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Master of Architecture Portfolio

Selected Works 2013-2017

Melanie Li 1534 Samuelson Circle Mississauga, ON L5N 8A2


Melanie

E d u c ation Carleton University / Ottawa, ON

Bachelor of Architectural Studies / Design 2013/9 - Present

ÉSC Sainte-Famille / Mississauga, ON

International Baccalaureate graduate

2007/9 - 2013/6

Languages Proficient in English French Creole (Spoken)

Li

Contact 647 225 8868 melanieli_8@hotmail.com https://ca.linkedin.com/in/melanie-li-802b3673

Experience Baxter Canada / Mississauga, ON Customer Care Representative

2015/6 - 2016/8

American Eagle Outfitters / Mississauga, ON Retail Sales Associate

Awards Entrance Scholarship

2015/5 - 2015/8

SBE Canada Ltd. / Mississauga, ON

2013 - 2016

Process Analyst

Dean’s Honour List

2014/5 - 2014/8

2013 / 2014 2014 / 2015 2015 / 2016 2016 / 2017

Publications Selected works in Building 22 (School-wide publication) Edition 15 / 2015 Edition 16 / 2016

T ravel France Italy Japan Mauritius United States

Elections Ontario / Mississauga, ON

Deputy Returning Officer / Head Office Secretary 2014/5 - 2014/7

Skills Autodesk AutoCAD Rhinoceros 3D Autodesk Revit Google SketchUp Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Excel Model Making Hand Drafting Photography


Contents

01 / Billow

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05 / Home for Humanity

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02 / École de légèreté

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06 / Handcraft + Modelling

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03 / A-morphological Canopy

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07 / Personal Works

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04 / Interstice

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08 / Photography

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Billow

A RC S 2 106: Studio 3 S e c o nd year W inte r Term, January-Apr il 2 0 15 P ro f e ssor: Janine Débanné L o ca tio n: Preston St [Little I t a ly] , O t t a wa , O N

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Context plan

Façade exploration

O t t a wa ’s Lit t l e I t a ly neig hb o u r ho o d ha s pr e d o mi n a n t ly b e e n u n d e r s t o o d a s a v ib r a nt b u s ines s d is t r ic t , f r o m it s hu mb le b e gin n in gs t o it s c o mme r c ia l ized c u r r ent s t a t e. To a t t e n u a t e o r r a t he r c o mp lime n t t he a r e a ’ s b u s t lin g na t u r e, a s er ene pu b lic l ibr a r y a n d p la z a a r e pr o po s e d - n e s t le d in a c o r n e r s t r eet b ou nd b y P r es t on St a n d S i d n e y S t . A lib r a r y , in it s p r o g r a mma t ic c h a r a c t er is t ic s , c a n offer a pla c e f o r r e s t , r e f le c t io n , me d it a t i o n a n d g a t he r ing . To a m plify t h es e perc e pt s , t he q u a lit ie s o f g e n t le n e s s a n d e t he r e a ln e s s a r e ex plor ed , a nd u l t im a t e ly e mb o d ie d in t he lib r a r y ’ s f o r m, ma t e r ia ls a n d s pa t ia l c onfig u r a t ions .

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1 1. Book shop + display 2. Info desk + book check-out 3. Main hall (computer workstations + lounge) 4. Seating pit 5. Photocopy station 6. Outdoor steam bench

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Ground floor and Plaza

1 1. Teens section 2. Reading room 3. “Story-telling” room 4. References + periodicals 2 3 4

Second floor

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1. Language learning section + ESL 2. Reading + gathering areas 3. Adult’s fiction/non-fiction + heritage language 4. Meeting room 5. Classroom

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Lower level

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1. Staff lockers 2. Staff room + office 3. Children’s learning room 4. Children’s stacks 5. Children’s play area + seating 6. Mechanical + electrical room 7. Storage


Interior to outdoor plaza perspective

Aerial view of model

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École de légèreté

(“School of Light”)

A RC S 31 05 : Studio 4 Th ird y ear Fa ll Te r m, Septem ber-Dec em b er 2 0 15 P ro f e ssor: Inderbir Riar L o ca tio n: Didsbury Rd and Ca m pea u D r , Ka na t a , O N Me mo ries of our youth oft en ins pir e feeling s of lig h t h ea r t edn e s s , wh imsy, and freedom. T o em u l a t e a s ens e of lig h t nes s a nd c h ild lik e spirit, t he kindergarten sim u lt a neou s ly g iv es a d iffer ent pers p e c t ive o f th e surrounding site an d c r ea t es a s u r r ea l ex per ienc e - one t ha t c hil dre n co uld only im agine. Écol e de l ég èreté a ppea r s a s a n et h er e a l b u ild i n g th a t re st s on slender pilot is . As if floa t ing a b ov e t h e t ips of t he t a ll gra ss o n the K anata site, ch ild r en c a n a d m ir e t h e s c ener y fr o m a highe r va nta ge point, creating se ns a t ions of wond er m ent a nd enc h a n t me n t . I ts ligh tweight appearance is a m plified b y a r efl ec t i v e a nd pe r f o r a t e d gre y b rick façade, cascading lig h t int o t h e s u nken c ou r t ya r d a n d t he o u td o o r playground. T wo b r id g es a llow c h ild r en t o l ook ou t in t o t he c o urty a rd from m ultiple lookou t point s , eng end er ing a pl a yf u l a n d u npre d i ctable circulation t h r ou g h ou t t h e kind er g a r t en.

Model view from North-East façade

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Initial massing on site

Bridges across courtyard are added for supplementary circulation

Massing lifted to achieve floating effect and site excavated to create sunken courtyard

View points inward and outward the kindergarden

Inner mass cut to allow for multi-perspectival views

‘Zig-zag’ circulation to entice kindergarteners’ playful spirits

Model view from South-West façade 9


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Perspective from sunken courtyard

Section detail of perforated brick screen assembly 11


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A-Morphological Canopy

A RC C 4 200: Structural Mo r ph olog y Un d e rgr aduate Design Bu ild Wor ks h op, Th i r d yea r Fa ll Te r m, November-Dec em b er 2 015 P ro f e ssor: M anuel Baez L o ca tio n: Carleton Univer s it y, O t t a wa

A n a iry installation floating a b ov e t h e m a in s t r eet of t h e S c h o o l o f A rch ite cture at Carleton U niv er s it y a ppea r s a s a m es m er izing c a n o py th a t w e lcom es the student s int o t h e b u ild ing . I t s b a s e s t r u c t u r e is a gr id c o nstru cted with thin ribb on, t o wh ic h a piec e of s t r ing a nd b a llo o n a r e tie d a t each grid point. Its flex ib l e s t r u c t u r e a ll ows for a d a pt a b ilit y a n d mo rph o logy, which is achiev ed b y pu l ling d own on a ny poin t .

1. Grid created with ribbon

3. Balloons attached to ribbon ties

2. Ribbon pieces tied to grid

4. Grid pulled at points to morph its form

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Fluttery b allo o ns h o veri ng ab o ve th e m a in s tr eet c a p tu r ed f eel in gs o f j o yf u l a n d l ighthea r ted yo u thf u l n es s .

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Interstice

A RC S 31 06: Studio 5 Th ird y ear W inte r Term, January-Apr il 2 0 16 P ro f e ssor: Thom as Leung L o ca tio n: Yokohama, Japan

Loc a t ed s ou t h of Tokyo , t he p o pu lo u s c it y o f Y o k o ha ma is t he s e t t in g f o r t h e fol lowing pr opos ed k a y a k c lu b a n d c o mmu n i t y c e n t r e . I n s p ir e d b y t he J a pa nes e c u lt u r a l c onv e n t io n , H o n n e a n d T a tem a e , t he c e n t r e b u i ld s u po n t h e pa r a d ox b et ween no t io n s o f r evea l a n d c o n c ea l t o pr o d u c e a n u n c o mmo n a nd m em or a b le ex per ie n c e . T he ma in p r o g r a mma t ic e le me n t s - a lib r a r y , a ka ya k c lu b , a nd a r ec r e a t io n a l c e n t r e - a r e d ivid e d in t o in d ivid u a l b u ilding s , b lu r r i ng t h e l ines b e t w e e n in d o o r a n d o u t d o o r s p a c e . T he in t e r s t it ia l s pa c es c r ea t ed b et ween e a c h s e t o f a d ja c e n t b u ild in gs r e ve a l s pe c ia l vie w s b ot h inwa r d a nd ou t war d t he c e n t r e , a n d pr o vi d e vis it o r s w it h a p la c e f o r c ont em pla t ion, int er a c t io n , a n d o b s e r va t io n .

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Interstitial space concept

View towards boathouse

Entry and view points

Bird’s eye view

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1. Multi-purpose room / Recreational centre 2. Change rooms 3. Kayak club 4. Information centre 5. Library classrooms + Meeting rooms

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Ground floor

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8. Rooftop terrace 9. CafĂŠ 10. Green roof 11. Reading room 12. Cardio room

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Second floor

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View of interstitial space

View of courtyard

View of cafĂŠ terrace 19


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Home for Humanity

A RC S 4 1 05 : Studio 6 Fo u rth year Fa ll Te r m, Septem ber-Dec em b er 2 0 16 P ro f e ssor: Greg Andonian L o ca tio n: Elgin St, Ottawa , O N

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Axonometric I n l ig h t of t h e s ig nific a n t in c r e a s e in C a n a d ia n immigr a t io n , a c e n t r e is d es ig ned t o a c c om m od a t e a n d f a c ilit a t e immigr a n t ’ s s e t t lin g e x pe r ie n c e . Th e b u il d ing c om plex , b e c o me s a h o m e t o t he immigr a n t po p u la t io n - a popu la t ion t h a t i n it s elf r e pr e s e n t s h um a n i ta r i a n a c t io n . T he c e n t r e r e s p o n d s t o need s of t h e t r a ns ient po pu la t io n , b y p r o vid i n g ho u s in g , me e t in g s pa c e s , wor ks h ops , a nd infor m at io n s e r vic e s f o r b o t h immg r a n t s a n d pe r ma n e n t r es i d ent s of O t t a wa . To r e in f o r c e a s e n s e o f c o mmu n it y , t he c o mp le x a ls o oper a t es a s a n u r b a n fa r m, a llo w in g t he t e mpo r a r y a n d pe r ma n e n t r e s id e n t s t o c om m u nic a t e a nd wor k t o ge t he r . I n t e g r a t e d s y s t e ms s u c h a s a p la t f o r m el ev a t or a nd a c lim b ing f a ç a d e c r e a t e a n e n t e r t a in in g a n d me mo r a b le e x pe r ienc e. 21


Circulation diagram

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South elevation 22


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1. Public plaza 2. Grocery store 3. CafĂŠ 4. Forum 5. Bakery

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6. Nursery 7. Restaurant 8. Culinary lab 9. Counselling services 10. Residence office

1. Main entrance 2. Library 3. A/V room 4. Friendship hall 5. Studio 6. Career building workshop

1. Library 2. Computer lounge 3. Reading + meditation lounge 4. Food storage + preparation

Bachelor 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom

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1. Rooftop garden + park

1. Rooftop terrace for residents

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Exploded Axonometric


Belvedere

Forum and Platform elevator

Grotto

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Handcraft + Modelling

Coral Reef, Digital Technology Model / Winter 2015

A composition of delicate laser cut, CNC, and 3D printed pieces.

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Kosmic Installation / Winter 2015

A hanging installation created for Carleton’s annual ‘Kosmic’ event, using plastic bags and refractive cellophane.

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Personal Works

Watercolor and ink / 9” x 12” / 2013

Watercolor and ink / 9” x 12” / 2013 31


Watercolor, ink and graphite / 9� x 12� / 2014 32


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Photography

Ubiquitous Reflections / 2014

Silent Whispers / 2015

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Melanie Li melanieli_8@hotmail.com 647 225 8868


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