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2013 Works Matt Robinson


Contents Architectural

Surface 01 Locomotive Gym Starkville Market Smithville Masterplan Civic Complex Facade 01

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Chair 01 Bench 01

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Surface 01 Jackson, MS

The design for this project is built on the idea that buildings in a urban context should not overpower their context. Urban buildings are apart of a larger fabric that create cities. Overstated figural moves can counteract and disrupt that fabric and the qualities of the surfaces within the fabric that hold it together. This project focus on surface and how you design a surface with multiple layers of perception of both physical (far away and up close) and over time. First, there are two main layers of physical perception: far away and up close. Far away we see less detail and surface becomes more about bolder moves in pattern, color, and form. Up close, surface is more about subtle changes in color, pattern, and texture. Second, the design utilizes subtle detail to create changes that are revealed over time. The concept creates a building that is apart of the fabric through a layered surface that is reveal its beauty over time.


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pre-cast stone cap 5/8’’ sheating vapor barrier 10’’ sloped rigid insulation 6’’x8’’ scupper brick with dark grey mortar 4’’ conrete slab I-section steel girder steel web joist brick with light grey mortar vibration isolating hangers steel shelf angle steel angle lintel 5/8’’ plaster 3/4’’ plywood steel studs 3/4’’ wood flooring 4’’ concrete slab brick with dark grey mortar steel shelf angle brick screen steel angle frame

brick screen steel angle frame lateral bracing steel angle 1/2’’ steel soffit soffit vent hole 8’’ tube steel steel shelf angle lintel

vapor barrier 6’’ concrete slab brick pavers stack bond 1’x1’ I-section steel column brick pavers running bond 3’’ rigid insulation 3/4’’ rebar 8’’ drain pipe piles

detail section

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Locomotive Gym Yerevan, Armenia

Armenia is a developing country where the local construction methods have adopted a bricoleur mindset that uses whatever local mateials are most readily available. Using this mindset, the project was designed first through a series of drawings, second in physical models, and last through a facade study.


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Starkville Market Starkville, MS

Downtown Starkville is like many small towns in Mississippi: The downtown consists of one main street fronted by two- and three-storey row houses. To establish a tie to the existing downtown landscape, we studied the historical context of the row house. Over time, these buildings merge to create larger spaces based upon occupant need. This freedom of expansion encourages the opportunity for growth without eliminating smaller businesses. This freedom and flexibility inspired us to use the concept of the row house as a basis for our design.


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Smithville Masterplan Smithville, MS

Many small towns were founded due to economic or natural resources. Under the dual weight of a struggling economy and a lack of need for those resources, small towns are facing extinction. In order to cope, many are relinquishing the small town way of life in favor of growth and urbanization. While one town may not be able to stand on its own, however, a network of them offers more hope. Using the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway as a literal and idealogical backbone, small towns can avoid both decay and the “necessity� of expansion by using regional networks and neighboring cities’ resources. On April 27, 2011, the town of Smithville was devastated by an EF5 tornado. In its effort to rebuild, Smithville offers the opportunity to re-define what it means to be a small town in 21st century America. Instead of tying itself to a single resource or interstate, it can instead connect itself to several different networks and assets. The redevelopment of Smithville should connect the waterway, the railroad, and the highway, creating a strip of social and commercial activity that will help draw immediate attention to the town and secure its ability to survive even when one resource is depleted.


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Civic Complex Smithville, MS

Having finalized the masterplan for Smithville, the next step was to design a municipal complex that consisted of a civic center, a library, and a firestation. The design for these buildings mediated between degrees of both permanence and transparency. Proportions and dimensions were drawn from existing row house-type buildings. Concrete walls provided the strength and solidity expected of a civic building, while a wooden screen helped soften the image for public interaction. In a later iteration, the design for the municipal complex became a general proposal for row house retrofitting. A system was created that would allow the bearing walls of a row house to be edited and re-configured into a cohesive new format. Many of the details were left as parameters, to be decided by the individuals conducting the retrofit, even while the system itself stayed intact.


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white epdm roofing membrane aluminum flashing weather-sealed mortar concrete wall cap 3/4’’ steel dowel 6’’ rigid polyisocyanurate insulation steel gutter 1/4’’ slope 10’’ pre-cast concrete slab rubber gasket 8 gauge steel angle 3/4’’ bolt wood flooring plywood sub-flooring 1x2 wooden spacers embedded 8 gauge steel plate face mount bracket moisture barrier 24’’ glue-laminated beam 6’’ cast-in-place concrete wall 6’’ loose fill insulation rubber gasket 6’’ concrete slab 4’’ rigid polyisocyanurate insulation aluminum flashing 2’’ rigid polyisocyanurate insulation moisture barrier fliter fabric rubber gasket mortar fill 3’’ perforated drainage pipe

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Facade 01 Jackson, MS

The facade of an entire urban block (in a schematic masterplan) was developed without any inherent program. The study focused on the wall as both surface pattern and sculptural experience. A series of rules and individual patterns (manifested in precast and partially stained concrete panels) created the “distant image� - the wall as understood immediately and from far away. Varying depths and formations of steel-encased windows served to enhance the threedimensional understanding of the wall from nearby.


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stone cap

stone cap

7’’ rigid insulation

7’’ rigid insulation

3’’ concrete roof slab

3’’ concrete roof slab

3/4’’ bolt

3/4’’ bolt

1’ steel web joist

1’ steel web joist

3/8’’ steel angle

3/8’’ steel angle

3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

3’x10’x3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

6’’ rigid insulation

6’’ rigid insulation

2”x8’’ tube steel

3/4’’ bolt

3/8” plate steel

2”x8’’ tube steel

1/8” steel c-channel

3’x5’ window

glass door

1/4’’ plate steel

1”x2” tube steel railing

3/8’’ plate steel

3’’ concrete slab

2”x8’’ tube steel

1’ steel web joist

3/4’’ bolt

4’’ steel c-channel

3’’ concrete slab

insulation fill

1’ steel web joist

3/8’’ steel angle

3/8’’ steel angle

3’x10’x3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

3’x10’x3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

3/4’’ bolt

3/4’’ bolt

2’’ precast concrete panel

2’’ precast concrete panel

2”x8’’ tube steel

2”x8’’ tube steel

3’x5’ window

3’x5’ window

1/4’’ plate steel

1/4’’ plate steel

3/8’’ plate steel

3/8’’ plate steel

2’’ precast concrete panel

2”x8’’ tube steel

2”x8’’ tube steel

3/4’’ bolt

3/4’’ bolt

3’’ concrete slab

3/8’’ steel angle

3/8’’ steel angle

3’’ concrete slab

1’ steel web joist

1’ steel web joist

3’x10’x3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

3’x10’x3 1/2’’ precast concrete panel

2’’ precast concrete panel

3/4’’ bolt

8’’x2’’ tube steel

2’’ precast concrete panel

3’x5’ window

2”x8’’ tube steel

3/8’’ plate steel

door

1/4’’ plate steel

3’’ concrete slab

2’’ concrete panel

1’ steel web joist

8’’x2’’ tube steel

3/8’’ plate steel

6’’ rigid insulation

1/2’’ steel slats

3/8’’ steel angle

precast concrete drain

3’’ concrete slab

6’’ rigid insulation

1’ steel web joist

6’’ concrete slab

precast concrete drain

8’’ concrete footer

6’’ concrete slab 8’’ concrete footer

detail section 1

scale 1/2” = 1’

detail section 2

scale 1/2” = 1’

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Chair 01 The only restriction in the construction of a chair was material: half a sheet of plywood and no mechanical fasteners. The chair was laser etched and stained with the word “SIT� as a playful gesture to people passing.


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Bench 01 School of Architecture, MSU

The idea for the bench was to let people alter the distance between seats, based on preference. Wooden seats slide freely apart from or towards each other along a steel core.


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2013_Works  

Architecture undergraduate portfolio

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