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Melanie Abbott -select work

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Light Study

The Pavilion Date: December 2002 Subject: The Pavilion Site: Horseshoe Island Program: Community rest stop, shelter, meditation, Instructor: Roger Mullin

Plan and Section of proposed Pavilion Horseshoe Park, Nova Scotia

Project Description: This pavilion is primarily designed as a place of rest and reflection for community members. Situated on the Northwest Arm, the pavilion would be frequented by runners, dog walkers, sailors etc. The emphasis on light, and darkness is intended to move the occupant throughout the space, allowing the individual to pause, reflect move through the space.


The Cube Date: April 2004 Subject: Art Centre Site: Darthmouth, NS

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Program: Dance Studio and theatre, Glass Studio and exhibition, Movie Theatre, Metal Shop, and Cafe

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Project Description: This project was an exploration of building materials and skin. Each artistic space is distinctly represented on the inside and outside, as to hint to what it holds.

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Area created for movie viewing on the inside the building and outside on the building skin.

It attempts to demonstrates how a building can both house art and be a statement of performing art itself. The building and the user should move with each exploring possibility and providing enjoyment.

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Design Lab

Date: February 2004 one week module Subject: Synder’s Shipyard Site: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Program: Fishing Plant Instructor: Brian McKay-Lyons Project Description: The design of this building makes a clear gesture out from the land, while maintaining its connection to it. Located on the edge, it is a simple design that is meant to blend with its surroundings rather than become the focal point of the area.


Tech Models

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Date: July 2003 Kuntz Museum Berlin - Peter Zumthor Wall details were carefully researched and recreated to demonstrate the construction of the Kuntz Museum. Date:

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School of Management, Dalhousie University The footprint of the building was minimized to allow for a large park on the south side, while allowing its double skin to act as a solar shade. The north/east and West facades are flexible grid patterns to allow for safe ventilation at night. Date: May 2003 Rigid Portal Frame1:5 In constructing and breaking the span we were able to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of the design and rigid portal frames in general. We had the opportunity to learn from our own work and by sharing and observing in the work of our classmates


Community Design Community Housing Study: What makes a house a home? What makes a group of houses a community? Borneo Sporenburg Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: July 2008

Proposal for housing and community development includes Cultural Centre, Greenhouse and Marketplace, and Green Street Houses

Subject: Off Grid Community Design Greenhouse and Market place: community shared green house, (food and algae production) community market, cafe and artist studios, right

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Hydrostone Halifax, Nova Scotia

Site: Eskasoni, NS Program: Off Grid community: housing, culture Centre, Library, Green House, Market, Artisan space. Instructor: Richard Kroeker Project Description: The objective of this integrated learning studio which combined design, technology and material culture as an alternative to the mono-culture of subdivision. The project was an exploration of the Mi’kMaq culture, ecology and new technology. The intention was to create innovative living patterns, and models for housing and community living.

Plan Proposal Eskasoni, Nova Scotia

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Community Design

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Cultural Centre: library, media centre, classrooms, conference room for community meetings, social gathering space house elevation with growing nodes

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finding the design, selecting the wood, peeling it back, bending it, building it...

Coastal Guest House Date: July 18- August ,1 2008 Subject: Bent Wood Guest House Site: East Pennant, NS Instructor: Richard Kroeker Project Description: For the past few years the School of Architecture has conducted design-build labs during the last two weeks in July. They are supervised by faculty members or sessional instructors, and involve undergraduate and graduate architecture students directly in issues of construction, performance, and material in relation to design. Projects typically include small buildings, landscape installations, films, and performances. Some projects are constructed on the grounds of the university’s Sexton Campus. Others are located elsewhere in Halifax and beyond. This freelab explored the bend wood truss designed by Richard Kroeker, engineered by bureau happold.


Integrated Learning Centre material study of light and translucent concrete

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Date: December 2008 Subject: Integrated Learning building for Engineering Site: Dalhousie University halifax, NS

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site analysis and proposal: Improve existing buildings and ignite poorly used space which allow for improved green space, and gathering areas on campus with minimal footprint.

Project Description: The Dalhousie Sexton campus includes Engineers, architects and urban Planners. The intention of the integrated learning building was to provide a new space for the engineering department which would also improve the campus as a whole. Students learn not only in the classroom but through the visual stimulation, improved working space and most importantly, the interaction with the surrounding students and departments.


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pavilion and audiotorium ground level entrance

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Integrated Learning Centre

Section through site (North-South): Entrance to Exhibition Pavilion, Auditorium, library and Classrooms


Communications

Clock wise from Left: Date: 2001- 2008 The selected works are from personal drawings and communications class. They highlight different techniques or modes of representing or interpreting an object.

- First Isometric - Philip Johnson’s glass House - Yarn close-up -

Apple on Tablecloth Reflective + Transparent light Girl sitting on chair Mi’kmaq Basket

- Eggs - Three tone Collage


Travels Date: 2002 - 2007 Subject: Travel Sites: Seoul Beijing Shanghai Bangkok Prague Florence Paris Description: Having the opportunity to live and work abroad has tested my abilities to effectively work and communicate with people from different backgrounds, under a variety of conditions. My experiences have helped me grow and mature in such a way that I see the world differently than before. Having had the opportunity to see a small glimpse of the world, I feel more confident to move within it in a more positive way.


Melanie Abbott Portfolio 2009