MARIA FLORES Selected Works 2015-2017
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Publications and Exhibitions
Florida International University, Miami FL Master of Architecture
Palazzo Ducale Exhibition, Genova Italy “Layers & Nodes” project exhibited in architecture exhibition
Model making Hand-drawing Painting Drawing Photography Sculpture Web HTML CSS
The Archiologist Magazine Issue #1 First published magazine about architecture student projects
Graduate Assistant: Florida International University Design 2 Professor
South Florida Artists; Derek Hunter Exhibition Built a half scale model of sculpture for artist Derek Hunter
Class lectures for design students, critiqued reviews, fundamental concepts of design 2016-present
Infill Housing Projects D6, Florida International University Design 6 Infill Housing project published
The Archiologist Founder, Director
Folio: 2014/2015; Henry Rueda, ORO Editions Two projects published in Folio
Curatorial platform online and in print, publishing student architecture projects from all around the world. Researcher and writer of architecture design topics 2015-2017 Intermitent
SEVEN: A Numbers Game Installation; William O’ Brien Jr. Florida International University Helped set up the installation
Gelpi Projects Architecture Student Assistant
AWAKE Magazine, Florida International University “Bakehouse Addition” project published
Team brainstorming ideas for design. Material exploration of wood-crete panels. Produced models and computer drawings Notable Projects: - FIU Founders Park - House Paint Pavilion 2016
Honors and Awards
Moss Architecture and Design Group Architect Intern Develop projects, presentations and physical models. Construction scheduling and develop budgets
Nicolas Quintana Scholarship Recipient Florida International University
Notable Projects: - Cisnero Parking Garage
Public Art Charrette Honorable Mention Frost Art Museum, Florida International University
Ambito LLC Architect Intern
Dean’s List, Department of Architecture Florida International University
Applied artistic experience and technical drawing skills to create freehand sketches and concepts. Develop presentations and brainstorm for new projects
Bright Futures Scholarship, FL Academic Scholar 100% Full Tuition
Notable Projects: - 345 Ridgewood Dr.
Ambassador’s Scholarship, 100& Full Tuition Florida International University
AutoCad Rhinoceros 3D Sketchup Revit Maya Photoshop Illustrator inDesign Microsoft Office Bluebeam Revu Ecotect Sony Vegas Pro Corel Painters Makerbot Lasercut CNC Mill
Languages English (proficient) Spanish (native) Italian (basic speaking, proficient understanding)
i. Genova Space
ii. Comprehensive Design
iii. River Center Park
Layers & Nodes 2017
Miami Beach Mixed Use 2017
The Lot 2017
iv. The SoBe Lowline
v. Tokyo Artist Residence
vi. Housing Examination
The Lot 2016
Y House 2016
Infill Housing 2016
vii. Other Works
i. Genova Space Layers & Nodes
CIRCULATION DIAGRAM SHOWING THE DIFFERENT PATHS A PERSON CAN TAKE TO ARRIVE IN POINT C
A The project is located in XX Settembre, one of the most trafficked streets in Genova. The city has a multitude of layers (vertically and horizontally): shops, bridge, street, church, piazza. And a series of nodes and intersections such as a 22.5-degree angle and a difference in levels.
2017 Faculty: Matthew Rice, Alfredo Andia A research about how layers and nodes of a city can be turned into experiencial spaces. 3 LABYRINTH carved, religion
DIAGRAM SHOWING THE THREE DIFFERENT VOLUMES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTIC WORD
The proposal calls for space unification. Two (2) volumes connected through a central circulation. Each space with its own characteristics, incorporating social, artistic and religious principles.
POSAL ACE UNIFICATION: three characteristics - piranesian - chillida - labyrinth
Located under the church, in the existing underground level. We propose to re-arrange the spaces, making use of carving elements that will help bring about a spiritual and religious journey. Every space has different elements, different lighting and emotions.
Central space acts as an urban device. It is a virtually enclosed space that embraces the church creating moments of social gathering from different directions. It holds the main circulation wrapping around the central courtyard, with stairs and bridges that connects to every level.
An open space dedicated for the making of art. The volume has a type of big scale grandeur. A welcoming feeling for such massive scale. It holds artistsâ€™ studios and galleries as well as outdoor spaces for temporary exhibitions.
i. Genova Space Layers & Nodes
CROSS SECTION STUDIES
Longitudinal section showing the layers/levels in the project and all the different spaces surrounding the central space. The street with a slope sits at 0’, the church at +38’ and Ponte Monumentale at +70’.
Sectional sudies of the different experiences a person has inside of the labyrinth.
2017 Faculty: Matthew Rice, Alfredo Andia
RENDERING OF INTERIOR SPACE IN THE LABYRINTH
How does art, religion and architecture play a role in Italian History? (Below) A typology of the different emotions/activities that can be felt in the project only by their architectural form and/or elements found in each space.
ii. Comprehensive Design Miami Beach Mixed Use
The proposal included to relate both buildings together. I wanted one to be a continuation of the other and to read as one complex.
2017 Faculty: Adrien Heid A proposal of how a building complex in Miami Beach can be used as an urban space, that is penetrable with people, light and wind without having to be completely enclosed.
Both buildings have terraced steps on the lower floor, making the connection between them prominent. The street that intersects them (23rd street) can be closed at any moment to become a plaza that is connected on the lower floor, becoming a market or a fair.
The public space; showing an exterior theater and the shading strategies.
CONTEXT SITE MODEL
ii. Comprehensive Design Miami Beach Mixed Use
LONGITUDINAL SECTION C-C
23RD STREET ELEVATION
ELEVATION A1 - DEPICTING THE PUBLIC BUILDING
ELEVATION B1 - DEPICTING THE PRIVATE BUILDING
2017 Faculty: Adrien Heid
SECOND FLOOR PLAN PARKING
The building program is commercial, parking, and residential/offices. I wanted to include the parking as a free structure that hangs between the columns. It is found in both sites because I wanted it to be separated by privacy. Residents should have their own parking, as well as visitors.
FOURTH FLOOR PLAN DEPICTING CONNECTION BETWEEN BUILDING - THEATHER AND OFFICE SPACE ON THE LEFT AND RESIDENTIAL
iii. River Center Park The Lot
RENDERING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIAMI RIVER
The River Center is the beginning to the park. The sustainable strategies to the River Center include cross ventilation, since the program inside does not reach the roof (a gap is left for air to flow through), and shading for every sun angle and orientation. North (vertical shading), south-east (block shading), west (horizontal shading). The courtyard will always be illuminated during the morning,
2017 Faculty: Alice Read Commentary on the urban scale of the city. How are lots arranged? What are their sizes? The proposal is to extend the lots facing the site and Lummus Park to engage with the water.
AXONOMETRIC DIAGRAM OF SITE AND CONTEXT
Like a small city, the park is connected with “streets” which are held up by structural columns representing “highways” which in turn connect the most important points of the project, the upland areas where visitors can walk on with high tide to the Lummus park across the street, and to the proposed River Center. CITY AXONOMETRIC - CONTEXT - RELATIONSUP TO THE PARK AND THE CITY - COMMENTARY ON URBAN SCALE
LOT CONCEPT - VIEWS - ARRIVALS - ADJACENCIES - WATER ENTRANCES - LOT NUMBER TERRACES
MAPPING DIAGRAM OF LOT SIZES
MAPPING DIARAM OF CONCEPT
After measuring the lot sizes and the size of a regular block, these measurements are brought to the park, eroding the edge of the Miami River. In the neighborhood, wherever there is a street facing the park, the “lot” converts into water: the view of a car arriving at the park. The erosion of the lots create terraces that depending on the elevation, will hold a specific type of ecosystem (flora and fauna).
iii. River Center Park The Lot
FIRST FLOOR PLAN - SHOWING THE TIDE EFFECTS ON THE BUILDING
LONGITUDINAL SECTION - SHOWING DIFFERENT ELEVATIONS IN PARK
2017 Faculty: Alice Read
This center is also terraced, steps held by columns. The water can go into the terraces and depending on the tide, visitors can walk on them. The outside spaces are the most important spaces to the project, as well as the second floor. The ground floor is a free plan, and the only public area which holds a cafe and an open gallery. The second floor holds the educational area, while the third is the office/administration area.
HIGH TIDE REGULAR TIDE LOW TIDE
iv. SoBe Lowline Gridded Voyeur
FINAL MODEL ZOOM IN
Model depicting the pathways that connect different activities and installations throughout the project. The windows from where people in the apartment see into the alleys and the pink, fluffy installation that can be sat on and hidden within.
2016 Faculty: Eric Goldemberg This project was a research into voyeurism and the affect of Miami Beach: the alley of Ocean Ct. Exploring the illicit activities that individuals do around these areas and marking their place in the project.
COLLAGE OF DETAILED PICTURES OF WINDOWS/DOORS IN THE SITE
The site I picked was from 9th street to 10th street in Ocean Ct. because of the interesting surroundings of it. The atmosphere was grimy and there were a lot of doors and windows that were open and you started to wonder what was inside. Because of this experience, I chose the project to be about the windows around the alley. I began by looking at the elevations side by side, then choosing a song called “Harthor Remix” by Drama North and Need for Mirrors. The song was specifically chosen because of the memories it brought back of the alley when I listened to it.
ELEVATION OF BUILDING FACADE OVERLAYED WITH SONG - SPATIAL UNDERSTANDING OF RHYTHMICITY ACCORDING TO WINDOWS
After this, a grid system was developed that defined the horizontal and vertical rhythms of the windows. How does the song describe a space? With that, I started to develop a certain effect that people would feel when walking through the alley.
iv. SoBe Lowline Gridded Voyeur
ACTIVITIES IN THE ALLEY DIAGRAM
SPATIAL AXONOMETRIC OF WINDOW EXTRUSIONS AND VIEWS IN THE ALLEY
The emotions one has in Miami Beach tends to be because of the buildings: they create an affect. That means that the buildings and the surroundings affects us in a physical way. nyone can see you in the alley, this starts to play with a relationship about how do people watch without being watched?
Walking through the many platforms in the project, one can start to see everything around. Mirrors are only one-way mirrors. People inside of rooms can see outside, but people outside cannot see inside.
LONGITUDINAL SECTION OF VERTICAL NARRATIVE
CROSS SECTION AND VIEWS
2016 Faculty: Eric Goldemberg
RENDERING OF STRUCTURE FROM COLLINS AVE.
As they wander through a “labyrinth-like” narrative, they re found with many experiences such as compression and contraction of walls and elements, light and darkness, and different visual illusions such as mirrors and windows that are to be entered. Are things really there? This is where I started to play around with the “matrix” to create a pink installation (an element) that is there to move people around in a different way. This pink fluffy installation can be touched, walked on, sat on and anything in between. It hides people and encloses them so that they can hide from people’s gaze.
v. Tokyo Residence Y House
EXISTING NA HOUSE (LEFT) AND PROPOSED Y HOUSE FOR ARTIST YAYOI KUSAMA (RIGHT)
The project takes place next to the famous N House by architect Sou Fujimoto. Representing how a brain is affected when this disorder is in motion. How the brain waves get altered. The project consists of a central elevator that travels through each floor which are very open and spatious.
2016 Faculty: Claudia Busch Yayoi Kusama, a famous Japanese artist suffers from schizophrenia disorder. She is 85 years old and is on a wheelchair. This is a house designed for her disease and disability.
PLANS CUT EVERY 1 FOOT
SECTIONS CUT EVERY 5 FEET
When analyzing her work, thre was a lot of repeating patterns: circles that have become her obsession from years on. She creates layers on top of another layer following a certain type of pattern which she think will help her cure herself. I started to incorporate the idea of repetition by repeating 1.5 feet module throughout the whole project. With this module many different heights are created. A bed, a place to rest/sit down, countertop spaces and places to navigate. We then started to shift this module in places where she would have schizophrenic events.
RELATIONSHIP TO THE VIEWS OF A PERSON IN A WHEELCHAIR
ELEVATOR FOR WHEELCHAIR IN THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE
vi. Housing Examination Infill Housing
FINAL MODEL SHOWING THE THICKENED WALLS AND THE SPACES IN BETWEEN
Theo van Doesburgâ€™s work The Rhythm of a Russian Dance caught my attention. Lines appear as thresholds and they create spaces in between one another. This brought the idea of thickened walls spaced through the whole project
2016 Faculty: Jorge San Martin An infill housing project for four different personalities: Batman, George Orwell, Theo Van Doesburg and Alfred Hitchcock. What do they have in common?
CONTEXT MODEL SHOWING DIFFERENT TYPOLOGIES OF HOUSES
Although these individuals have extremely different characteristics and personalities, together they have something in common: their idea of privacy. How does Batman deal with privacy differently than Alfred Hitchcock? And how do their lifestyles differ. The idea behind the walls is to have them act as space connectors, circulatory members, and thresholds for privacy. The thickened walls separate spaces programmatically. Meaning that in between two walls, there is a program different from the one next to it. INFILL
Blocks A,B,C,D,E can be re-arranged to create D,E,C,B,A, or C,B,A,E,D, and so on, to create variations in the design of the infill housing types (corner lot, garden lot, etc...)
vi. Housing Examination Infill Housing 6
SINGLE UNIT PLANS
WALL TYPOLOGIES AXONOMETRIC
The thickened walls also create a space for circulation, some of them are 3 FT, others 2 FT wide. These are designed in specific places for individuals to walk through them and/or for balconies. They also have furniture and light fixtures inside of them, to create an interesting engagement with light and shadow.
SINGLE UNIT AXONOMETRIC
2016 Faculty: Jorge San Martin
ELEVATION FROM STREET
The thickened walls also create levels of privacy: depending on the individual’s personality, panels in the walls hide or show a space. Example: Half of Batman’s apartment is underground, because he likes darkness. While Hitchcock’s apartment is at the top level, with a lot of windows and openings so he can see the neighbors and every part of the project.
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
SECOND FLOOR PLAN
vii. Other Works Personal and Sketches
ART SPACE IN TESHIMA: KUSAMA MUSEUM 2016
AN URBAN CORRIDOR: MIAMI BEACH LIBRARY 2015
HOUSING EXAMINATION: CARRIAGE HOUSE 2016
BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX ADDITION 2015
RONCHAMP, LE CORBUSIER SKETCH 2017
ARCHITECT DRAWING SERIES #2 2016
WALL DETAIL OF SAVANNAH HOUSE CORNICE 2016
CARACAS, VENEZUELA - OIL PAINTING 2015
Published on Feb 14, 2018