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MARCHELLE GANT

DESIGN PORTFOLIO


MARCHELLE GANT

DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Master of Architecture 2012 U N I V E R S I T Y O F I L L I N O I S AT U R B A N A- C H A M PA I G N


CONTENTS 01

ENERGY SCIENCE BUILDING

02

THE PEOPLE’S FERRY TERMINAL

03

WATER TAXI STOP

04

TEA PAVILION

05

SPACE FOR PERFORMANCE

06

ROOTS

07

OLD JAIL COMMONS

08

TRON:GRIDLOCK

09

SELECTED WORKS

10

RESUMÉ


ENERGY SCIENCE BUILDING Argonne National Laboratory│Argonne, Illinois The Energy Sciences Building is an opportunity to change the face of the Argonne Campus. Located on an old parking lot at the campus entrance, the site is the front door for Argonne. Utilizing the principles and goals within the Argonne mission and vision statement, the aim of this project is to create an innovative and collaborative place for which world-changing research can take place. The Energy Science building mimics the rhythmic beauty found in the natural landscape of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. The repetitive vertical elements are reminiscent of blades of prairie grass, making the building look as though it is growing out of the site. The design culmination creates a building that provides high tech amenities while maintaining an approachable and warm feeling for users. Marchelle Gant & Curt Pratt


site plan


northeast plaza


basement level

level_01


level_02

level_03


north

south


east

west


THE PEOPLE’S FERRY TERMINAL H o C h i M i n h C i t y, V i e t n a m Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, like many cities in Southeast Asia, is currently experiencing a rapid rate of growth. By the year 2020 the population is expected to reach 20 million people. With this growth in population comes a need for infrastructure and modes of mass transportation. Ho Chi Minh City is filled with waterways, the largest being the Saigon River, which is a major artery for traffic. As Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam move into the future it is important that they retain their cultural past. While searching for a concept for The People’s Ferry Terminal I looked to Vietnam’s cultural past for inspiration. In this search, the story of the origins of the Vietnamese people was discovered.


THE ORIGINS OF THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE

According to legend, the first Vietnamese descended from the dragon lord Lac Long Quân and the female heavenly angel Âu Co. They married and had one hundred eggs, from which hatched one hundred children. After some time, the parents decided to part ways and return to their place of origin, the mother being from the land and the father being from the sea. Each parent took with them 50 sons. These sons went on to become the founders of the Vietnamese People, with their eldest son Hùng Vuong

the Vietnamese People, with their eldest son Hùng Vuong ruling as the first Vietnamese king. The People’s Ferry Terminal seeks to tell this story and bridge the gap between Vietnam’s past and future. The building itself uses one repeating element that spans from land to water. These elements represent each one of the founding sons. These elements also represent the Vietnamese people as a whole and stress their equality and unity.


basement level

level_01

level_02


transverse section


longitudnal section


WATER TAXI STOP S a i g o n Z o o │ H o C h i M i n h C i t y, V i e t n a m Located at the elephant house within the Saigon Zoo, the water taxi stop is a satellite extension of the People’s Ferry Terminal. It, like its larger counterpart, spans from land to river. The stop consists of facades made operable perforated louvers. These louvers can be opened for maximum air flow and closed during the rainy season. The perforations allow for air flow when louvers are closed. They also allow for site specific customization as this module could be repeated at stops around Ho Chi Minh City.


site

west

plan

east


north


TEA PAVILION A l l e r t o n Pa r k │ M o n t i c e l l o , I l l i n o i s Allerton Park is a place of natural beauty and worldly influences. The Tea Pavilion seeks to seamlessly blend in with its natural surrounds. Its facade mimics the three main components of the site; the prairie grass, the tree trunks, and the canopies. The Tea Pavilion creates an indoor environment integrated with the essence of the site.


site plan

floor plan


south elevation

east elevation

west elevation


SPACE FOR PERFORMANCE A l l e r t o n Pa r k │ M o n t i c e l l o , I l l i n o i s The concept behind the Space for Performance was to create a spate that performs. The form for the structure was derived from the playing of piano keys, something that is as soothing and rhythmic as the natural environment of Allerton Park. This was done so that when no one is gracing its stage it still performs by offering patrons with a unique way to experience the park.


east

north

west


OLD JAIL COMMONS O l d S h e r i f f ’ s H o u s e & J a i l │ C r o w n Po i n t , I n d i a n a After decades of neglect, the former home of infamous gangster John Dillinger has seen better days. The Old Sheriff ’s House & Jail is located in the heart of downtown Crown Point. The proposed design solution reintegrates the jail into the fabric of Crown Point by incorporating a much needed program, a market. With this proposed program, residents would no longer need to go to the next town over to buy groceries. The market would also provide a retail outlet for local growers to sell their products. In addition to the market, the site has expanded to include affordable housing units. These units would be subsidized by government grants and tax credits. The housing units give more people the opportunity to live in the Crown Point community without the high price tag.


site plan

site section


west

east

south

north

south


basement level

level_01


level_02

level_03


level_01

level_02


level_03

level_04


HOME AWAY FROM HOME Fukushima Prefecture, Japan After the Tohoku Tsunami that struck the Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011, a large number of people were displaced creating a new refugee population of over 380,000. These refugees were housed in existing structures, often time gymnasiums. Many of these facilities lacked privacy, sanitation, and an adequate food supply. Subsequent to staying in the communal shelter, many refugees were moved into one of the 62,000 temporary housing units supplied by the Japanese government. These units are very small, around 300 square feet, which present a number of issues for the user. The displaced refugees have lost most of their personal possessions and the land they used to call home. This project seeks to reinstate a sense of ownership and worth within the refugee population by giving them an object that meets their needs throughout their various states of transience and permanence.


ROOTS 2011 NOMA Student Design Competition│Atlanta, Georgia The spirit of Roots centers on the following: representation of the local community, the history of Atlanta with regards to the civil rights movement as well as the history of the city with its connection to the natural landscape. The development of Roots began with looking at “roots” as a tool to gather genealogy of the site and not just in an historic sense but also in an ordinary manner. History develops through remembering events that occurred in days past and therefore, we need to acknowledge the present as it will also pass into history. Then, actual “roots” were looked at an organizational typology of network as it displays nodes and linkages. Finally, the biological component of roots was studied and used to look at Atlanta’s connection with nature and how it can continue to be the “city within a forest.”

with b. soto


site plan


level_B1

helix wind turbines utilizing wind from marta trains

level_B2

level_B3


transverse section


TRON: GRIDLOCK 2010 Disney ImagiNations Competition│Lake Buena Vista, Florida InnoTron Industries, a world-class digital applications corporation, is opening the doors of its Tomorrowland headquarters for tours. Guests are invited to be among the first to try InnoTron’s newest interactive gaming technology. However, it is clear that not all the kinks have been worked out of the game and their experience is not quite what they expected.

with b. dirks, s. juna, j. wieser


InnoTron Plaza

InnoTron Food Court

InnoPaint Lab


InnoTron Entry Rotunda

Hall of Innovations


InnoTron Brand Identity


Attraction Marketing Posters


Ride Vehicle


SELECTED WORKS


NOMAS Illinois│Champaign, IL Brand Identity

When establishing a new identity for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s NOMAS chapter it was important to establish our own identity, but one that was still connected to the national NOMA organization as well as INOMA. The design also needed to be something simple and that could be easily replicated in the future. The result has been used in NOMAS print ads and business cards for the 2011 NOMA conference. The business cards were a fold out that contained a brief student resume and an image of our competition entry.


SO U R C E T E K , L L C│ I n d i a n a polis, IN Brand Identity

123 N. Sherman, Suite 123 Indianapolis, IN 46201

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technical staffing recruiting consulting

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SOURCE John Smith

President

TEK, LLC

technical staffing recruiting consulting

technical staffing recruiting consulting

SourceTek is a full service environmental safety and information technology consulting firm based in Indianapolis. The firm wanted a design that combined their two fields of expertise. The logo incorporates the “S” from safety and the “IT” from information technology. The resulting design is simple and clean and has the ability to translate from print to the web.

jsmith@sourcetek.com 555.555.5555

John Smith President

SOURCE TEK, LLC technical staffing recruiting consulting

123 N. Sherman, Suite 123 Indianapolis, IN 46201 jsmith@sourcetek.com 555.555.5555

123 N. Sher Indiana

jsmith@


123 N. Sherman, Suite 123 Indianapolis, IN 46201

John Smith President

technical staffing recruiting consulting

jsmith@sourcetek.com 555.555.5555

S O U R C E

T E K ,

L L C

John Smith President

SOURCE TEK, LLC technical staffing recruiting consulting

123 N. Sherman, Suite 123 Indianapolis, IN 46201 jsmith@sourcetek.com 555.555.5555

SOURCE TEK, LLC


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture│Champaign, IL Brand Identity

In this exercise I was charged with creating a new identity for the School of Architecture’s recruiting efforts. The logo design was meant to pose to questions to prospective students, “Why Architecture?” and “Why Illinois?”. A series of postcards were designed to highlight the many facets of the architectural program as well as the greater university campus. Each card is a different color, with information outlining a specific point of interest.


1208 S. Livingston St. Springfield, IL 62703 marchelle.gant@gmail.com 217.816.5817

Marchelle L. Gant design professional E du c ati on May 2012 May 2010

E xp eri enc e Aug. 2010-present

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Master of Architecture Candidate Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

University of Illinois School of Architecture Champaign, IL Publications Graduate Assistant

● Designed 30+ Lecture Series posters for distribution throughout the School of Architecture as well

as other architectural institutions

● Updated various school publications including Discover Architecture Summer Program postcards

and school thank you cards

summer 2010 summer 2011

BLDD Architects, Inc. Decatur, IL Architectural Intern

●Developed presentation materials for client presentations including Southern Illinois University

Alumni Center and Decatur Public Schools

●Created 2-dimensional documentation using Autodesk Revit and Autocad on various projects

Aug. 2010-May 2011

America Reads/America Counts Graduate Coordinator

Urbana-Champaign, IL

●Supervised tutors at Urbana Middle School ●Responsible for reviewing and submitting tutor time sheets

Feb. 2007-May 2010

Classroom Tutor

● Worked in math and reading classrooms at Jefferson Middle School, aiding teachers with students

needing extra help or individual attention.

Ac tiv iti es

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS Illinois) President

● Coordinate chapter meetings and events ● Developed new branding materials and marketing strategies for the organization ● Successfully competed in the 2011 NOMA Student Design Competition

East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP)

● Created community development and organization strategies for the East St. Louis area ● Participated in on-site visits to engage with the community ● Conducted exstensive research on homelessness amongst veterans

Awards 2011 2010 2009 2006-2010

Elizabeth Goetsch Scholarship Disney ImagiNations Design Competition Finalist Tutor of the Year Nominee Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for Community Service

Sk i l ls + + + + +

Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Adobe After Effects Google SketchUp

Rel e vant C ours e work + + + + +

VRay for SketchUp Rendering Hand Drawing Autodesk AutoCad Autodesk Revit

+ Real Estate Development + Materials & Methods + Professional Practice + Design Fabricate Seminar + Integrative Building Design


MARCHELLE GANT

DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Marchelle Gant Design Portfolio  

Architectural and graphic design projects created while at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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