer tasting areas. A wall with a bar ledge provides visual access but physical separation between the brewery and the tasting area.
SITE SECTION AND FRONT ELEVATION OF BREWERY
The site is located in a valley surrounded by Axemann Road to the
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STEEL BEARING PLATE GLASS CURTAIN WALL PANEL ALUMINUM MULLION
ENTRANCE PERSPECTIVE Danielle Mitchell - Allie Pladson - Kelsey Ross
OPERABLE GLASS CURTAIN WALL PANEL
HANGING PLANTER PLANTER FINISH FLOOR
Existing clerestory windows
CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB POLYETHYLENE MOISTURE BARRIER
EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE Corten Steel FOAM INSULATION
2 x 4 Blocking Downlight
GREENHOUSE WALL SECTION Loading Dock
Existing steel column
Beer Tasting Interior
Beer Manufacturing Interior Termica corten steel mullion without thermal break
E A B-C Corten Steel Cap
Double-glazed clear glass for noise control
Beer Tasting 2 x 10 Wood Timber
2 x 6 Timber Framing
B Section E - E
KEY PLAN OF BREWERY AND BEER TASTING AREA
NEW YORK NYC
Located in a lot adjacent to the High Line Park, the public spaces within the building are located on these levels and make a connection through a bridge for people to enter the building.
W. 20TH STREET
THE HIGH LINE PARK
W. 19TH STREET
Physical Model in a site model showing the connection of the building to the High Line Park.
Live & Work Studio
New York City, New York Spring 2012 | 6 weeks National Concrete Masonry Association Design Competition, First Prize This live/work academy for visiting scholars is a part of the Parsons New School Academy in New York. This residence is designed to foster community within the school and the city as a whole by serving as an extension of the High Line Park. The mixeduse educational program combines temporary residences and studios with public exhibition spaces to promote the exchange of ideas between scholars and the community. The surrounding architectural language influences the buildingâ€™s glazing and custom masonry block design.
VIEW FROM THE HIGH LINE PARK The main public entrance can be viewed and accessed from the High Line Park.
NIGHT RENDERING The night illumination shows the light shining through the perforated custom CMU blocks in the lower levels of the building.
PHYSICAL MODEL IN SITE MODEL
Diagram representing the residential tower in blue and the public spaces in yellow. By dividing the residences into two per floor, this promotes collaboration between the scholars as they need to move to different floors to access their studios, dining amenities, and library resources.
APT. CONFERENCE ROOM
STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO
FLOOR PLANS 1-6 This building includes eight stories. The top two stories are comprised of two residences connected by an exterior bridge to two sets of fire stairs.
STUDIO STUDIO +20
3D PRINTED BLOCK DESIGN
The High Line park carves a void through parts of the high rise buildings located adjacent to it. Using this same principle, the Blue represents the solid mass of the building and the yellow represents the carved out void spaces occupied through terraces.
COURT. DINING HALL
HIGH LINE CONNECTION
With a prominent location across from the Kimmel Center, the University of the Arts student union center needed to give the university a presence within the city. To adapt from the surrounding site context, the building incorporates a glass facade related to the Kimmel Center and maintains a height similar to the adjacent buildings to prevent from imposing on the area. In an area with a lack of street trees, the building incorporates a porch with vegetation and a green roof into the design.
ELEVATION ALONG BROAD STREET
The concept to integrate multiple disciplines from the university while maintaining a functional environment is to create an atrium that intersects with each of the programmatic elements on each floor. This creates visual connectivity through a spatial void.
The glass facade along Broad Street acts as a gateway to the city for students during the daylight and reverses to make the building an open stage as the performers are illuminated to the pedestrians below at night.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spring 2013 |12 weeks Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Student Design Award Open Stage is a student union center and hub for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The mixed-use building acts as an area to promote collaboration between the various artistic disciplines at the university. The glass and concrete panel curtain wall facade allows the students to draw creative inspiration from the city during the day while the illumination of the building at night creates an open stage to showcase the student work, performances, and social interactions inspiring the residents of the city.
LONGITUDINAL BUILDING SECTION
Each floor is connected visually through a glass atrium space surrounded by 5% sloped ramps leading from one space to another.
BALLET STUDIO AND ATRIUM SPACE
With an open floor plan, students gain visual access between different disciplines at the school.
TRANSVERSE BUILDING SECTION
GREEN ROOF BELOW
OFFICE GLASS LIGHT WELL
GLASS LIGHT WELL CONCRETE SLAB METAL DECKING MOISTURE BARRIER FIBERGLASS BATT INSULATION STEEL BEAM
CONCRETE COPING ALUMINUM FLASHING MOISTURE BARRIER FIBERGLASS BATT INSULATION
SIXTH FLOOR AND ROOF
MULTI - PURPOSE SPACE
FIFTH FLOOR DN UP
LIBRARY LOUNGE DN
ALUMINUM MULLION UP
THIRD & FOURTH FLOOR
DOUBLE GLAZED CURTAIN WALL PANEL
CAFE OPEN TO BELOW
ALUMINUM MULLION CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB METAL DECKING STEEL BEAM
ACOUSTICAL DROP CEILING
MECH. ROOM BALLET STUDIO
UP UP UP
MECH. & STORAGE FORUM & PERFORMANCE AREA
WALL SECTION THROUGH THE BROAD STREET FACADE
MASTER PLANNING DIAGRAMS 1. Major circulatory axis and offset axes are established based on site access points
2. Designation for location of the Museum, Arena, and Shopping Center
3. Addition of sunken and elevated garden spaces
4. Establishment of cross pathways for ample access to the site
1. Museum 2. Sunken Garden 3. Equestrian Arena 4. Shopping Center 5. Parking Garage
View of main axis and adjacent museum and sunken garden in the physical hand-cut model.
CONCEPTUAL SITE SECTION
Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy Design Team: Lauren Borrelli and Lauren Uhlig
Fall 2013 |12 weeks
The Eventarium began with a group master plan for the Galoppatoio in Villa Borghese located just beyond the ancient city walls of Rome. This space would enhance the existing park located atop a parking garage structure with the addition of a museum, shopping mall, and equestrian arena. The master plan was generated utilizing a series of axes following the entrances to the park and optimizing the circulation through the site. The buildings were designed with the same language but individually. I designed the museum utilizing offset axes and integrating a circular light well relating to the circular vents protruding from the parking garage into the site.
1. Extensive Green Roof 2. Office 3. Exhibition 4. Open to Below 5. Restoration Room 6. Cafe 7. Patio
GROUND FLOOR 1. Lobby 2. Gift Shop 3. Exhibition 4. Special Collections
BASEMENT PLAN 3
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1. Sunken Garden 2. Exhibition Space 3. Artwork Storage 4. Mechanical 5. Kitchen 6. Restaurant + Bar 7. Auditorium
EXTERIOR FRONT PERSPECTIVE
PERSPECTIVE OF THE MUSEUM FROM WITHIN THE SUNKEN GARDEN
CORRIDOR FROM GARDEN
ELEVATION ALONG MAIN AXIS
SECTION AA OF MUSEUM AND SUNKEN GARDEN
SECTION BB OF MUSEUM AND SUNKEN GARDEN
SECTION CC OF MUSEUM
The eastern portion of Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania, receives approximately two meters of rainfall each year concentrated into five months. This rainfall places a heavy burden on the infrastructure within rural villages and results in widespread flooding and erosion. In addition to erosion of roadways and pathways, a lack of sanitary infrastructure allows storm water to carry waste and debris throughout villages. This and a lack of drainage can lead to health-related problems generated by standing water and pollution of ground, surface, and open water resources especially where water comes into contact with human and animal wastes. These problems are exacerbated by the growing population which results in rural expansion and in informal settlements with a lack of utility infrastructure A door flush with the ground permits flooding during light precipitation.
A single sloped roof increases runoff concentrated on one side of the building.
Problematic Conditions of Homes Due to the unavailability of new property in Mang’ula as a result of population increasing, people are forced to combat flooding in the houses they already own. There are several key factors that contribute to the flooding of houses in flood-prone areas. The shape of the roof contributes to the amount and location of the water flowing over the building. If this location is close enough to the building and there is no distance between the door and the exterior ground, minimal rains can bring water into the house. Lastly, a lack of a moisture barrier in the foundations often leads to moisture spreading up the walls ultimately weakening the structural integrity of the walls. This will repeatedly shorten the building’s lifespan.
Brick foundations move water through the walls shortening the lifespan of the building.
A raindrop collects in a puddle outside of a home foundation during a seasonal rainstorm.
Tanzanian Home Adaptations Mangâ€™ula A&B, Tanzania
Summer 2014 | 4 weeks
This projects aims to identify and illustrate design and planning strategies that address the water related issues associated with the construction and planning of individual household units within expanding rural Tanzanian villages with varying economic circumstances. This project generates design schemes for the rural Tanzanian households surrounding the Eastern boundary of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park with environmentally sustainable designs incorporating water management, human and household waste disposal, and programmatic relationships of buildings and landscape.
Rainwater Collection systems
One solution to this problem is to install a stormwater collection tank on one side of the house. The size of this tank can vary depending upon the householdâ€™s needs and available space. It can be anywhere from 500 Liters to 1000 Liters. Installing a gutter system to divert water into the collection tank will minimize water collecting on the ground and leading to flooding in addition to providing a source of non-potable water for household needs. This can be of use to families during the rain and dry seasons. Excess water from the roof will be diverted with an overflow pipe from the tank to a desirable location on the property.
Utilizing bricks as a foundation material is cost effective and elevates the house to prevent flooding, but does not protect against the spread of moisture through the walls.
Using concrete masonry as a foundation and base of a building can minimize the amount of moisture spread. This can also elevate the floor height to keep water from reaching the threshold and interior of the house.
The most common form of cooking utilizes three bricks with a charcoal or wooden fire in the center. It is the most inefficient use of fuel for cooking.
Fuel efficient stoves utilize less charcoal and wood than the traditional brick method.
Converting animal wastes into biogas is the only form of fuel that can be implemented indoors.
Proposed kitchen Adaptations
Existing Cooking Methods
Raised Cooking Platform
Fuel Efficient Stove
Window for Cross Ventilation and Exhaust
Elevated Wood Storage
The form of the light boxes in the plan are generated by the shadows cast upon the site by the adjacent building.
In many of Ed Purverâ€™s digital projections he combines light and sound to create life in abandoned buildings or ordinarily unoccupied spaces. This combination manifested itself into his residence through an exploratory design for a lamp creating a form from sound wave projections.
Digital Artist's Residence State College, PA
Spring 2012 |6 weeks
Through the integration of light and abandoned buildings, the relationship digital artist Ed Purver shared with his work in digital light projections manifested itself into his residence designed at the industrial Corning Glass Factory in State College, PA. The form of the residence was derived from the shadows cast by the existing buildings at the site. These forms created the light boxes for Purver to experiment with light and shadow in his own residence. Lastly, by developing a terrace at the edge of the site, Purver could use the surrounding buildings of the factory to showcase more of his own projections.
LIGHT SHOW RENDERING
31 SECTIONAL PERSPECTIVE
TERRACE MASTER PLAN
The master plan includes the paved terrace, !#11)+#$%-)& concrete table, projection screen, and cmu wall.
LOTUS PAVING PATTERN The Penn State Recycling Center
Terrace Paving Pattern
The paving pattern creates a lotus flower oriented to show the cardinal directions on site.
To ensure an accurate depiction of the pattern in the bricks, a grid system was generated to apply using wooden steaks on the site. Each of the center points for the arcs were determined based upon the grid and the arc radii. The Penn TheState Penn State Recycling Recycling Center Center
Terrace Terrace Paving Paving Dimensions Dimensions
Measuring the bricks that Need to be cut to a unique Shape to fill the gaps between The rounded edges.
Design Build: Terrace State College, PA
Spring 2011 | 8 weeks
Among one of the top recycling centers in the world, the Penn State recycling center was in need of a space to gather for outdoor presentations and functions. To solve this project, the PSU first year architecture students paired up to complete a design build project incorporating a paved brick and slate terrace, a concrete block wall, a concrete table and chairs for forty guests, and a projection screen for presentations. The goals of the project were to utilize primarily recycled materials and create a space to be used as a teaching tool.
After using three grades of rock to level the site, a layer of geotextiles were laid to reinforce the base and act as a rainwater filtration system. These geotextiles were made by weaving plastic strips from broken recycling bins together. Next, a superfine gravel was laid through a screed board process to create a level surface for
the bricks. The gravel was compacted with a tamper and the entire process was repeated three times. Using a mathematical grid system, the lotus pattern was spray painted onto the gravel and then the bricks were placed. Custom bricks were cut with an electric saw to fill the gaps and fine gravel was swept over the terrace to
fill the gaps between each brick. Next the slate was placed to fill the petals. Due to varying thicknesses of slate, each piece was individually leveled. To relate to the other three projects that incorporated glass as an aggregate, a recycled metal bowl filled with recycled and tumbled glass was placed at the center of the terrace.
BUILDING THE LAYERS BENEATH THE BRICKS
The previous home of Mariela (19) Enrique (25) and Hendry (2).
Upon our arrival, the masons had brought all of the materials to the site from local suppliers.
Without the use of an electric cement mixer, we made the mixture of gravel, cement, and water by hand.
Global Brigades: Architecture El Naranjo, Nicaragua
Spring 2015 |1 week
Global Brigadesâ€™ mission is to empower communities through sustainable community development. Over one week, a group of seven PSU students paired with a team of 24 Notre Dame students on a hybrid architecture and public health brigade in Nicaragua. Over the course of four days, the students were able to build an entire house from concrete masonry blocks, wood, and corrugated aluminum and two washing stations each with a sink, latrine, and shower. Through the process of working with local masons, students learn the skills to construct the house and washing stations while working with the community members that these projects will benefit.
DAY 3: Wooden walls & Concrete Floor
By the end of the first day, we had finished four courses of CMU block.
DAY 2: POURING CONCRETE
DAY 1: LAYING CMU
The second day of construction consisted of making and pouring concrete into the framework containing rebar for columns and a solid course of concrete.
With the removal of the concrete formwork, the wooden supports and cladding for the exterior walls was constructed. The wooden base for the framing was attached to rebar poured into the concrete course.
For a level floor, a screed board process smoothed the concrete in four sections. The floor and three of the four walls were completed by the end of day three.
DAY 4: Painting, Interior Walls, and Roof
After the completion of the fourth wooden wall, students began painting the exterior of the house the familyâ€™s preferred colors.
Construction of the interior walls, which were made of wood and gypsum wall board, and the corrugated aluminum roof.
Mariela, Enrique, and Hendry at the house dedication.
The FINAL house
The combined efforts of the PSU and Notre Dame students helped to make this house a reality for Mariela and her family. When we handed the house to her, she told us that we â€œmade her dreams come true.â€?