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MATTHEW J. LOPEZ WORKS 2012


This portfolio contains the design work of Matthew Joseph Lopez. Matthew Joseph Lopez Works/ Portfolio Š 2012 Bachelor of Science In Architecture The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture Address 7501 Kings Tr Fort Worth, Texas 76133 matthew.lopez@mavs.uta.edu


SAN FRANCISCO BAY HUNTER’S POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD

ELM STREET LIBRARY DALLAS RARE BOOKS LIBRARY

SMU A.I.R.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE DALLAS, TX

COMMUNITY CENTER OASIS COMMUNITY CENTER

GARDEN & CATERING PAVILION

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME

“REFRACTED INSTANCES” “DAYLIGHT SPACES COMPETITION”

THE ECSTASY OF ST. THERESA GRAPHICAL ANALYSIS

ABSTRACT ROPE ANALYSIS HAND DRAWINGS


DECONTAMINATING THE URBAN EDGE

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SITE STRATEGY San Francisco, CA

The design investigates an innovative and emergent infrastructure to revitalize the landscape and hard-scape of Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard. Located in San Francisco Bay , this shipyard has been closed to public access and restricted as a zone shutting off human interaction, due to radiation and pollution from on-site missile testing. This environmentally unstable site is an opportunity for exploring ways to re-mediate other abandoned military sites with similar existing contextual and environmental conditions. By injecting the site with an infrastructural array of multiple cutting edge technologies, the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard can be re-stabilized therefore presenting many spatial opportunities over time.

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TOXIC CONDITION RECOVERY TIME LINE BEFORE

2012 A.D. Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard has been a missile testing site since the early 1940’s. This has caused radiation poisoning on the site, both on land and the surrounding bay area.

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2015 A.D. The goal is to have the site completely free of toxic and radioctive waste.

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RADIATION LEVELS

RADIATION LEVELS

01/01/12

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RADIATION LEVELS

RADIATION LEVELS 01/01/14

01/01/15

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FILTRATION SYSTEM (SITE INJECTIONS) The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard on its National Priority List (NPL) in 1989. Various locations of the shipyard are contaminated with petroleum fuels, pesticides, heavy metals (such as lead and zinc), and volatile organic compounds.

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FILTER

Cross-Section This filtration system, utilizes the latest in irradiation & desalination technologies in order to bring balance back to the neighboring ecological systems and to also make the bay water safe for human use.

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AQUATIC SOLAR FARM

FLOATING SOLAR CELLS In order to provide power to the filters, new sustainable technologies will be used to provide the filtration system with clean energy. While these solar cells harvest the sun’s energy, they also collect kinetic energy from the ocean’s waves.

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The cells are easily visible, and recreational use in the area is encouraged so that any wakes produced will help generate power.

The cells light up during twilight hours so that water vehicles may pass through the area safely.

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“THE STAGE” (RE-PURPOSING THE SITE )

Since the 1940’s the United States Navy has been using this enormous structure to testfire large missiles. Famously coined as “The Stage”, this missile testing site has been out of commission since the early 90’s. In order to keep the same concept of the abandoned structure, but with a more “humanitarian” twist, the infrastructure is still in place allowing for multiple uses that will give back to the neighboring communities. Once the site’s radiation levels have become stable and safe for public use, the design proposal consists of a large high-definition screen that will hang from the existing rafters of the massive structure. A large platform will also suspend using steel cables, capable of holding thousands at a time. The aquatic solar farms will provide clean energy allowing for it to be used year-round.

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ELM STREET LIBRARY Dallas, TX

This design aims to re-imagine the traditional aspects of library design in order to re-establish a connection with the user. In this day and age where information can be ascertained instantly, one can make the argument that books are becoming more and more obsolete. The main idea behind this design revolves around the rare books stacks. Theses stacks are intended to be viewed as a “Mural of Knowledge.” As one moves through the building, he or she can view the stacks from various points in space within the building. The books are further celebrated by the self-sustaining structure of the rare book stacks. The interior courtyard functions as a “vertical reading room” and “light scoop”, filtering softened light into various spaces within the building. This “Vertical Reading Room” can be accessed from any floor in the building allowing those who occupy the library and administrative areas the ability to use this space.

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SITE STRATEGY Prior to any design, an extensive analysis of Dallas was necessary, In order to better understand its urban fabric. The Dallas Fort Worth area has long been criticized for its reliance on the automobile. It is almost impossible to get anywhere in the city without a car being that the city has historically approached urban design with an approach that contributes to urban and suburban sprawl. The main entry into the library align itself with the John F. Kennedy Memorial , which is directly south from the site. By completing the urban block, the public space , previously un-contained, now becomes a more defined space promoting urban stimulation by pronouncing the space.

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DALLAS ANALYSIS

STRUCTURES

WATER ELEMENTS

GREEN ELEMENTS

STREETS

INTERIOR STREET

SIDEWALKS

Figure ground of the existing vicinity.

Figure ground of the entire city of Dallas.

PARKING LOTS

PRESENT DEVELOPMENT (CONST..)

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VERTICAL READING ROOM

READING CARRELS

RARE BOOKS STACKS

STRUCTURE

SUN SHADING SYTEM

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FLOOR PLAN/ SECTION LEGEND 1 6

1.) Rare Books 2.) Vertical Reading Room 3.) Bookstore/ Cafe 4.) “Living Room” 5.) Entry Lobby 6.) Art Gallery 7.) Digital Media Lab 8.) Reading Carrels 9.) Regular Collection 10.) Administration 11.) Utility Core

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Above: Cross-section looking through to the rare book stacks (jewel)

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Section of the reading carrels.


Exterior Renderings

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Dallas, TX

The idea was to inspire the artist in residence by putting a real emphasis on the presentation of their work, on-site in an urban setting. This was attempted by creating an “Urban Frame” that literally the artwork created within. This idea was inspired by the frame of a painting and allows the building to act as a metaphor for the process of creating art. While either side of the site have very different functions, they are unified by a datum wall that allows for the establishment of various zones that are simultaneously unified and separate. This site is organized into two main spatial functions, “Fabrication” and “Presentation.” Presentation to the North, and fabrication on the south end of the site. One may enter the site from either Gould or Akard Street. One is led up to the gallery or “presentation” space by a monumental staircase that presents itself on Akard St. If driving, one may park and enter from Gould St.

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First Floor

Exploded Axonometric

Elevations

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Second Floor

Sections


Arrival @ Akard St.

Gallery Terrace Space

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OASIS COMMUNITY CENTER

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Oasis Community Center Phoenix, AZ

The Oasis Community Center is intended to act as an isolated node within a barren context. The existing conditions of the site allow for a unique opportunity in terms of how the spaces function. The program of the building includes spaces for recreational and administrative purposes that will serve the nearby community. The clients ask that there be ample outdoor space that will contain a large recreational pool, a diving platform, and spaces for those who wish to lounge. It was also requested that there be a small events center that will host events ranging from weddings to birthday parties. This community center aims to offer a place where one can go to enjoy the company of there fellow community members as well as act as an escape from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.

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PROGRESSIVE AXONOMETRIC SECTIONS 1.) Olympic size Pool 2.) Lap Pool 3.) Restaurant/ Bar 4.) Administration 5.) Reception 6.) Day Care 7.) Lounge Area 8.) Storage 9.) Lecture/ Media 10.) Locker Rooms 11.) Mechanical (pool)

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Entry Level Floor Plan

Floor Plan Pool Level

Pool Level Elevation

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Render : Corridor @ Conference Rooms

(Basswood Model) Aerial view into pool area.

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Staircase leading down to pool area.

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Garden & Catering Pavilion The American Academy in Rome Rome, Italy The essence of this design is centered around the dilemma of building and its immediate relationship to the landscape. The director of the American Academy in Rome, would like to have a small catering pavilion built at his home located at the Villa Aurelia. The program requires a new gate with the new structure for catering and entertaining. This shall be accomplished on the ground level. Housing (6-8 small guest rooms) will be located on the upper level above the catering area. The director has given two optional locations for the intervention. Site selection was open to the north of the Villa gardens or to the south near an old existing gate. The client requested that the garden should reflect his interest while remaining elegant and dignified. The garden terraces shall be viewed for dining and other gala events. An exterior room “The Room of the Muses� was also required to be located within the garden.

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Design Objective(s) The main strategy behind the organizational methods of the garden, deals with the idea that the entire garden and pavilion act as a cohesion of articulated spaces, rather than a specific point of arrival. The director of the school has also requested that he would like to see elements of classical Italian Renaissance gardens including:

1.) Alle 2.) Boscoe (Natural Forest) 3.) Containment 4.) Grotto 5.) Water Element 6.) A view to the planes beyond

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Parti Sketches

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Model Photograph: Southwest Bird’s Eye

Model Photograph: South Elevation View

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REFRACTED INSTANCES


“REFRACTED INSTANCES” DAYLIGHT SPACES COMPETITION

Concept This sinuous structure utilizes light through and on several mediums that would create various reflections, refractions, and diffusions. Water, glass, translucent and opaque materials, use light from the sun and the surrounding ambient light. The various properties of light allow for multiple opportunities of its utilization. Daylight fuses with water and translucent materials to create a “light structure” that uses various diffusion processes that generate light forms within the space. The structure provides an experience that can demonstrate how daylight can be used to its fullest potential. These installations strive to break away from the mundane. Here light is diffused, refracted, reflected, and projected through a series of cylindrical forms that contain globules of water. The light moves through various layers of the aforementioned processes creating a series of light fractals within the space. The light forms are perpetually morphing on, in, and around the various surfaces. As one moves through the space, they are encapsulated by vibrant colors and a rich spatial experience.


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ECSTASY OF THERESA ECSTASY OFST. ST.THERESA (Graphical Analysis)

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ABSTRACT ROPE ANALYSIS Hand Drawings

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EDUCATION The University of Texas at Arlington Bachelor of Science in Architecture. August 2012 WORK EXPERIENCE

Ascension Group Architects

Project Intern From December 2007 to July 2012.

Rogue Architects

Project Intern Since September 2012

SKILL HIGHLIGHTS AutoCAD, Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max Rhino 3d, Grasshopper, Keyshot, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Flash Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere

M atthew J oseph L opez 817.800.2530 mattjlopez@yahoo.com



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