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Showcasing the work of Michael S. Bennett B.Arch Pratt Institute 2016

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN A COLLECTION OF FEATURED PROJECTS WITHIN PRACTICE & ACADEMIA The following contains a condensed version of selected examples of my most recent work during my time as a student and practitioner of architectural design. Over the years, my studies and experience has offered me a coherent approach to many design challenges and a clearer understanding of the tools and theories used in the process. Each project is approached by mediating between advanced digital mediums and physical craft to arrive at an imaginative outcome regarding the economies and context of the site. My goal is to continue to pursue these new ideas and possibilities through higher education and involvement in real world experiences. To utilize an open-mind is crucial as exposure to trends and issues in design are persistently influencing my perception of architecture. Continuing my education is necessary to prepare me to take a leadership role in shaping the built environment, promoting higher education, and improve the living conditions of the community around the world. The architecture presented is a projection of ideas existing within the mind. It exemplifies my understanding of architecture, revealing how I have overcome the interplay between thinking and making, an intertwined entity. Thank you very much for your time and consideration in reviewing the presented work, a representation of my curiosities, ambitions, and design logics that I have developed over the past years.

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Michael S. Bennett B.Arch Pratt Institute 2016 bennett.mic.s@gmail.com

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CRITIC: Nathan Hume

THE COVERT HOUSE

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This studio focused on the house as an architectural manifesto. The house acts as a register and an instigator of cultural, social, technological, and material changes in living and architecture. It is a shelter capable of solving architecture’s basic needs while also protecting and speculating on inhabitants’ lifestyles. The house cultivates new desires while reflecting and transforming a society’s culture. The studio uses the house to speculate on the direction of living and building in the near future by identifying potentials and proposing new spatial organizations and technological possibilities for architecture. These speculations reconfigure user’s interaction with space, site, and other users. The house is

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Core Design 403 treated not as a series of fragments nor a singular smooth space, but something allowing for interferences, spatial glitches, fuzzy boundaries, and patchy discontinuities offering new domestic conditions. The studio began with a series of precedent studies to define a position on key architectural problems including relation to ground, aperature, spatial organization, structure, and mass. The initial design process began by creating formal ‘nuggets’ while simultaneously designing and developing a client who was characterized by being a collector/curator with a specific obsession related to the form. These formal embryos continued to grow and mold into a spatial container.


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CONTAINING THE STRANGE

The Covert House LEFT: 01 1/8” scale 3D printed model 02 conceptual study model RIGHT: 01 plan cut

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The project involves a formal intertwining of a house within a house that entertains the idea of a domestic capsule as a conventional space to contain that which is socially forbidden. The Covert House becomes an amenity to the patron that recognizes domestic space as private establishment in which the patron can find comfort in the dismissal of society’s traditional implications and release their own deepest taboos. Through the weaving of two juxtaposed programmatic conditions, the Covert House strategically satirizes the ambiguity between the proper and improper. The Covert House explores and exaggerates an idea of ulterior obscurity that is present within the domestic construct of residential

households. It must respond to the idea that a house is a machine to restore life but also that which acts as a safehold for one’s deepest confidentialities and social imperfections. The house will create a scenario that capitalizes on concealing social deceit and through its core will reveal the patrons deepest state of impropriety. Through the two existing programs, the client can endure a lifestyle that exists in the boundaries of reality while simultaneously exploring a sense of unreality as the client can retreat to a world in which they create with endless limitation. The house therefore must act in such a way that retains a sense of collective balance and societal practicality within the family structure while simultaneously acting as a container for vulgarity.


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CRITIC: Jeffrey Brock

THE TOURIST VORTEX

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The nature of the project was to question the role of a private institution within an urban context and to bring the outside urban conditions into the project itself as an extension of the street. While remembering the importance of maintaining its first role as a private museum to provide a spatial gallery experience in a secure/private setting, the project also strives to become a contextual urban intervention that physically bridges two separated areas in the neighborhood. The progrom stems off of three catalogs of accessibility - residential, space for the ticketed user, and the public sector. The main building core sits atop structural plinths and connects these three programatic ele-

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Core Design 403 ments together and intertwines both the public and private user. This is complimented by a corten rampwaythats is placed under the sky bridge, acting as a main public roadway connecting the top of the hill to the bottom. The public user may also make their way down the hill the interior sequence of shops. Meanwhile, the ticketed user may enter the museum from the top or the bottom of the hill, where they are then taken through a series of gallery space and exit at the opposite side of the hill. Another conceptual driver was the idea of bridging the old city atop the Capotoline Hill with the new city, the urban intervention therefore acting as a gateway to the past or that of the present.


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steel panels glass diagrid structure mullions metallic screen

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CRITIC: Salvator Tranchina

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COLUMBIA BOATHOUSE

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Core Design V A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH STEVEN SHIMAMOTO Situated at the mouth of the nce for 100 year floods, it was decided Spuyten Duyvil River in Inwood Hill to lift parts of the hardscape up on Park, the site that was assigned was a stilts, creating a new experience for hybrid between hardscape, softscape, patrons and rowers. salt marsh, and city. At the cross Furthermore, the site of these elements, a building was defines three datums: the earth, designed that could act as a theshold the structure, and the sea. The between these factors. Adjacent to the conceptual foreground for the project site existed a newly designed parkway was articulated similarly to an and salt marsh by Field Operations assembly line upon which the rowers that was to become intertwined in the are guided through the program in a building’s program. rhythmic sequence. Upon leaving the The program that was given earth the architecture transforms is simplified into 3 parts: Rowing them from being an inhabitor of the facilities & storage, community earth to that of the sea. In this way, & learning, and finally, service & the architecture acts as a machine maintenence. Using FEMA ABFE flood in altering the rowers to become an levels that would advise a 14ft allowa- amphibious being.


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Pratt Institute SoA B.Arch 1 Sloped Lawn 2 Stabilized Stone Screenings & Benches 3 Parking Lot 4 Elevated Pedestrian Path 5 Entry to Building 6 Courtyard Detention Basin & Garden 7 Columbia Univ. Trailer Parking 8 Loading Ramp 9 Wooden Decking & Seating 10 Existing Dock 11 Existing Tennis Courts 12 Weir 13 Fresh Water Wetland 14 Salt Marsh 15 Existing Riprap 16 Mud Flats 17 Path to Inwood Hill Park

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A key driver for this project is based on the experiential transition from the city to the water. Upon entering the lobby of the building after walking through the courtyard greenspace, a framed view finally links a visual connection between the landscape and the river. By limiting visual connection to the water’s edge into a few key moments, we learned to appreciate the rarity of those

situations and designed around the aperature. A tectonic gorge slices the mass down the center. The intermediate zone would define the threshold between the ground and the water. A curving steel staircase hovers and intensifies the rowers’ daily ritual from the busy to the place of their activity.


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Selected Works Corrugated Roofing - 3/16” Corrugated Roof Decking - 4“ Vent Space Cavity - Bituminous Waterproof Sealant - Loose Insulation - 4” Rigid Insulation - Stainless Steel Bolts - 4”x 1 -12“Steel Z Channel - 11” x 3“ Steel Channel Corten Rainscreen Cladding - 1/4” Corten Rainscreen Panel - 1/4” Corten Perforated Mesh - Stainless Steel Spacers/Bolts - 4” Rigid Mineral Fiber Insulation - Continuous Flashing - 8” x 3” Steel AngleOperable Glazing and Interior Finish - Kawneer 8470TL Horizontal Sliding Window (1” infill) - Steel Trim and Header Plate - 1’ x 1’ Steel Column 3/8“ Studwall - 3/4” Metal Furring - 3/8” White Painted Gypsum Board Folding Glass Door - Kawneer 8470TL Aluminium Mul lions - 3” x 3” Steel Angles 11” x 3” Steel Channel - 1 ‘ - 1/2” Rotating Disk - 3/8” Steel Cable - Manual Operating Wheel

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1 Boat Storage Shed 2 Public Stair Case to Upper Courtyard 3 Rowers Stair Case to Lockers & Gym 4 Boat Repair & Maintanence 5 Exterior Boat Cleaning Station 6 Unconditioned Intermediate Atrium 7 Staff Office & Meeting Room 8 Rowers’ Lounge 9 Mechanical and Electrical Room 10 Boiler Room 11 Elevator to Public Lobby 12 Exterior Tunnel to Tennis Courts

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1 1:20 Ramp to Elevated Walkway 2 Visitor Entry Point & Overlook 3 Main Lobby 4 Front Kiosk Desk 5 Men’s Restroom 6 Women’s Restroom 7 Bridge Over Onconditioned Spaces 8 Terrace 9 Multi-Purpose Video/Classroom 10 Public Gallery 11 Public Recreation Room

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CRITIC: Evan Tribus & Dragana Zoric

SEMESTER: Fall 2015-Spring 2016

THE FLANEUR & THE OPTICAL ECOLOGY A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH BRENDAN O’SHEA

The Flaneur & the Optical Ecology

The project involves experimentation of modes of performance in LA and its surrounding urban fabric, putting into question the boundary of performance. If theatrical viewing is an architectural component that can be stolen, bartered, or shared, what is the limit of one’s ‘real estate’? The research investigates the economics of viewing in L.A. through the optical experience of the car and hillside house. Perfor-

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mative theater melts itself within the commercial strip, allowing creative entrepreneurs a new mode of representation through an ability to buy a view or modify the viewing experience. The project revolves around two viewing platforms. Each serveas re-deployable optical devices, having their own ability to modify their form, function autonomously, or in conjunction with each other.


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Los Angeles is a culture that consumes images. It can be understood only through the con-stellation of images that have been constructed for it, and that have, in turn, constructed its reality. Los Angeles is seen as a world materialized through perception. It is a representation of a space that has been socialized into existence; the end of the great road West, the place where our manifest destiny meets the ocean and is washed back up onto the shore “where the eye is left gazing into the sun-set�.


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LEFT: 01 interior lobby render 02 interior walkway render RIGHT: 01 CNC & 3D printed model photographs 1�=20’

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The viewing devices include the telescopic apparatus and active apparatus. Both play an interchangeable roll of alternating between viewing and viewer. The optical apparatus extends its spatial boundary by allowing the user to operate and alter proscenium space existing within

the surrounding site. The active apparatus acts as a mutli-processional viewing platform, allowing the viewer to become a part of the choreographed experience, directed through a series of viewing platforms throughtout a performance.


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KAIRA LOORO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: TANAF CHAPEL Kaira Looro International Competition: Tanaf Chapel

The Chapel of Tanaf overlooks the valley of Tanaf Bolong, sharing a landscape with rice fields, mangroves and lagoons and bordering the graceful winding of the Casamance River. Taking its queue from ancient sacred architecture, the intervention uses inscribed geometry to demonstrate the junction between heaven and earth. The squaring of the circle symbolizes the dialogue between humankind and divinity, as two differing geometries come together in harmony.

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The design challenge was to create multi-faith place of worship, and it was met with the creation of a space that blurs the boundaries between the terrestrial to the celestia and prioritizes one’s communion with nature. One crosses the threshold of the outer layer made of earth and into the central space, partitioned by a light hanging fabric. The hanging fabric is a flexible partition that gives its user the ability to shift from the scale of the collective to the individual.


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Collective Gathering

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The sun’s movement around Tanaf Valley created an opportunity for the chapel to let light infiltrate its interior through a central void. The central void is a visual marker for the act of prayer and worship. The expansive roof canopy slopes inwards towards the void, thus acting as a funnel for water collection that strategically drains water through the chapel and into a nearby cistern. Solar radiation maps were used to emphasize porosity on the chapel’s exterior surfaces. To achieve porosity within the facade, an investigation of material waste

resulted in the development of rubber tire cladding material that’s supported by traditional wood structural framing and mud hut construction. A tire is abstracted into fragments that create a building block and a mold that will be covered in mud then structurally tied together and punctured with flexible mangrove. The chapel underscores the growing sense of community amongst the tribes in the region of Sedhiou and acts as junction of artifact and nature to create a harmonious intertwining of spaces.


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RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE AT HARVARD UNIVSERSITY: SCHLESINGER LIBRARY

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University: Schlesinger Library

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is a special collections library within the Harvard University Libraries. The collections include holdings strong in women’s rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, education and the professions, and culinary history and etiquette. Schlesinger also offers 3-4 exhibits each year, drawn from the library archives and collections and displayed in a gallery space in the main lobby of the building. The Poorvu Gallery in Schlesinger Hall is the public face of the archives and a focus of the design discourse. The design reveals

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the bones of the historic building by removing unnecessary walls and respecting the original structural grid, creating a single generous space. The design concept frees up the walls and floor for flexible exhibition by incorporating the gallery infrastructure into a flexible ceiling. This leaves the walls and floor open for display. features a glowing figured ceiling above the gallery space. This surface – a series of gently curved fabric vaults – is lit from above, acting as both architectural surface and ambient light fixture. The rhythm of arches references historic building elements while providing a singular contemporary identity to the gallery space.


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WELLESLEY COLLEGE GLOBAL FLORA

Wellesley College Global Flora

This project reimagines how the design of a sustainable greenhouse can create a culture shift to enhance the understanding, experience and respect of nature. The Global Flora botanical facility expands the rich history of Wellesley College botany and campus gardens, established in the 1920’s by Dr. Margaret Ferguson and her prescient vision which encouraged students to “listen to” plants and learn through hands-on interdisciplinary experiences. Global Flora houses a pre-eminent plant collection in Dry, Temperate and Tropical biomes. The iconic Durant Camellia tree, over 140 years old, is exhibited in a pavilion accessed via an underground

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root gallery. Global Flora meets the Living Building Net Zero Challenge, surpassing goals in Water, Energy, Beauty, Health & Happiness, and Equity. The design links the living biome soils with the native topography and watersheds of the campus landscape. This enables water remediation and recovery along natural flow ways, advancing a return to sustainable native planting. The project strengthens use of the Campus as an educational, public resource and uses the material efficiency and transparency of an innovative ETFE cladding to facilitate the study of plant-form adaptations across biomes.


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The form of the Global Flora Botany Center is driven by the eastto-west arc of the site’s solar orientation to maximize passive heat gain for the plants. The curved building form and the need to accommodate different tree heights produces a varying section, which offers a diversity of spatial experiences that reveal slowly as people move through the biomes. Design in section maximizes people’s experiences in, under, over, and among the collections through folded interior topographies which sponsor flexible public programs, from pop up research labs to places for relaxation, study and music performance.

Transparent interior ETFE partitions that interpenetrate between biomes enable the direct visual comparison of plant forms in different climates. The ETFE cladding responds to the need for ventilation, allowing one or more of the three biomes to be completely naturally ventilated for 85% of the year. A concrete trombe wall on the north, promotes passive air flows from Dry to Temperate to Tropical biomes and allows passive heat & humidity transfer between the biomes, with additional local humidification in the Tropical biome provided by a water wall integrated into the architecture.


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Feature Plant: Brachychiton Rupestris

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Global Flora combines use of repurposed on-campus materials with a lightweight air pillow ETFE cladding, which provides full spectrum sunlight to the plants and people. The ETFE surfaces are being customized by foil frits, which can modulate shading when the pillows contract or expand. The Net Zero operational energy and water of Global Flora is

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complimented by the low embodied energy of the ETFE cladding, whcih is manufactured, fabricated and assembled regionally. Stone and masonry from the Sage building are repurposed in exterior paving surfaces. Exterior cedar cladding on the trombe wall is harvested from two campus trees.


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Architecture & Design Portfolio 2018 // Michael S. Bennett  

A look at the work of Michael S. Bennett, B.Arch alumnus of Pratt Institute School of Architecture

Architecture & Design Portfolio 2018 // Michael S. Bennett  

A look at the work of Michael S. Bennett, B.Arch alumnus of Pratt Institute School of Architecture

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