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Digital Portfolio Marcus O’Connell


Contents

1.measure

2.masterplan

3.Dwelling

4.Airport

5.Analyse


an analysis of the acoustic environment within the locker room at dubai offshore sailing club. Moments along a thirty second period of heavy use are mapped.

A group exercise for the masterplanning of thirteen sustainable mixed use dwellings in grangetown, cardiff. two typologies, a townhouse and a mews house were developed.

individual development of the townhouse typology, I took a three bedroom, five person unit and developed it in conjunction with the masterplan’s parti.

an Airport masterplan for newport. with two terminals, it is of similar scale and passenger capacity to manchester airport, and follows the stansted satellite model.

analysis of public amenities in pontypridd; it was interesting to interrogate the success of local retail, and we took a three dimensional approach to mapping the trends.


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1.measure


My sailing club is a place of great sentimental value to me. The locker room was a place to cool off after a day in the sun, its sounds and atmosphere truly unique. I attempted to measure these subjective experiences through analysis of sound. thirty seconds proved to encompass the feel of the acoustic environment well. I also sought to perform a hertzberger analysis of how one finds privacywithin a public space.


marcus o’connell: wsa acoustic Events along a thirty second timeline

rattle flush door shower


drier locker shower door


marcus o’connell: wsa For temp inside to remain constant:

the room gains heat most quickly through the windows, and the ac works to balance the effect.


missing window

ac


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Circulation changing bag/shoe storage awkward out of the way


My personal place within a shared space


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2.Masterplan


grangetown is an area lacking community spirit, and one main design challenge was to create a sense of engagement with not only residents of the development itslef, but also the wider communiity as a whole. We saw a mixed use development with community centre, dining and retail linking two housing typologies as a solution which creaties oppurtunities for community interaction.


marcus o’connell: wsa 4-5 bed town houses 1-2 Bed Mews Houses Community Centre Recycling station Retail & dining


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Mews houses, Elevation

Town houses, Elevation


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Left:

mews sectional model

right:

Cafe and public square


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3.Dwelling


Taking the larger townhouse typology from the masterplan forward, I developed a three bedroom, four person house. The parti of the project was to continue the mass/void rhythm from the masterplan and reduce it to a domestic scale. I achieved this by creating a heavy brick wall to the north, housing the dwelling’s services, stairs and toilets, dissolving into a permeable timber clad south facade and terrace, transmitting light inside.


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Concept board: North vs. SOuth walls


Dw e l l i n g in context


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Void

Mass


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Town houses: Front elevation

Town houses: Rear elevation


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A permeable timber wall to the south transmits light and A solid wall to the north houses services


Tectonic wall section


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Coping sloped for drainage TURN UP, 50mm

Technical section

CAP RECIEVER CAP BASE FLASHING welsh grown sweET chesnut Flooring ParapET Flas hing

CONCRETE SLAB ROOF

Spandrel Flashing Weep Holes, 600 o.C

Hardwood Floorboards & Clips Rigid insulate board Timber beams, 600 o.c Steel ‘o’ to hold beam Rigid board insulate

plaSTerboard ceiling turn up, 50mm

150 differential flashing Silicone sealed glazing flush with exterior Double glazing in 50x50mm finnish birch ply angle frame, glued

Render Wall Ties vertically spaced 400 o.C Exposed red brick flashing screen door flush with exterior

Flashing ConcrETe Subsill Flashing Membrane waterproofing reinforced concrETe foundation wall

ConcrETe Blockwork Turn up, 50mm Steel L Beams as lintel Finnish Birch plywood framed double glazed Sliding Door

Hardwood floorboards & Clips ConcrETe ground slab hardcore damp proofed perimETer insulation


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Lighting conditions on the terrace at sunrise


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4.Airport


I was commissioned by students from the cardiff school of city and regional planning to develop a masterplan for a two terminal airport and airport city east of newport. The scheme is futureproofed, with runways and taxiways to accommodate the largest aircraft, and uses a typology of terminals as easy to navigate ‘sheds’ with services below, and isolated sattelite buildings for boarding and disboarding, accessible by train.


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m4 rail links airport Newport City centre urban extension


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Airport city: Retail & Train Station Luxury Hotel Economy Hotel Staff Parking Short Stay Parking: 5000 Spaces Long Stay Parking: 10000 Spaces Air Traffic Control airbridges Catering/services hangars: Private/corporate, fixed based operators emergency services General Aviation Ramp


Sattelite building

Terminal Concourse

Airport City

Long section through terminal & sattelite

Parking


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Section through sattelite building


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A pedestrianised plaza between the terminals and airport city, with a naturally lit (by light wells) vehicular drop off below, offers views between the terminals to the sattelite buildings and glimpses of the activity of ground staff and baggage handling in the services undercroft.


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5.Analyse


By analysing pontypridd’s public amenities, location, frequency and success, we are able to better understand the city and make a considered intervention in the forthcoming project. after mapping general amenities, we discovered drastic trends in retail success with location along what is essentially a very short high street. modelling this in the form of a three dimensional bar graph allowed us to better understand the trend.


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YMCA & Youth employment bureau Municipal hall Dept. of health & Social Security Municipal Buildings army recruiting centre town hall inSTitute library council office hall railway STation poST office regiSTry office hall magiSTrates court


“will the new shopping precinCT do better business than the shops down here currently do?” “Oh there’s no way it couldn’t. It’s dead down here now.” [Local temporary shopkeeper]

TAFF HIGH STreet Retail (Brightness indicative of success) Green & Recreational Spaces Car Parking public toilets emergency services healthcare education Places of IntereST Area to be demolished

“The public toilets are extremely well maintained, what are your thoughts on their location?” “no one knows they’re there, and the ones in town are 20p a pee. pontypridd needs more public toilets.” [Museum and visitor’s centre coordinator]


marcus o’connell: wsa public amenities: Marcus O’Connell, chris ma, Ben Ludlow

Towards the north end of the high STreet, up to 90% of shops have gone out of business. local businesses and commercial high STreet names alike have suffered decreased trade as big brands take over the city centre. A similar, although less severe effeCT was observed at the south end of the STreet.


public amenities: Marcus O’Connell, chris ma, Ben Ludlow


marcus o’connell: wsa public amenities: Marcus O’Connell, chris ma, Ben Ludlow

A 3d approach to mapping retail trends has allowed us to observe graphically the way in A 3d success bar graph approach to mapping retail us to which of retail diminishes with diSTance from the city centre. Aallows kind of 3d Bar Graph. graphically observe diminishing success with location.


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Architecture Portfolio  

A digital portfolio of work produced by Marcus O'Connell, Welsh School of Architecture, in the first term of year two.

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