MADISON BLANK PORTFOLIO
ADC 109 Design Studio I | Fall 2018 The poetâ€™s hut project is an exploration of form, space, and light. The assignment was to create a meditative space for a haiku poet living in rural Japan which can either be tranquil or exciting. I decided to create a space which is exciting through the use of dramatic, irregular prisms arranged asymmetrically. The triangular ceiling windows allow light to be dispered in a beautiful array of shapes which move around the space following the direction of the sun.
JOHN COLTRANE PARK
ADC 109 Design Studio I | Fall 2018 For this assignment, we were asked to create an outdoor museum and garden dedicated to a prominent figure in Philadelphia history. The site is located on the west lawn of the Winnet Building at the Community College of Philadelphia off of 18th Street. I chose to dedicate my park to John Coltrane, a world-renowned jazz musician from Philadelphia. The design of my park is inspired by the rhythm and highly staccato, melodic flow of jazz music, particulary Coltraneâ€™s iconic saxophone cadence.
ADC 159 Design Studio II | Spring 2019 The Art Gallery project is an interior and exterior renovation of an existing rowhome in Philadelphia into a five level art gallery with a facade design intended to represent the type of art featured in the gallery. I chose to create a handmade musical instrument gallery. The design of my facade represents the natural flow of musical notes, vibrations, and rhythms. This concept is then applied to the interior floor plans which focus on circular movement and flow.
Facade Sketches Final Model
Physical Model Rendering
SketchUp Model Rendering
Elevation and Section
Finishes, Furniture, and Color Palette
ADC 160 Presentation Techniques | Spring 2019 The coffee house project is an elevation study of an interior space at the Community College of Philadelphia. This was a hand drafting exercise which introduced the use of markers.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS PART 1 ADC 209 Design Studio III | Fall 2019
The Frank Lloyd Wright Conceptual Analysis is a two part assignment which asks the students to analyze one of Wrightâ€™s residential buildings and create diagrams which serve to deconstruct the design intent. I was assigned to analyze the Arthur B. Heurtley house located in Oak Park, Illinois. I created hand-drafted diagrams and sketches of the house interpreting qualities such as parti, circulation to use, and structure.
The overall geometric construction of the home is a variety of rectangles that collectively create one large rectangle.
The natural light penetrates the east and west rows of windows and illuminates the home, particularly at dusk and dawn.
Upper Floor Plan
The upper floor plan reflects a classic Prairie house design with strong horizontal lines and a cantilevered flat roof.
The buildingâ€™s structure relies on a series of support columns and load bearing walls.
Circulation to Use
The circulation begins with a centralized staircase and moves through the two public spaces- the living room and dining room. The rest of the circulation is private.
Arthur B. Heurtley House
The main concept for the upper floor is two key sections, public and private, which are interconnected by a primary staircase located left-of-center.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS PART 2 ADC 209 Design Studio III | Fall 2019
The second part of the Frank Lloyd Wright conceptual analysis is to design a 3-D model which investigates the design principles of Wrightâ€™s work. For my design inspiration, I chose to analyze the David and Gladys Wright house which was built in 1952 in Phoenix, Arizona. I began with two study models which uncovered the underlying design concepts: circumabulatory movement, duality, orbit, and spiraling. In order to convey these qualities, I decided to focus on the circularity and vertical movement by creating discs placed diagonally on a tall cylinder to suggest spiraling. By implementing these design concepts, Wright was trying to create feelings of interconnectivity, exploration, and excitement within the family.
David and Gladys Wright House Sketch
Preliminary Final Model Sketches
Final Model (Center) and Study Models
MANIPULATING LIGHT - A FIXTURE DESIGN ADC 209 Design Studio III | Fall 2019
For this assignment, we were asked to design and construct a full-scale light fixture that is meant to transform generalized light from the bulb into a light that is abstract and meaningful. The design principles followed are those created by Frank Lloyd Wright. My design concept is one that focuses on the interaction between form and space, and how the addition of light affects the perception of the object. I decided to follow Wrightâ€™s principles of diagonal axis, corner windows, overlapping planes, and vertical movement.
Study Models (Left and Center) and Final Model
ADC 209 Design Studio III | Fall 2019 The artistâ€™s loft is a three story apartment which acts as the primary working and living space for a young artist named Jo-Joe. The design intent is to provide a space where Jo-Joe feels free to express themselves creatively to the world. The ideas of freedom and self-expression are shown through the use of a fully translucent facade which when looking from the outside in reveals the many layers of partitions and cutaways, allowing the viewer to see a glimpse into the artistsâ€™ life. A light, airy, and open feeling is achieved in the space through the use of two floating staircases, subtractive spaces, and light, natural materials. The first floor includes a bathroom and a large open space for creating art. The second floor contains a small kitchenette with access to the third floor, which acts as a bedroom.
First Floor Plan
Second and Third Floor
Physical Model Elevation
Physical Model Interior
First Floor Studio
Third Floor Bedroom
ART 105 Drawing I | Fall 2018 Portrait of a classmate using vine charcoal.
ART 105 Drawing I | Fall 2018 Figure study drawing using vine charcoal and charcoal pencils.
VOCABULARY COLLAGE ADC 221 History I | Fall 2019
This is a collage of thirty hand-drawn ink sketches of vocabulary terms for my History of Architecture and Interior Design I course. I chose to approach this assignment with the use of strong graphics and bold notan.
VAFA 181 Intro to Ceramics | Fall 2015 This vessel was constructed using a coil hand-building technique with terracotta clay. My inspiration was the depiction of female bodies in Renaissance art.