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Come to the Boat

Port Tonic

Advisor: Karen Lange Location: Cayucos, CA [2013]

Advisor: Tom Di Santo Location: France [2012]


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Redefining the Edge Advisor: Paola Giaconia + Marco Brizzi + Achille Location: Italy [2012]

Reaching Outsid(ers)

Gallery

Workshop: Domus Academy Location: Italy [2012]

Location: Avanti Cafe, CA [2013]


1. Come to the boat

is a p ro ject w h ere I w as ab le to exp lo re

my i n teres t i n c ommuni t y de si gn an d p ar ticip atio n . Ru m m ag in g th ro u g h o ld p h o to g r a p hs; aski ng anyone who m ig h t kn o w a th in g o r tw o ab o u t Cayu co s’s p a s t; v i s i ti ng and re - vi si t i ng I f ou n d a sto ry w o r th tellin g . I w an ted to fo cu s o n d es i g n i n g a ne w se nse of move men t. Wh en arch itectu re b eco m es lived in , w h en s p a c e i s e ngage d i n, whe n arc hitectu ral p ro g ram b eco m es activity - a p lace c a n b e rem e mbe re d and re c re at e d . A cu ltu ral cen ter can o n ly th en b eco m e a p l a c e th a t provi de s a ne w unde rstan d in g o f

th e very site it co m m em o rates.

H ere, b oat s are asse mbl e d, sto red , exh ib ited , an d set in to th e w ater.


Elevated Pathway Through Boat Finishing


Existing + Abandoned Garage

One day

as th e fo g co vered th e sky an d th e sunl i ght attem p ted to p eer th ro u g h ; I h ap p en ed upon an o ld ab an d o n ed g arag e th at I in stan tly f e l l i n lo ve w ith . I w as am azed b y its sim p licity, i t s whiten ess, an d m o st o f all its m ystery.


System of Follies

Carving Spaces from Solid Blocks

Openings informed by site

In o rde r to c rea te t he arc hi t e c t ure , I f i rst d esig n ed sim p le stru ctu res th at w ere scattered a long t he si t e . N ext, I i ma gi ne d t he se st ruc t ure s co m p letely cast in co n crete vo lu m es. I n o rd er t o ma k e spac e I c a r v ed o u t t he se vol ume s, hol l owi n g o u t th e m ass, an d d efin in g th e w alls an d ope nings .


Social + Memorial/Lodging


Parking around the entirety of site and pedestrian sidewalk connects downtown. Wood is brought in, prepared, and boats are assembled and set on their path. After initial construction, boats travel through water before surface treament. Cafe and meeting spaces overlap the temporary resident with the passerby.

Memorial towards Existing

Gathering spaces, especially the memorial, are focal points on the path. Lodging is suggested temporarily in order to experience the site holistically.

The un i o n b etw een programs c re at e s t he ab ility

There is a final descent from the existing structure under the road and into the sand.

for m o re h u m a n i n t e rac t i ons t o t ake pl ac e. Th e fur t he r I c a n p u s h f or a soc i al i ze d arc hi t ectu re,


First Floor Plan

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Connec tion to Sacred Rock at SE and pre-existing water tank in NE Public paths N to S connecting gaps between existing houses Existing road, horizon, and frame of references.

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T h e re a re m a n y d i re c t i o n a l p u l l s on site. Morro

Ro c k , a 5 81- f oot vol c ani c pl ug i s sa cred , rem in d in g m e of my res ponsi bi l i t y t o be i nt e nsi on al w ith p lacem en t. P rog r a m s pac e s c orre l at e wi t h gap s b etw een h o u ses, c rea ti n g s l i ve rs of l i ght out t o th e o cean b elo w .


Boat Workshop


Existing + Boat Workshop


The mo st i m p or ta n t d at um of t he proj e c t was b o th th e existin g g ro u n d su rface an d th e b o at track t ha t r a n t hro ugh th e en ti rety of t he proj e c t . From t he re I allo w ed fo r a su b tle in terp lay b etw een sky an d g round. In t his re g ard c er ta i n s p ac e s we re t o be skyward fo cu sed w h ile o th ers w e m o re ro o ted in th e ear th . I wa s le s s int e re st ed i n h ow ea c h e x pe ri e nc e e x i st e d i ndi v id u ally b u t rath er h o w it p layed o u t w ith every o th e r s pa c e .


2. Port Tonic

i s a mome ntary exp an sio n o f th e th ree m eters o f F ren ch

c o a s tli n e curre nt l y ac c e ssi bl e t o th e p u b lic. Th is is to b e m o re th an ju st a q u a n ta ti v e e x pansi on ( e nabl i ng ped estrian s to m o ve b eyo n d th e th ree m eter z on e) , b u t a qual i t at i ve one as w ell, in creasin g accessib ility to p ar ticu lar s i te s en s a t i ons. O ppor t uni t i e s f o r site exp erien ces are o rg an ized alo n g tw o s tep p ed wal l s t hat c arve a di re c t p ath fro m street to sea. As statio n s alo n g th es e w a ll s, t he programs of bat h , restau ran t, an d film g allery fam iliarize th e v i s i tor w i th c e r t ai n qual i t i e s of th e co astlin e as th ey m o ve to an d fro m it.


View from Water to Street


Entrance to Bath House

Dining with a View

Interactive Landscape


Film Gallery

mance Perfor

Coo king Clas S Ta s t e Con tain er

Lo Ro cke om r s

Third Level Floor Plan

Second Level Floor Plan

View Dini ng


3. Redefining the Edge

d eals

w ith

how

p eo p le

en g a g e i n f ood. T he mai n c onc e p t w as to d esig n b o th q u iet an d lo u d sp aces a n d a ll ow f or spac e s of “i nt e rval.� Vo id s are im p o r tan t in o rd er to reach ma xi m u m pe rme abi l i t y. D i f f e re nt sp aces, so m e m o re in tim ate an d o th ers more s o c i a l , i nt e r t wi ne wi t h a sh iftin g lan d scap e an d create th ese in terstitial v o i d s . Breaki ng up t he program creates m o re p o ten tial fo r so cial en co u n ters.


Central Counrtyard Space


Restaurant section


School + Research

Market Space

Mensa


Market Space


Site Voids+ Inner Conenctions


Second Level Floor Plan

Entire Site School

Market

Restaurants Entrance

Mensa

First Level Floor Plan


autostrada firenze-mare

to milan

to lucca

florence

autostrada del sole to rome

to pisa

4. Reaching Outsid[ers] in

c o l l a b orat i on

th i s s er v e

p ro j ec t as

a

was

wi t h to

t he f oc us

t ranspor t at i on

Domus

w as a th ree-d ay d esig n w o rksh o p

Acad em y

of

Milan .

Th e

on

an

ap p ro p riate

so lu tio n

hub

fo r

travles

an d

to

fro m

fo cu s th at

of

co u ld

F lo ren ce.


Program Sections


Layers of Connectivity

Media + Advertisement


Under the Bridgeway


Site Mending


5. Gallery

i s an ar t gal l e ry co n sistin g o f so m e o f th e m o st in sp irin g

p l a c es I di sc ove re d whi l e l i vi ng in I taly fo r o n e year. E very sin ce stu d yin g a b ro a d i n It al y and Swi t ze rl and m y fo u r th year o f co lleg e, I h ave b eco m e i n c rea s i n g ly f asc i nat e wi t h t e x t ure, cu ltu re an d a b len d in g o f o ld an d n ew .



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