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PORTFOLIO OF WORKS

by MELINDA SIEW Fall 2009 - Winter 2014


EXPERIENCES


150 George Street Education

Melinda M. Siew Brooklyn, NY 11237 (917) 689-8692

MSiew523@gmail.com

City College of New York (CUNY) Architecture Manhattan, NY GPA (Cumulative): 3.503 Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture B. Arch May 2014

Study Abroad Barcelona, Spain The Film Academy at Magic Hour Tokyo, Japan Work Experience

Vertical Design Studio July 2013 Japanese Language and Culture January 2013

Richard Sturgeon Architectural Models 02/2014

I am working on a large 1 to 100 scaled site model of midtown Manhattan where I have to cut basswood blocks into the buildings.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects 06/2010 - 08/2010 06/2011 - 08/2011 06/2012 - 08/2012

Working in teams, I was assigned to projects ranging from the Harbin Bank competition, where I worked in Photoshop to correct renderings as well as made physical models using the laser cutter, to the Hyundai AMCO Tower project, where I organized the schedule and employee projections to the Suzhou Commercial project where I edited plans, wall types as well as used Illustrator to create design diagrams for the Fangan submission. I also worked on 2D/3D computer models for projects like the Chongqing Super Tower, and the Spring City 66 in Kunming, China, while also creating 3D

Spitzer School Computer Lab 08/2010 - 12/2010 08/2011 - 08/2011 Hollister Clothing Store 09/2009 - 12/2009

I assisted students and provided services such as help with design programs and scanning drawings. I was also in charge of keeping the printers, plotters and scanners as well as the design programs in working condition I worked on the floor talking to costumers and helping them find clothes as well as reorganizing clothes. I also worked at closing time to restock the shelves and bring in new inventory onto the floor and make sure displays I assisted in Web Marketing Research.

International Gemological Institution 07/2008 - 08/2008 Picture-That LLC 09/2006 - 2/2007 Extra Curricular Freedom By Design 02/2012 - Present

AIAS 09/2010 - Present Person to Person (Community Service) 09/2006 - 06/2008

I worked on organizing an art show at The Stamford Center for the Arts while researching and updating the company website. Working as both a Co-Captain and as the Fund Raiser, I have raised over $2,000 in 3 months through the organization of fund raising events as well as worked with a team to design a handicap bathroom for a client in need of an accessible bathroom in his home. I am currently working on attaining I organize firm tours and finding sponsorships for the program and working on improving the AIAS program at City College to create a rich experience for the members. Working with other volunteers, I organized food orders and donated clothes.

Achievements

Dean’s List - City College of New York - Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 - Darien Community Association Scholarship, 2009 - A Better Chance Scholar, 2005 - A Better Chance Award, 2005

Skills - Adobe CS5/CS6 (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects) - Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word) - 3D Studio Max - Revit 2012 - Model Making and Furniture Design Language

- AutoCAD 2010/2012 - Rhinocerous 4.0 (Flamingo) - Grasshopper (Beginners) - Hand Drafting and Drawing

Fluent in English and Cantonese. Familiar with Mandarin. Beginners Japanese.


PORTFOLIO OF WORKS


2013

Thesis

6-11

Carveaway Tower

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Youth Center

16-21

Intermodal Affair

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Archi-Bands

28-33

2012

Dorms

34-41

Thread

42-51

J. Max Bond Center

52-57

2011

Double House

58-65

Entemologist’s Garden

66-69

+ Other Works

DIY Desk Light

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Artwork

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ENJOY.


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THESIS | Melinda Siew


THESIS

East Williamsburg Facility of the Arts Critic: Jacob Alspector & Vanessa Keith

Fall 2013

The East Williamsburg Facility of the Arts works with the schools around the area to provide a space and faculty for art, music, dance and theater. It is a place where students will learn from the professional artists who have recently moved into the neighborhood. It is a facility that will take advantage of the changes in the neighborhood to help the families and children of the neighborhood grow artistically and creatively.

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A SPACE WHERE ART, DANCE AND MUSIC INTERMINGLE. A PLACE WHERE THE YOUNG AND OLD COLLABORATE.

On this page from the top: Courtyard, program relationship sketch, Courtyard layout sketch, Theater Envelop Sketches. On opposite page: Far left: Site Photos. Right side from the top: Black Box Theater Sketch, Barebone Elevation Sketch. 9


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MORGAN AVE

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GROUND FLOOR PLAN

HARRISON PL

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0”

B

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

THIRD FLOOR PLAN

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0” FOURTH FLOOR PLAN

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Interaction/Mix Spaces

Display Spaces

Student Learn Spaces

Interaction/Mix Spaces

Professional Work Spaces

Circulation

Student Learn Spaces Support Spaces

THIRD FLOOR PLAN

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0”

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0”

KEY

KEY

KEY

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0”

Display Spaces

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0” SECOND FLOOR PLAN

FIFTH FLOOR PLAN

Professional Work Spaces

Display Spaces

Interaction/Mix Spaces

Circulation

Student Learn Spaces

Scale: 1/32” = 1’0”

Support Spaces

Professional Work Spaces

Circulation

Support Spaces


SECTION B-B

Scale: 1/16” = 1’0”

SECTION A-A Scale: 1/16” = 1’0”

Goals: In order to learn and fully appreciate the subjects of art, music, and teather, it is best to be exposed to the professionals and seeing them work. Professionals can also gain inspiration from students. 11


CARVEAWAY TOWER | Melinda Siew 12

RE-IMAGINING TALL BUILDINGS

caRVEaWAY tOWER Critic: JEREMY EDMISTON

Fall 2013

In Collaboration with Raymond Liu & William Tran

Once inside a tall building, one rarely feels the full verticality of the structure in which they reside. To challenge this standard tower, we designed a building where we carved an atrium that spanned the entire height. Giving the people inside a sense of scale, awe and perhaps even fear. To bring in light to this deep atrium we carved out pieces from the exterior that allowed for daylight to penetrate through the building. It also gave opportunity for people to connect to the outside and to the community on the first floors.


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renderings

MAJOR PLAN = 3 ELEVATORS

= FIRE STAIRS

= OUTDOOR SPACES

= CARVED AWA

e es sca ca lat la or to r

NORTH

AGRAMS MAJOR PLAN

MAJOR PLAN

= 3 ELEVATORS = OUTDOOR SPACES

DIAGRAMS

SOUTH

SECTION A-A

SECTION B-B

SECTION OF CORE

SECTION OF CATWALKS

DIAGRAMS

= FIRE STAIRSAWAY SPACES = CARVED = OUTDOORFLOOR SPACES GROUND

MAJOR Plan Diagrams & Section

= OUTDOOR SPACES

FEATURES:

= CARVED AWAY SPACES Cafe, Service Administration,

e es sca ca lat la or to r

FEATURES: = 3Lobby, ELEVATORS = FIRE STAIRS Entry Restaurant, Service

= CARVED AWAY SPACES

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DIAGRAMS

UND FLOOR FEATURES: FEATURES: Administration, Cafe, Service Entry Lobby, Restaurant, Service FEATURES: Entry Lobby, Restaurant, Service

SECTION SILHOUETTE

SECTION

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TRANSFER LOBBY GROUND FLOOR (BELOW SKY LOBBY)

TRANSFER LOBBY SKY LOBBY (BELOW SKY LOBBY)

GROUND FLOOR

TRANSFER LOBBY (BELOW SKY LOBBY)

FEATURES: FEATURES: Deck, Service Administration, Cafe,Observation Service

FEATURES: Administration, Cafe, Service

SILHOUETTE

FEATU Observ

FEATUR Observ


intermediate transfer lobbies & typ. plans

60th LEVEL

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER LOBBIES

TOP LEVEL

AY SPACES

TYPICAL PLANS

&

40th LEVEL The transfer lobby for the residential rise

On this page from the top: 60th Floor Plan (top level), 40th

AMS

30thFloor LEVEL Plan (transfer level for residential rise), 30th Floor Plan

= OUTDOOR SPACES TRANSFER LOBBY

= CARVED AWAY SPACES

(BELOW SKY LOBBY)

FEATURES: Administration, Cafe, Service

FEATURES: Observation Deck, Service

TRANSFER LOBBY (BELOW SKY LOBBY)

(typical office plan) Below: Section Silhouette On opposite page: Far left from top: North Perspective, South Perspective SKY LOBBY Right side from left: Section of Core, Section of Catwalks. Bottom Row: Ground Floor, Sky Lobby, Transfer Lobby

SKY LOBBY FEATURES: Observation Deck, Service

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ATLANTIC CANYON YOUTH CENTER | Melinda Siew


YOUTH CENTER

ATLANTIC CANYON Critic: TIMOTHY COLLINS

SPRING 2013

The Atlantic Canyon is a community building in Boerum Hill that serves as a hub for a variety of community based programmatic functions that is situated in a rapidly evolving and developing neighborhood. I created a series of volumes which have been aesthetically defined by their programmatic functions. These volumes divide to create what i call “the canyon.� This is an interactive space where balconies penetrate into the procession of a newly create community vegetable garden. The second major building of the project provides a multitude of public spaces for meant for the community to utilize for the purpose of learning and performing - ultimately providing a stepping stone for the community to empower itself.

ATLANTIC AVE (south side)

BOERUM PL

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THE FLOW OF PUBLIC CIRCULATION CARVES CANYONS THROUGH THE BUILDING, EXPOSING LAYERS OF PROGRAM. 0 5 15

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On this page from the top: Model Iterations. Sketch of Project On opposite page: Site Plan 19


Section A-A Scale: 1/8” = 1’

ACTIVITIES DICTATED BY EXTERNAL INFLUENCES CREATE INDIRECT INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.

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A

A

1st Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

2nd Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

3rd Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

4th Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

5th Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

On this page from tthe op, left to right: Ground Floor Plan, 2nd to 5th Floor Plans On opposite page, top: Elevation Study Sketch. Bottom: East-West Section

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INTERMODAL AFFIAR | Melinda Siew

Cruise Ship Paths Ferry Paths Kayak Paths Vehicular Paths Bike Paths

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120 HOUR COMPETITION

INTERMODAL AFFAIR Critic: TIMOTHY COLLINS

SPRING 2013

In collaboration with Lizhu Chen & Anthony Principato

A dock for every scale of water travel.

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Cruise Ships Dock Exhibition Space:

Trusses

Deck:

Concrete

Kayak Dock Aquatunnel:

Vault

Structural Support:

Pylons

Anchor: Concrete

Bike Dock Road/Car Dock

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HYPER UNDERWAT


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AQUATIC

TOURISM

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FERRY

PROMENADE KAYAK On this page, from the top: Exploded Axon of Parts Bottom: Diagram of Dock Program On opposite page, from the top: Perspective of Dock and Structure, View from the Restaurant 25


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connections between the land, the water and the people created through the allowance of a variety of travel modes to intersect.

On this page: Cross Section Showing Underwater Tunnel On opposite page, from the top: Plan, Longitudinal Section

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ARCHI-BANDS | Melinda Siew 28

Acoustics

archi-bands Critic: Christian Volkmann

SPRING 2013

In Collaboration with Gemma Diaz, Jarell Peets, Raymond Liu, & Idan Saragosti

An acoustics exercise to re-design our school’s rooftop amphi-theater into an acoustically sound space.


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On this page, from the top: Longitudinal Section with Ray Diagram, Cross Section with Ray Diagram On opposite page: Plan with Ray Diagram

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REAR WALL : SIDE WALLS :

WOOD : 1” PANEL PERFORATED WITH 2” GLASS FIBER IN AIRSPACE BEHIND (0.50 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ) WOOD : 1” PANEL SOLID (0.06 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ) WOOD : 1” PANEL WITH PERFORATIONS THAT VARY BETWEEN PANELS (BTWN. 0.38 - 0.67 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ) GLASS : 0.12 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ

STAGE :

FLOOR : CEILING :

GLASS (HEAVY, LARGE PANE) : 0.03 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ STEEL (FROM EXISTING STRUCTURE) : 0.10 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ CONCRETE (FROM EXISTING STRUCTURE) : 0.06 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ INDOOR-OUTDOOR CARPET : 0.20 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ WOOD : 1” PANEL (0.06 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ) GLASS : 0.12 SAC @ 1000 HERTZ

ANECHOIC CHAMBER : NRC VALUE BTWN. 0.85 - 0.90

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a b c d e AREA(sq ft)

* All sound absorption coefficient are chosen for a frequency of 1000Hz.

Area(sq ft) Width(ft) Volume(cu ft) 141,8 25 3545,0 104,1 27 2810,7 55,3 29 1602,8 57,9 31 1794,9 59,3α* 33 1956,9 ABSORPTION

CEILING WOODED PANEL GLASS ORDINARY WINDOW STEEL (STAGE)

f g

1237,5 212,7 567,5

60,2 58,2

0,06 0,12 0,10

74,25 35 25,52 37 56,75

2105,3 2151,9

CARPET (SEATING) CONCRETE (STAGE)

h i j

1478,5 535,0

53,0 44,9 38,7

0,20 0,06

295,70 39 32,10

2067,0 1840,9 1664,1 21539,5

FLOOR

FRONTWALL GLASS (STAGE) SIDE WALLS PANEL1 PANEL2 PANEL3 PANEL4 PANEL5 PANEL6 PANEL7 PANEL8

PANEL1 PANEL2 PANEL3 PANEL4 PANEL5 PANEL6 PANEL7 PANEL8

a b c d e

Area(sq ft) Width(ft) 141,8 25 104,1 27 55,3 29 57,9 31 59,3 33

f g

60,2 58,2

35 37

h i j

53,0 44,9 38,7

39 41 43

SURFACE 149,0 56,4 Volume(cu ft) 58,3 3545,0 58,5 56,5 2810,7 49,4 1602,8 43,7 1794,9 46,3 SURFACE 149,0 56,4 58,3 58,5 56,5 49,4 43,7 46,3

GLASS (GAPS BETWEEN PANELS)

1956,9

2105,3 2151,9 2067,0 1840,9 1664,1 21539,5

1 - % PERFORATIONS 1,00 0,95 0,90 0,85 0,80 0,70 0,60 0,50 % PERFORATIONS 0,00 0,05 0,10 0,15 0,20 0,30 0,40 0,50

cu ft

0,03

41 437,43

298,0 107,2 104,9 99,5 90,4 69,1 52,4 46,3

0,06 0,06 0,06 0,06 0,06 0,06 0,06 0,06

17,88 6,43 6,29 5,97 5,42 4,15 3,15 2,78

0,0 5,6 11,7 17,6 22,6 29,6 35,0 46,3

0,85 0,85 0,85 0,85 0,85 0,85 0,85 0,85

0,00 4,80 9,91 14,93 19,21 25,18 29,72 39,36

238,0

0,12

28,56

293,0 14,0

0,50 0,12

146,50 1,68

0,90

19,39

247,5

REAR WALL PERFORATED WOOD W/ GLASS FIBER GLASS (PROJECTION ROOM WINDOW) AIR VOLUME

a b c d e

Area(sq ft) Width(ft) Volume(cu ft) 141,8 25 3545,0 104,1 27 2810,7 55,3 29 1602,8 57,9 31 1794,9 59,3 33 1956,9

f g

60,2 58,2

35 37

2105,3 2151,9

h i j

53,0 44,9 38,7

39 41 43

2067,0 1840,9 1664,1 21539,5

21539,5

per 1000 cu ft volume relative humidity 50% frequency 1000Hz

Total Absorption =

RT = 0,05 * (V/A+XV) =

cu ft

883,03

Sabins

1,22 Seconds

On this page, from the top clockwise: Interior Perspective, Volume Calculations, Reverberation Time Calculations On opposite page, from the top clockwise: Section Perspective, Material List, Preliminary Strategy Sketches 33

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LEHMAN COLLEGE DORMS | Melinda Siew 34

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Lehman College

dormitory

Critic: TIMOTHY COLLINS

FALL 2012

Dormitories are extentions of the acedemic buildings and should be well integrated into campus. By connecting to the Music Building along a main axis of campus, my dorms became a special social hub for both commuter students and residents to interact as well as provide extra program spaces for the students using the Music Building.

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B

B

Main Path Intersection Central Gathering Space

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From the top clockwise: Section through Music Building, Dorms and Courtyard, Site Model with Dorm Model, Site Planning Strategy/ Analysis Diagram.

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on C-C : 1/8� = 1’

On this page from the top: Section through Singles Dorm Rooms and Elevation of Music Building & Connecting Atrium, Sketch of Dorms in Relation to Elevated Walkway and Music Building. On opposite page: Site Plan and Ground Floor Plan 39


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Level 02 Plan


DORMS AS CATALYST FOR ENHANCING COMMUNAL SPACE THROUGH INTEGRATION OF LIVING AND LEARNING.

A

A

Level 03 Plan

From the top, counter-clockwise: South Elevation, East-West Longitudinal Section through Connecting Atrium Bottom two Rows: Unit Sections and their Key Locations (left to right: Faculty Unit, Singles Unit with Shared Bathroom, & Corner Singles Unit), Plans (left to right: Basement Floor Plan, 2nd Floor, & 3rd Floor) 41


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THREAD; MICRO-MANUFACTURING |Melinda Siew


mICRO-mANUFACTURING

THREAD

Critic: aDAM hAYES

sPRING 2012

iN cOLLABORATION WITH wILLIAM tRAN & sUSAN wU

Located in Greenpoint, THREAD creates the connection between the local community and the artisan community while providing a place to gather and shop from the stores of the artisans.

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B 5A

4A

5B

5C

3B

3C

2B

2C

3A

2A 1B

1. ENTRY A: Reception B: Public Porch 2. CLOTHING & TEXTILE A: Store B: Street Class C: Creation Studio 3. SMALL FURNITURE & POTTERY A: Store B: Street Class 4. JEWELRY A: Store/Studio 5. CANTEEN A: Cafe/Lounge B: Open Street C: Circulation

1A

A THREAD First Floor

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4B

4C

4D

4E

4A

1A 3A

3B

2B

2A

1B

1. CRAFTWORK A: Open Studios B: Lounge Balcony 2. RESOURCES A: Library B: Computer Lab 3. WORKSHOPS A: Metal Shop B: Wood Shop 4. Administration A: Reception & Lobby B: Meeting Room C: Office D: Head Office E: Office

THREAD Second Floor

CONNECTING LAYERS OF DETAILED MICRO-HAPPENINGS ALLOW FOR A VISION OF A SURREAL WHOLE.

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“COMMUNITY - AN INTERACTING POPULATION OF VARIOUS KINDS OF INDIVIDUALS IN A COMMON LOCATION.”

From the top, clockwise: Section/Elevation A-A, Section B-B, Model Elevation, Perspective of Second Floor , Perspective of Entrance, Model Photo, Perspective of Cafe Area. 47


Longitudinal Section A

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Longitudinal Section B

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J. MAX BOND CENTER | Melinda Siew


REDESIGNED AND REBRANDED

j Max bond center Critic: aDAM hAYES

sPRING 2012

iN cOLLABORATION WITH Cindy Diaz, Jasmine Ibrahim, Sue Liu, Caroll Patino, wILLIAM tRAN & Jessica Tseng

Given the challenge of redesigning and rebranding the J. Max Bond Center, we explored the ideas of how to bring people into this hidden center. We approached this through the creation of flexible spaces and explorations of redesigning the underutilized lawn. Through out the design, we concentrated on the motto of “Work is Fun.” We wanted to show the fun in design to the judges as well as design fun spaces. 53


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Work is Fun.

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UP

UP

UP

On this page, from the top: Preliminary Sketch of Interactive Facade Treatment , Floor Plan. On opposite page, from the top: Moveable Wall Configuration 1 for Work, Moveable Wall Configureation 2 for Work, Moveable Wall Configuration for Night Life.

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Top row: Wall Configurations for Different Uses On this page, from the top: Sketch of Re-Planned Lawn, Section Showing “Pimp-My-Wall” that doubles as pin up and folds out into desks On opposite page, from the top: Display Front Door Section, Section Showing the Office Area

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GREENPOINT DOUBLE HOUSE(S) | Melinda Siew


Greenpoint House(s)

double house Critic: elisabetta terragni

Fall 2011

Using the idea of creating a relationship between a landowner and a renter, the two family house provides different sections to one house that balances private and communal spaces that still allow for the renter to interact with the owner of the house.

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UP

UP

ESTCODE

UP

UP

UP

UP

UP

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K-2000-10 LAVATORY REVIVAL FIRECLAY/VITREOUS CHINA

Top row left to right: Ground Floor Plan, 2nd Floor Plan, 3rd Floor Plan, Site Sketch Bottom: Elevation in Site

REVIVAL K-2000-10 LAVATORY FIRECLAY/VITREOUS CHINA

K-3324 KATHRYN TOILET VITREOUS CHINA

K-3324 KATHRYN TOILET VITREOUS CHINA


K-3324 TOILET KATHRYN VITREOUS CHINA

K-2000-10 REVIVAL LAVATORY FIRECLAY/VITREOUS CHINA

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Section A-A

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ESTCODE

Section B-B

Top row left to right: Section A-A, Section B-B Bottom left to right: East Elevation, West Elevation 63


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Top row left to right: Opened Cast Study Model, Cast Study Model with Rental Area Bottom left to right: Opened Final Model, Exploded Axon of Double House.

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GREENPOINT DOUBLE HOUSE(S) | Melinda Siew


Specialized Spaces

entomologist’s gardin Critic: elisabetta terragni

Fall 2011

An entomologist falls in love with a girl who hates bugs. What can he do but build a two sided lab where he can study ants and his girl can relax on the garden above, until she can finally join him in his lab. His lab/garden is designed sec tion by section for certain situations in mind.

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Top row: Sliver Sections Showing Forms of the Structure and How it Fits the Entomologist and His Lover Bottom left to right: Photo of Sliver Section in Progression, Photo of Entomologist Garden covered in “Plants.� 69


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DIY DESK LIGHT | Melinda Siew


Desk Lamp

diy Lamp

Critic: DOMINGO GONZALEZ

sPRING 2013

DIY Lamp has two main features: it is adjustable to create two dierent forms of light, direct and diffused. It also provides space to store materials. Different tasks that we use our desks for require different types of lighting. The desk is not strictly used as a space to draw and write but it is a space for dialogue, a space to use the computer, a space to eat, and more. DIY Lamp is vertically adjustable for these reasons.

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Vertical Tube Notch Scale: 3” = 1’

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Sliding Mechanism Scale: 3” = 1’


CUT SHEET Component

Quantity

Length

Width/ Diameter

Thickness

Wood Pieces Lighting Attachment

1

46.5”

6”

3/4”

Top Pieces

2

45.5”

2.25”

3/4 “

Side Legs

2

27”

6.5 “

3/4”

Base

1

46.5”

6.25”

3/4”

Strips

5

48”

3”

1/2”

Leveling Pieces

4

4”

2.25”

1/2”

Horizontal Piece

3

~28”

2”

Front Vertical

8

4.5”

2”

Middle Vertical

8

2.75”

2”

8

6”

1 5/8”

Plastic Tubes

Cardboard Tubes Back Vertical

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ARTWORK | Melinda Siew

DRAWINGS aRTWORK


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Thank you.


Architectural Portfolio of Work 2014