K r i s t i n e M e r k e l DesignPortfolio
Selecting A Narrative I design spaces and things to be experienced, to provide physical feedback to individuals and to create meaning within and without at the same time. I approach design problems and projects as architectural parables in my own narrative, and I think that to practice architecture, and design, in general, is to take a stance on interaction—between materials, people, nature, and ideas. The aim is to make informed claims that build awareness and create balance through storytelling, problemsolving, and experiential design.
Offset Living - Urban Housing Micro-Unit Concept - Schematic Design
Attentive Reality - Musiciansâ€™ Collective
Projecting Self - JĂźgar Runway
Joint Composition - Sound Folly
Cross-Dimensional Continuity - Resilience Center
Meditated Immersion - Gymnasium
1 Offset Living - Urban Housing Most of the city we experience is the inbetween, the offsets between buildings, between our usual destinations. The inbetween, or offset, is where people interact and connect. Here, it is where the individual retreats to. The offset provides reliefâ€”relief to the spaces, relief from public urban life.
Instructors: Ian Roll & Judson Moore, W.PA Site: Portland, OR U of O Fall 2016, Graduate
Top: Exterior View
2 Bed (6) 1 Bed (6) Studio (3) Vertical Circ. Retail
Interior & Offset Space
Model, Bass Wood & Acrylic
Micro-Unit Concept - Schematic Design Pre-Fab Utility/Storage Components U of U Spring 2014, Undergraduate
tions, interior isometric views MERKEL KRISTINE
general plan, different use scenarios, interior elevations, interior isometric view
Isometric View - Counter & Bathroom
Isometric View - Kitchen
Interior Elevation - Counter & Bathroom
Interior Elevation - Kitchen KRISTINE MERKEL
general plan, different use scenarios, interior elevations, interior isometric views
Concrete Over Metal Decking Ceiling Finish
Exterior Finish 1” Air Gap R-21 Min. Rigid Mineral Wool Insulation Blueskin Membrane 1/2” Plywood Sheathing 2x6 Studs (1) Layer 1/2” Gyp. Bd.
Floor Finish Floor Decking Light Guage Steel Framing
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Offset Type Composition Study Using Letter Modules
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2 Attentive Reality - Musiciansâ€™ Collective In a city, there is a phenomenon that can be where an individual can seem completely alone one minute, and overwhelmingly surrounded the next, all depending on the choice of context. Reality is constructed based on what is perceived, which relies heavily on what is actually paid attention to. Changing a personâ€™s sense of relation to other people and things is as simple as changing the point of reference.
Instructor: Erin Carraher Site: Williamsburg, NY U of U Spring 2013, Undergraduate
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3 Projecting Self - JĂźgar Runway In the runway design, my studio colleagues and I contemplated identity and how the essence of the JĂź gar brand, which emphasizes an understated, yet powerful aesthetic and use of materials, could be communicated through not only clothes, but through place, movement, light,and sound. My roles included selecting materials for the dressing room component and assisting in construction and donations procurement. Built: October 2013
Instructors: Anne Mooney, Dan Hoffman Site: Salt Lake City, UT - Design Week U of U Fall 2013, Undergraduate
Material Light/Shadow Study
Modular Ramp & Dressing Room Components
Shadow Projection Sketches
4 Joint Composition - Sound Folly The folly design considers the abstract nature of music and its emotional affectability. It seeks to remove some of the visual associations and distractions that might influence the comprehesion of sound. It is in the recessed, visually removed acoustic chamber that the boundaries of the city and of nature become unclear, and the sensations, functions, and sounds of both come into accord.
Instructor: Erin Carraher Site: Salt Lake Pioneer Park, UT U of U Spring 2013
Model Photos, Museum Board
5 Cross-Dimensional Continuity - Resilience Center
The objective for the Resilience Center is to connect programmatic functions with human activities that satisfy basic human needs and contribute to a sense of wholeness and fulfillment at all stages of building use: before and after a disaster. â€‹ To create a situation free from interruptionâ€”between building and landscape, pre- and post-disaster building operationsâ€”a seamless connection must be fostered between individuals and community, building and landscape, familiar experiences and new.
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh Site: SE Portland, OR U of O Spring 2017, Graduate
Entry & Ruin Garden
Model of Gallery Space
Section Perspective & Resource Diagram
Main Level Plan
Lower Level Plan
Theater Before/After Cascadia Event
Natural Catenary Arch, Photograph
Skin Detail Sketch
6 Meditated Immersion - Gymnasium
The gym emphasizes the superficial, flat character of daily life and image-based media and seeks to provide an alternative, a more authentic experience featuring a broad range of stimuli. Inside, users become physically immersed, wholly inhabiting and utilizing the space around them as well as their own bodies.
Instructors: Allison Bryan, Nico Larco Site: Portland, OR U of O Fall 2015, Graduate
Sanborn Maps Morphology Study
Extracting M e a n i n g Only a small amount of a process, the way a person thinks, what he or she has experienced, can ever be conveyed. All that can be known is the slight bit of information retained from the selected narrative. Thank you.