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Krystal Patton

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My Passion

_trees _walls _wonder workshop _parametric design

Movement Project Type: Museum for Art Location: West Bottoms Neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri

Above and Over • Models taken from street or aerial views

Located just down the street from the Kemper Arena, the site offered many opportunities. The neighborhood is in the process of revitalization, giving the proposed building the chance to be a new focal point for the area. The concept for this design derived from a history of flooding in the area. The fractured form is reminiscence of how a log might hit a wall and reorient itself as a result. The angles in the roof offer indirect sunlight to penetrate down into the area; a key requirement for the delicate art housed within.

Metal paneling along the facade of the organic form would reflect the increased movement and growth within the neighborhood. The building derives itself from the past while reflecting the development of the area.

Trees Project Type: Medium High-rise Location: Red Hook Neighborhood in New York City, New York

The Timber in the City competition was located in a the Red Hook neighborhood in New York City, New York. The challenge of the project was to design a mid-rise building using timber. In order to tackle this challenge, I designed two structure systems. One would span long horizontal distances while the other would provide vertical support. A series of tree columns were created to start the aid in spanning a long distance, which was required for part of the program that housed a wood working area. I paired the natural reaching of the columns

with a hexagonal beam system. These hexagons shifted from horizontal to vertical in order to create a superstructure exoskeleton. This allowed for a free floor layout in the main tower, which housed residential units. One of my goals with this design was to push the boundaries of wood construction, striving to create as delicate a structure as wood would allow. Ultimately, I created dynamic and enjoyable living spaces within the hexagonal tower.

Wood Production Areas

Digital Production Areas

Bike Shop and Repair

First Floor

Components for Tree Structure

Walls Project Type: Brewery Location: River Market in Kansas City, Missouri

While I was able to create free floor plans, the beams were incredibly thick to compensate for the spans. I came up with a way to offer the illusion of a thin floor profile, using thick C-channels to offer a ‘false’ profile of the floors. This allowed for the piece Beer is a complex drink. As such, there is a relationship between heavy and light; constants and between the concrete walls to float. variables. This led to a wall scheme. Concrete was This floating piece of the building became used to create a series of ‘walls’, or perceived walls. important, housing the brewing tanks as well as the In between these walls, steel spanned considerable main seating area. distances. The goal was to create as free a floor plan as possible. Located in the River Market district of Kansas City, this brewery had the opportunity to become a hub of traffic. It also had to become an icon to compete with the existing buildings.

Conceptual Diagram

Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop is a non-profit children’s museum located in Manhattan, Kansas. They wanted to utilize an area of green space next to their building to provide a safe place for their kids to play within the neighborhood. As a studio, we worked together to help them achieve their goal.

Project Type: Design Build

Two designs were initially proposed but one was eliminated. The one I worked on was chosen as the design for the site. We designed and built a bamboo climbing structure, a concrete and wood water structure, and we laid out a brick path.

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

With Wonder Workshop being non-profit, the studio had to come up with money to create our design. We held fundraising events but most of our material was generously donated by local businesses. My role in the team was client liaison. I volunteered to be the point of contact between the studio and our client. Everything went through me. It was challenging but a rewarding experience. It opened my eyes to how difficult that communication between client and designers can really be.

Parts of the site had been designed and built by a previous studio. The bricks we laid had to match existing ones, along with their pattern. The whole studio rallied to get the earth dug, sand poured, and brick laid within approximately a three day period.

The water feature was the most challenging to build because not only did we have a wood platform but there was also a concrete base. We had to coordinate with a local contractor to help in the pouring and laying.

We created a test ‘pod’ to see if these octahedron would withstand being climbed on. The first ‘pod’ failed. After some redesign and re-evaluation of construction process, we were able to produce a climbing structure that ultimately withstood the weight of fourteen students, our entire studio.

Parametric Design Project Type: Library Location: San Francisco, CA (In Progress)

My thesis project revolves around the use of a voronoi pattern as a structure and facade system. The voronoi pattern is a common, delicate structure found in nature; such as a dragonfly wing. I am using it to break the stereotype of a library.

interaction and conversation. Extensive work was done on site analysis and program write-up. Social interaction was key to rethinking how a library can be used. While books are still housed within the building, kept away from damaging sunlight, the rest of the building allowed ample daylight.

Libraries are generally seen as fortresses, places were books are securely stored away. They’re quiet places and people don’t use them as much anymore. The building currently rotates around a central My goal is to use a dynamic structure system to atrium that holds vertical circulation, allowing for provide for a lighter feeling interior, an interior that visual connections between floors. no longer screams ‘silence’ but rather promotes



bus and taxi only




bus and taxi only


[Parking] Bicycle: Class 1: 7 spaces Class 2: 12 spaces

[Circulation] 6,840 sq ft

Maintenance 800 sq ft Cafe Prep Area 500 sq ft Restrooms as needed by code Cafe Storage 300 sq ft Loading Dock 300 sq ft Custodial 100 sq ft per floor

Back of House 2,400 sq ft

Public Seating 5,000 sq ft Green Space 3,000 sq ft Computer Labs 2,500 sq ft Exhibition Space 2,000 sq ft Meeting Rooms 1,500 sq ft Learning Center 1,000 sq ft Entrance 800 sq ft Cafe Seating 800 sq ft Indoor playground 500 sq ft Information Desks 400 sq ft Coffee Center 400 sq ft

Public 17,900 sq ft

Administration 5,000 sq f t

Staff Office 2,000 sq ft IT Department 2,000 sq ft Staff Break Room 500 sq ft Processing Room 500 sq ft

Collection 9,000 sq ft

Adult Section 4,000 sq ft Children’s Section 1,500 sq ft Music Media 1,300 sq ft Trade/Specialty Section 1,000 sq ft Young Adult Section 900 sq ft Magazines and Newspapers 400 sq ft

Structure study

Photography Photos I take involve places I’ve been or my natural surroundings. Nature is my preferred subject to photograph. There are so many beautiful things. I relish the challenge of capturing that threedimensional beauty in one still frame, avoiding Photoshop touch-ups as much as possible.

My Passion Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare became a passion of mine last spring. I began volunteering for a no-kill shelter in Wichita, KS. What started as a way to spend a few weekend hours turned into a daily passion. I began offering my week nights to work with the dogs on any behavior problems, such as fear of people or dog aggression.

holding a leash to an advocate for these animals. Selling these animals, their personalities, and their love to potential adopters is challenging and rewarding. I am also one of the few in the organization that get the satisfaction of signing the contract and watching these animals leave with their forever humans.

Upon returning to Manhattan, I sought out a local no-kill shelter to continue my work. Over the course of one semester, I have aided in the adoption of countless dogs. My role has evolved from someone

Shelter work is no longer a weekend pastime, it is a life commitment that I hope to continue and expand upon.

Krystal Patton Email: Phone: 816.785.8410

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