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Leah Kyllo selected works 2011-2013

nyhoff architecture university of calgary master of architecture


Contents academic university of calgary master of architecture

habitat for humanity sustainable house competition costa vida

trace

100 year house

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professional nyhoff architecture

d.talks urban systems

university of calgary information kiosk university of calgary club space

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the sustainable home

| a | dirtt


The Sustainable Home habitat for humanity design competition

| private residential | professor graham livesey

conceptual independent senior research studio

winter 2012 calgary

| alberta | canada

DIRTT and Sprung are local building systems, the former parametrically defined interior partitions and the latter high tech vinyl and aluminum structures. The two designs integrate each inherently affordable and sustainable system into a residential model. Using the systems to tackle the technical side of sustainability allowed for concentration on the paradigmatic side. It seemed that changing the way we look at the home can have as impactful and far reaching advances sustainability as the most cutting edge technology. Looking to the self-sustaining households of the past revealed personified beliefs about dwelling. Homes had hearts, that is they were communal and centrally focused, typically around a hearth. Materials were raw and directly connected to place. These values were re-framed with the lens of contemporary society and a hybrid emerged in the resulting designs.

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full bath

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bedroom one

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bench

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hearth

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bedroom two

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bedroom three

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front entry

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reading room

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hearth

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dining

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kitchen

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half bath

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mechanical

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sustainability

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solar panels

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cross-ventilation

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conc. solar mass

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low angle glazing

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the sustainable home

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full bath

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bedroom one

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bench

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bedroom two

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bedroom three

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lower plan

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entry

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up

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lounge

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desk

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cargo door

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dine

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cook

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laundry

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half bath

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process matrix

A matrix depicting the string of formal and organizational possibilities

and

decisions

leading to the resultant design.

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costa vida


Costa Vida study abroad barcelona studio

with justine wade and matthew vandenberg

conceptual | public temporal | professors eduardo cadaval and clara sola-morales fall 2012 barcelona

| catalonia | spain

Ephemeral architecture shifts focus from itself to its users. As defined in this project it is the ability to temporarily take over a space and provide a structure that allows for new fluidity and vitality. Through a series of operations, a simple linear structure was converted into a system that specifies primary functions and allows for emergent conditions. Situated on a waterfront plot of land in the industrialist residue of Barcelona, the balance of structure and user-based emergence instigates the re-population of the coast in an everyday fashion. The result shown is one instance of configuration subject to time and future iteration.

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concept development

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ribbon

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natural movement

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density

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new circulation

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offset

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emergence

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schematic plans

A schematic model exploring a horizontal ribbon structure with

texture, material

density. The

emergence

and of

secondary structure occurs on the vertical axis

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trace


Trace comprehensive studio

| public institutional | professor thomas debicki

conceptual with justine wade

winter 2012 calgary

| alberta | canada

How is the growth of a city recorded? By whom and in what medium? Trace examines the question of large scale growth through the lens of collective memory. As an Institute of Metropolitan Transformation, it provides city dwellers with a retreat from the speed and sound of the downtown core, while the traces of these visits are recorded as evidence of the city’s transformation. Placing the bulk of the institute beneath the rail line creates a bridge between the downtown core and the beltline providing vitality and multiplicity of use. The phenomenological qualities of honest materiality, submergence and the train above provide sensory moments unique to anywhere else in the city.

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lower plan

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cafe

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core block

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archives

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contemplation

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bike path

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bar + theatre

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03 02 upper plan

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patio

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gallery

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terraces

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reflecting pool

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theatre

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long section

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patio

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gallery

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cafe

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mechanical

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archives

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relecting pool

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railway

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contemplation

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bar

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theatre

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100 year house


100 Year House shelter design competition

conceptual

| private residential with chris beaudin summer 2011

kananaskis

| alberta | canada

The relationship between humanity and nature in the past was mutual and rich. Today humanity’s connection to nature exists in the shock of catastrophic events. While approaching mastery over nature, the instincts of fear and yearning for the wilderness continue to exist within us. The 100 year house provides a platform for a relationship of mutual vulnerability to be forged between nature and man. A floating courtyard traces the changing water level of the Elbow River, allowing continuous access and changing the makeup of the house with the changing seasons. Organized around the courtyard, program transforms vertically and radially from highest vulnerability and transparency to highest safety and privacy. Safe within average yearly water levels, the house is at the mercy of the 100 year flood level, following the wilderness principles of impermanence, vulnerability and continuous renewal.

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layered axonometric

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axonometric

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wood slats

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concrete shell

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circulation + glazing

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hydro-graph

Yearly hydrological data for the Elbow River basin and the corresponding heights of the floating walkway.

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study

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living

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kitchen

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building iconomy


Building Iconomy d.talks presentation

conceptual

| public commercial

nyhoff architecture spring 2013 calgary

| alberta | canada

D.Talks is a local group that hosts a series of events that question and discuss the state of design in Calgary. The Building Iconomy event called on local architecture firms to imagine possibilities for a 44 year old brutalist building that is threatened by its recent sale to a developer. The reality of the situation called for a pragmatic approach; to find the balance between preserving the best brutalist icon in the city and the realistic pressures of land value, core densification and profit margins. A rigorous process of research, precedent studies and massing led to the approach of integrating the existing building into a development that would both meet the desired floor area ratio for the site and re-purpose the existing building to increase its vitality and use.

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process compilation

The complexities of the task demanded a rigorous process of

research,

evaluation. The

testing strength

and of

the final design came from the breadth of logical steps that resulted in it. The process was documented and compiled into a book, the pages of which can be seen here.

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building iconomy


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building iconomy


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urban systems


Urban Systems interior office renovation

completed

| office | renovation nyhoff architecture

2012-2013 calgary

| alberta | canada

Urban Systems is a consulting firm specializing in urban design, planning and engineering. In Calgary, the Urban Systems office is located on the fringe of an industrial area in a two story open-structure building. Nyhoff Architecture was approached to update the office to better reflect Urban Systems’ innovative attitude toward design. The goal was to enhance the open office concept while allowing for a flexibility of working and meeting spaces. Strong colors, clean lines and bold graphics were a unifying element that reflected the vibrance of the company and its people.

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touchdown cubbies

Within the double story space, high sound reverberation and the banality of open office space was a concern. The creation of individual “cubbies� with sound attenuating panels allowed for quiet, compact work spaces.

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meeting booths

The

upper

transformed

mezzanine from

a

was series

of individual offices to open concept workspaces. In the surplus space we introduced a

collaborative area with a

variety

of seating options.

One such option was booths which are punctuated by vinyl graphics depicting the location of Urban Systems offices in the four other cities they exist.

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information kiosk


Information Kiosk university of calgary student union building

in progress

| public institutional | new build nyhoff architecture

2012-2013 calgary

| alberta | canada

Nyhoff Architecture was approached to design a new information center for MacEwan Hall- the student’s union building at the University of Calgary. The kiosk was to be the gateway to the University, so we began by approaching the design as an object that could perform as a beacon for new or visiting students. The process of development and testing revealed three organizing principles; formal definition, transparency from all sides, and practical efficiency. The resulting design took the form of a continuous ribbon that proved to be sculpturally dynamic and functional. The design was so well received that by the time the design went to tender, the University had decided to customize and build multiple kiosks throughout the campus.

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coordination

The compact efficiency of this design detail

required and

meticulous coordination

with lighting and structural consultants to ensure value engineering did adversely effect the quality of design.

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club space


Club Space university of calgary student union building

completed

| public institutional | renovation nyhoff architecture

2012-2013 calgary

| alberta | canada

MacEwan Hall is also host to dedicated meeting rooms, work spaces and storage for University clubs. Nyhoff Architecture was approached to transform the existing cramped and outdated offices to an inviting lounge-like space with hot desking and shared meeting rooms. The design focused on visibility, function and atmosphere; allowing the students their storage and workspaces while maintaining an attractive, open layout. While material choice was tempered by budget restrictions, bold colors and a strong material palette were integral in the creation of ambiance.

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schematic images

Multiple

iterations

of

the

layout, materials and colors were modeled and presented to the client. This set of images illustrates the bold colors and graphics that would eventually be the direction chosen and executed.

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offices

Transparent, rent-able meeting rooms of varying sizes were centralized to maximize space use and efficiency.

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lockers

Lockers were bundled and embedded

into

the

outer

walls of the space to maximize storage

while reducing its visual impact.

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Leah Kyllo contact

lmpkyllo@gmail.com

587.998.0919 501-2011 university drive nw calgary

| alberta | canada t2n 4t4

education 2008-2012

university of calgary master of architecture study abroad

| barcelona spain | 2011 2007-2010

cv

university of calgary

| university of victoria

bachelor of communication and culture with distinction study abroad

| seville spain | 2010


professional experience 2012-2013 | 13 months

nyhoff architecture calgary

| alberta

intern architect, aaa summer 2013 | 5 months

joanne dafoe consultation and design

| denira landscaping and contracting | | spruce it up garden centre calgary | alberta

guyshill landscaping

freelance landscape design and visualizations

software proficiency

adobe photoshop adobe illustrator adobe indesign rhino 3d vray for rhino autocad autodesk maya google sketchup

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Profile for Leah Kyllo

Leah Kyllo Architecture Portfolio  

Selected works from Master in Architecture program and interning at Nyhoff Architecture

Leah Kyllo Architecture Portfolio  

Selected works from Master in Architecture program and interning at Nyhoff Architecture

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