Neptune Society Memorial Reef Competition
Jamaica Pond School House
Haus Am Kleistpark
Special Topics: Istanbul
Architecture is a spectrum of events, reliant upon the impact of several ephemeral and permanent elements that come together to generate an energy and atmosphere of continuum flux. My work places an emphasis upon exploring the poetics of a concept and pushing their capabilities through the translation of the built form. The concept remains visible in the final design and contributes to the overall scheme, while continuing to be relevant in the smaller details. These projects strive to form a connection with its site and become an extension, rather than an addition. They produce an image of a building that is able to give back to its users and surrounding environment.
Baker House, MIT | Alvar Aalto
NEPTUNE SOCIETY MEMORIAL REEF COMPETITION
DURATION | 1 WEEK
This project was a studio-wide competition to design a memorial reef chapel for the Neptune Society, a funerary group that offers to build underwater columbariums in the form of reefs for families who wish to have an alternative aquatic resting place for their loved ones. The program called for a funerary chapel and a columbarium to be designed on Moon Island in the Boston Harbor to provide an architectural presence with supportive amenities to visitors of the reef.
The inspiration for this project was generated from unlacing the shape of the infinity symbol to represent a link from the land to the sea, representing a connection between the departed and the living.
SITE PLANNING & LANDSCAPE | STUDIO IV PROFESSOR | MARK KLOPFER
Entry is through a singular underground path that rises up through the earth to create the chapel and memorial garden. The path branches out to the harbor, giving the user the option to move to the dock or columbariums. The separate columbariums represent the frayed ends of the unlaced infinity symbol and how we all have many ways of dealing with death.
JAMAICA POND SCHOOLHOUSE Located at the top of the Emerald Necklace just outside of Boston, Jamaica Pond is a public park, embraced by the community, and is home to many year round activities. The addition of the school poses the challenge of placing a group of young children in a very public setting with lots of traffic on one side and a very accessible site from all other sides. Through a series of large stone walls, the program is built to guide the child through the school with each wall separating the functions from each other and orienting the K-5 grades to a space geared towards their level of activity and course focus.
SITE PLANNING & LANDSCAPE | STUDIO IV PROFESSOR | MARK KLOPFER
The arrangement of the K-2 classrooms is a response to their relationship with the protruding contours to allow space for the outdoor learning areas. Grades 3-5 are mirrored across the center stone wall and shift back to allow space for the library where the contours move in closer to the site.
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HAUS AM KLEISTPARK Located in the Schöneberg district of Berlin, Haus Am Kleistpark is a pre-WWII structure that fell victim to the air raids, losing a wing which has since been crudely sealed with concrete. Formerly a botanical garden, it had a strong connection to the park, which has since been lost. The haus currently functions as a music school for the youth and resides on the edge of Kleistpark, a light recreational space with Berlin’s courthouse at the top. The addition includes a multi-use performance hall with rehearsal spaces that cantilever out into the park. The exhibition space works with the operable elements of the hall to open the extension up to the park and bring the park into the extension.
COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN | STUDIO V ¨ PROFESSOR: JOACHIM DORR
As a comprehensive studio, emphasis was placed on detailing developed building elements and integrating passive design systems to improve the interior environment. Passive design strategies include both fixed and operable louver elements to regulate or adapt interior conditions to the changing exterior as well as the placement of program to enhance the effectiveness of these systems.
The application of passive systems extends to the programâ€™s needs in the form of elements that adjust the physical [makeup] to improve upon the quality of the space as well as to benefit the experience of the user. Such elements include movable partitions on the stage that open the performance hall up to the park, embracing the public nature of the buildingâ€™s history and its intended future. 20
The structure and language of the existing Haus experiences a transformation as the new performance hall becomes an extension of the building. The extension presents itself as an alternative, improvisational piece that extracts and implements the formerâ€™s qualities through a sense of freedom and opportunities for transparency. These sensations are attained through the ability of the user to access all of the program both physically and visually, while still maintaining an understanding of themselves as an active spectator.
Extensive Vegetated Roof Precast Concrete Parapet Metal Tie Metal Flashing Sawtooth Sturcutre
Sun Shades Triple Glazing
Double Glazing Maintenance Walkway Insulated Drainage System
Insulated Operable Louvers
DETAILED BUILDING SECTION
AXONOMETRIC STAIR DETAIL
SUSPENDED STAIR PLAN DETAIL
TIE METAL FLASHING
0.10 0.08 0.20
4.36 0.18 0.06
WATER RETENTION LAYER
CONCRETE ROOF SLAB VAPOR RETARDER RIGID INSULATION WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE
0.06 0.02 0.12 0.01 0.26
VERTICAL MULLION ALUMINUM COVER HORIZONTAL MULLION
WOOD FLOORING PLYWOOD SUBFLOOR CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB
DETAILED FACADE SECTION
BREATHABLE SKIN CURTAIN WALL SUPPORT
WELDED CONNECTION TO TRUSS MAINTENANCE WALKWAY 0.02
GLASS PANE SPIDER CLAMP VERTICAL TRUSS TRUSS SUPPORT ANCHOR PLATE
ISTANBUL A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PREVIOUS EMPIRES This project comes my advanced topics 10 - day travel to Istanbul in the Fall of 2012. The inspiration for this project came from a journey taken from the Little Hagia Sophia through the dense urban neighborhoods up to the Hagia Sophia in the vast Sultanahmet Square. There was so much life along the way amongst the shops, restaurants and bazaars that tells about the way of living in Istanbul in the communities, creating an unspoken narrative along the path to the grand mosques of Sultanahmet Square.
SPECIAL TOPICS | STUDIO VII PROFESSOR: WELDON PRIES
This development seeks to extend the journey to the water, continuing the story of the life of Istanbul through a progression from sea to land amongst the arrival of people and the trades. This integrated presence of the infrastructure and industry is important because the process of living reveals itself as one progresses through the port that has ships bringing in trades from all over the world to the wharves, which send them into their respective hans.
This is the truth of Istanbul â€“ the physical work and trades are not hidden, but instead are highly visible and integrated into the peopleâ€™s lives and celebrated amongst the architecture. There are three wharves with their respective hans and bazaars that are each designated a specific type of trade: the fishermanâ€™s wharf, the regional wharf and the international wharf. Each wharf relays its trades to their respective hans by using the suspension structures as gantry cranes to make the celebrated integration of the trades with the architecture. The cranes pass over the marina and into the hans, making this process very visible throughout the site and stating the significance of the arrival of the trades to the site known.
These buildings are fulcrums of activity around the site, establishing an engaged relationship with the architecture, a broader relationship with the marina and ultimately a link between the Little Hagia Sophia, wall and the sea. These buildings represent a new era for Istanbul by bringing a new idea of integration of the peopleâ€™s relationship to the architecture, trades and place. The buildings have light, transparent qualities as not to disturb the previous empires, but also a defining face to start a new chapter for Istanbul to write its own tomorrow. 36
An effective image does not reveal the depth of its complexion through an explanation of technique or selection, but instead through its capability to captivate, enliven and address the viewer through the story it contains. No matter how simple or complex, the image must be capable of planting the viewer in a place with an environment for them to explore and allow their mind to breach the intangible reality of its existence. Photography for me has revealed itself as an outlet for my mind to traverse through the entirety of its process. Unlike documentation, my approach embraces a sense of exploration and the realm of the impulsive to capture a moment while maintaining a sense of time, both of the past and undetermined future. This methodology has developed in my own work by fusing the two worlds of the visionary and the practical to create an impression of an attainable state of understanding between the user and the translation.
Myyrmaki Church, Juha Leiviska | Myyrmaki, Finland 40
Olympic Regatta Pavilion, 1980 Olympics | Tallinn, Estonia
Thermal Baths, Peter Zumthor | Vals, Switzerland 42
Woodland Cemetery, Gunnar Asplund | Stockholm, Sweden
MAXXII Museum, Zaha Hadid | Rome, Italy 44
Olympiastadion Berlin, Germany
Blue Mosque, Mimar Sinan | Istanbul, Turkey 46
This portfolio contains a selection of work completed during my undergraduate and graduate programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology. T...