[mg] Miguel Gutierrez
The watercolor on the cover emerged out of appreciation for Luis Barragan and the colorful artistic culture in South America. Always inspired by bright colors, I chose this piece as a source of color for this portfolio and for the majority of my work throughout.
Organizing a residential building for a blind individual and their spouse. The goal was to design a smaller scale project in which the users could orient themselves without visual architectural elements. The project was located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and no specific program nor budget was assigned.
This urban-scaled design followed the guidelines for the Innovation 2030 competition. Considering impending sea-level rise, the city of Fort Lauderdale needs an immediate redesign and re-densification. The challenge of this project was to organize a program to deal with these environmental changes while creating a more enjoyable and more walkable city. My solution revamps several streets by injecting parks, storm water collectors, and sea-level-rise mitigators into the urban fabric.
The Museum of Contemporary art in Belgrade has undergone a series of remodeling projects to identify itself within the international art community. Hosted by MoMA, this project was given to a group of FAU students tasked with creating an interpretive representation of the building that emphasized the concepts of the project. These were the results.
The Re-volve Library is located on the Miami-Dade College campus, and the design aims to create an all-inclusive information hub. The site is situated at the intersection of the MetroMover and several main streets. I designed the site plan to add urban value by giving some of the space back to the community. The radial yet linear organization integrates interior and exterior space to maintain outward views while still adhering to the Dewey Decimal System within.
Successful modular design has proven to result in energy-efficient buildings that take less time and cost less money to build. With these goals in mind, I designed a modular hotel in Miami that embraced the rich history of the city. Incorporating cultural aspects of Miami, I combined the lifestyle of the city with affordable construction. The resulting design is modular, yet simple enough to let each resident design the interiors to their liking.
Florida Atlantic Universityâ€™s main campus in Boca Raton, Florida was originally the location of a WWII army air base. The site for this project neighbors the existing airport, and the program called for a museum, a small private aviation school, and private hangars. This museum is my thesis project and represents the culmination of five years of architectural education and exploration. My Syncopation Museum was chosen as the Thesis Year Prize winner at FAU and was selected to be a part of the 2019 Chile Architectural Biennial.
01 Site Incline
Ft Lauderdale, Florida 02 Northern Light
This project entailed building a residential single-family structure for a visually impaired person and their spouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The blind resident of the home is an avid swimmer, so a pool was a significant amenity to incorporate. I used the residentâ€™s love of swimming as inspiration for the way-finding system throughout the house in which occupants orient themselves by the sound of running water. I designed the pool as the roof for the building to not only provide the cooling necessary to combat the Florida heat, but also to facilitate the water collection system. Rainwater is directed from the roof, to the pool, and down to the lily gardens surrounding the area, creating a series of fountains which maintain the dynamic state of the water.
03 Building Grid
04 Prevailing Winds
05 Wrapping Wall
06 Water Circulation
Above: Site Plan Below: East Elevation
Below: North Elevation 07 Axis Intersection
First Plan 05
Split into two masses divided by the program, the house is uniquely oriented towards wayfinding without visual dependence. By locating the pool above the living spaces (the bottom mass) and raising the top mass to overlook the pool, there is a constant auditory relationship to the water. The water is continuously flowing through the design. It starts at the roof, pours down the water feature flowing down the length of the pool, then cascades down the main entry wall into the lily pad gardens. The experience for the non-visually-impaired occupants is also enhanced as light filters through the water into the living spaces below.
Transverse Section (facing east): This section highlights the wet wall at the ownersâ€™ entry from the left which feeds water from the pool into the lily pad Zen gardens. These gardens not only create calm and serene environments but also act as the natural cleaning system for the water throughout.
Longitudinal Section (facing south): This section highlights the wet wall at the ownersâ€™ entry from the left which feeds water from the pool into the lily pad Zen gardens. These gardens not only create calm and serene environments but also act as the natural cleaning system for the water throughout.
Longitudinal Section (facing north): This section illustrates the light as it gets filtered through the pool to create dynamic caustics that illuminate the living spaces below. Height changes allow for a deeper pool above the lower ceilings in the garage and a shallow lounging area above the high ceiling in the living room. This progressive shift in height allows the water to run from the left to the right towards the wet wall (shown in the south facing section above).
green fingers urban study In collaboration with:
Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding the Las Olas Corridor, the Green Fingers Project proposes the complete transformation of secondary vertical streets into pedestrian oriented corridors that help resupply the aquifer and drain water back into the New River. The proposal is broken down into a series of phases to help ease the economy, the culture, and the ecology into the complete renewal of the city. Each â€œfingerâ€? is then differentiated through its own identity adapted from the mini ecosystem of each existing street culture. Every park embodies a specific program, responding to both the surrounding buildings and the specific way in which it remediates the ecosystem.
01 Water Mitigation
Taylor Eccher Isabel Hernandez Cody Thamann
TREES LIVE OAK
ROYAL POINCIANA SEA GRAPES CYPRESS SLASH PINE
LITTLE BLUESTEM GRASS MUHLY GRASS PURPLE LOVE GRASS
GROUND COVER TAMPA VERVAIN
Phase I: Begin with the integration of Andrews Park to get the community interested in the development and to bring money into the center of the city. This also creates the primary water replenisher for the aquifer. This phase stretches the park to the new city hall, creating precedent for the new center of the city.
Phase II: Continue by densifying the surrounding area of Andrews Park with large-scale, high-rise, mixed-use buildings. Add additional “green fingers” to the adjacent non-riverintersecting streets. This is a vital stage in the process as it creates the green streets that revitalize the area while acting as the new “gills” to the aquifer.
Phase III: Expand the densification of the surrounding area, including Broward Boulevard, which is being re-scaped into an actual boulevard. This allows pedestrians to traverse the street and flanks the edges with new businesses to encourage an active street life, giving an identity to the downtown. Each “finger” is cultivated with an individual ambiance based on the surrounding hardscape: dog park, sports park, café park, exercise park, etc. Phase IV: The final phase occurs many years in the future when the new parks have begun to act as channels for the new water that the city has taken in from the sea. Expanding these channels north and south allows water to easily flow into the larger river and back into the ocean.
Aerial Perspective (Right Page Top): This illustrates an estimation of what the city would look like during phase III as it appears in the existing infrastructure of Fort Lauderdale.
Aerial Perspective 13
Andrews Park Perspective 15
Andrews Park (Full Block Typology) Andrews park is an important focal point of the project as it is the only â€œfingerâ€? that occupies a whole block. It carves out a large central walkway that activates and connects to the existing library and museum while also making the adjacent streets more walkable.
Andrews Park Perspective 19
MoCA model study In collaboration with:
Patricia Ceron Taylor Eccher Isabel Hernandez Alex Potter Stefani Spence Jordy Virguetti Prof. Luke Jenkins Prof. John Sandel Prof. Vladamir Kulic
This project was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City during the 2018-2019 Yugoslavia exhibition as an interpretation of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. The carefully chosen materials accentuate the interplay of floors (raumplan) of the main structure. After a series of iterations, our team decided on various transparencies of acrylic to achieve this expression. The process shown in the next few pages shows the thought process as the materials, the structure, and the original concept of the building are analyzed and displayed.
Building Photograph 20
Model Photograph 21
We began by recreating the structure of the building to understand how it worked and how it came together. We utilized materials such as chip board and balsa wood to maintain an ease of construction and to identify primary, secondary, and tertiary structural members. We identified two separate grids that were used to organize the building
Our model began to identify the main concept of the building and how it could be best represented. The raumplan was of immediate interest to the group, and we decided that acrylic was the best material to display this idea. We allowed the overall massing to be shown by allowing translucency to highlight the interplay of the floors within.
Acrylic Analysis Breaking down the model into a single module allowed us to play with different uses of the material. We represented the structure as a solid in order to show the connection between the two different grids.
We chose two different levels of translucency in the acrylic to differentiate the flows from the walls and to accentuate the concept of the building. Etching the material pattern on the exterior acrylic allowed us to differentiate between solid walls and fenestrations.
Less translucent acrylic was chosen for the floors to give them strength while more translucent walls allows viewers to see the floors within. Windows and other translucent materials in the building are displayed by the mullions.
Final Model Photograph 23
Modular construction creates a unique set of constraints which maximize the strength in repetition within the form of a building. The two main selling points of a building this size are its economic viability and ease of construction. I created three separate modules for the design of my hotel, which allows for the accommodation of different clients. The modules range from a single-room studio to a dual-floor loft. I divided the building into three separate towers that descend and cater to views of the beach. Each tower contains a gym, a bar, and spa facilities to accommodate the guests. The hotel is formally organized like a snake to maximize northern indirect sunlight and eastern views while ensuring that sunlight reaches the pool all throughout the day. LUXURY HOMES
INTERCOATAL FRONTAGE APARTMENTS
BEACH FRONTAGE HOTELS
MODULE C (TOP)
MODULE B 2 5
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MODULE C (BOTTOM)
Sky Bar Perspective
2 BAR 3 RESTAURANT 4 GARAGE 5 POOL
6 GYM 7 SKY BAR 8 SPA 9 MECH ROOM
Views from Modules
Lower towers in front allow back towers views out
Vertical Circulation & Structure
70 Modular Rooms and Suites
This project began with an interpretation of what a library means to a city. I created a series of graphics that demonstrate the dual functions of the library as both a vault and a shrine. Inspired by these drawings, I set out to create a building that is respectful to the urban activity in the area. Considering both a need to give space back to the public as well as a need for the linear organization of the books, a circular geometry became the apparent solution. I later carved out sections of the form to accommodate the adjoining buildings and infrastructure. Finally, I wrapped the building in a brise soleil to allow views outward while also offering protection from the harsh Miami sun.
02 Green Space
01 Circular Geometry
03 Adjacent Building
04 Infrastructure Intersection
05 Visual Unification
NE 3rd St
NE 2nd Ave NE 2nd St
Interior Perspective Left page above: I was able to maintain a linear organization for the books by arranging the shelf space in a spiral around the central courtyard. This also allows for views both inward and outward. The central courtyard filters light through the trees while also providing a comfortable green space within the urban environment. Walkways interconnect through the green area to facilitate communication between the spaces, allowing people to interact while enveloped by the greenery. I created a visual relationship between this space and the Metro-Mover below to connect the building to the rest of the city while also creating public interest in the methods of transportation that are interconnected to the â€œforum.â€?
Right page above: The south elevation shows the intersection with the Metro-Mover and the introduction to the building from the stairs. The perforated skin opens up depending on the angles of the sun, introducing natural light while blocking the majority of the heat.
Right page below: This south-facing section is cut through the vertical circulation shaft and the central green space, illustrating the interplay between the movement of people and the various activities the building explores. The central circulation shaft and mechanical spaces are also shown.
Right page right: This wall section is cut through the external skin and shows how the structure integrates both the ramping systems and the brise soleil to maintain comfortable temperatures and adequate lighting throughout the building. Also shown here are the mechanical systems and how they are tucked above the ramps to maximize space and commodity for both the people and books circulating the building.
Skin Wall Section
The project seeks to be a hub for the transfer of information throughout the community. The dynamic interactions between the building and transportation systems creates unity amongst the differing neighborhoods of the city. The â€œforumâ€? then allows a personal transfer of knowledge from human to human more directly than other mediums such as books, the internet, or newer technologies allow.
The Boca Raton Army Air Base was located on what is now the Florida Atlantic University Campus. This historically charged site is the location for this project. Although programmatically organized as a museum, this building also houses several hangars for the adjacent airport. The World War II hangar that used to exist on this site was a traditional â€œQuonsetâ€? hangar. I referenced this typology to design the form and the structure of the museum. The Quonset hangar was utilized for its ease of construction and low cost in times of crisis when fast and cheap construction was necessary. My original concept drawing studies the use of corrugation in materiality to create structural integrity while maintaining an overall simplicity in the form. Creating a repetitive modular system also contributed to ease of circulation for the people within while keeping overall costs down. A central circulating corridor similar to that of an aircraft allows for a series of simultaneous interior and exterior views framed by the undulating form of the building. The undulation allows each bay to have an independent program of use without interfering with the that of the next bay.
Boca Raton, Florida
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