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MIKE LIDWIN university of tennessee architecture portfolio spring 2018


MIKE LIDWIN PORTFOLIO


TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION

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SPECULATED REALITIES URBAN VOXELIZATION

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A SAUNA FOR HIETANIEMI

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CHIMERICAL PERIMETERS

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MOLECULAR CUISINE

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CONNECTIVE LANDSCAPES

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A PROMENADE FOR RAIN

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ACTIVE ANALYSES A DOWNTOWN FOR OAK RIDGE 33 TERRACOTTA CAFE

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MEMBRANE DISSECTION

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CRAFTED CONSTRUCTS DIGITAL ARTIFACT

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PAPER VESSEL

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DEFINING OBSESSIONS ALTERNATIVE TIMEKEEPING

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TACTILE LANDSCAPES

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ABOUT ME I may not remember my birth. Nor do I remember the couple of years to follow. Whatever memory first stuck in my mind, it is probably now lost, faded into the subconscious that now serves as a silent leader. What I do remember is coloring. I remember scratching in books and on books, one keeping me out of trouble more than the other. Coloring books during Sunday masses kept me quiet and fixed in my pew. Coloring books at the lake kept me busy during morning hours when the sun had yet to rise. (For I have been and always will be a morning person - except on days when mornings may as well be a continuation of the night. In this case, please note that I am not a morning person.) Coloring books worked until too many were exhausted, too many Disney cartoons had been brought to life by the uneven, often-unguided lines of crayon, at which point I drew my own coloring books on printer paper. I still remember coloring, because I continue to color to this day. The only thing that has changed over the years has been my media of choice and a slightly stifled creativity, bounded by the reality and experience of life. I like to think that this portfolio captures these continuations of coloring.

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SPECULATED REALITIES


URBAN VOXELIZATION professor_m. prado term_fall 2017 A mausoleum can inhabit the underutilized spaces of buildings. Skyscrapers may be unlikely locations for cemeteries and mausoleums. Yet, skyscrapers require strong supports at the base of the building. Awkward and smaller spaces around the base of the building can become opportunities to add crypt spaces. Memorial space can begin to integrate into the fabric of the building.

L1

TRAIN LINE 1

amtrack lines / 001 highline entrance + existing bus stop / 002 high line existing path + infrastructure / 003

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06 01

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[INTEGRATED STRUCTURES] Caisson placements connect the vertical loads seamlessly back to the ground, providing a structural condition that requires tabbed beams to branch off of the columns. The vertical loads are thick to support the weight of the skyscraper above. A result of site excavation - the caisson placement is away from the site boundary, requiring a distribution of forces towards the center of the structure. The facade, therefore, is suspended to the cantilevered oors, before reconnecting with the ground. At the ground, the drain system collects water that rushes off the facade - much like a waterfall - and is relocated to the drainage already required to prevent water from disrupting the foundation.

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2’0” column batting insulation finished interior wall

metal decking beam tabs i beam air vent

skin system rain trench

retaining wall

frostline

concrete slab protective slab drain below slab caisson with rebar


DETAIL

[SLICED BUILDINGS] Detailed oor sections reveal how connections to the facade. The lack of columns on the exterior walls demonstrates the need for adequate vertical supports further inward from the skin. Tabbed connections for horizontal loads provide support for the decking and oor slabs above. Although the skin system blends into the earth to form the sidewalk and a gutter trench to collect water, the vertical connections continue further to the basement, providing the continuous distribution back to the caisson. Early stages of construction help inform an inherent building structure designed around the caisson.

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DOORS professor_s. wall term_summer 2018

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The sauna becomes a gateway for the transition between life and death. As such, it’s appropriate for it to also serve as the mediator between the conditions of the land and the sea - taking into account the alternative landscape formed in the winter. Issues of public and private ownership arise.

100m

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FISHING + DOCKING PIER

WATER [STANDING DEPTH]

BEACH

APARTMENT 02

APARTMENT 01

SMALL AMPITHEATRE + GRILL AREA

SAUNA

WATER [DIVING DEPTH]

TREE CANOPY + ROCK

WADING POOL

EXISTING PARKING LOT

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S6 6

R1

S5

R2

R3 R

S4

4 R4

F F1

F22 F3 SS2

F55

SS2

F4

S2 S22

S3

S2 S2 S1

F F6 R5 F9 9

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CHIMERICAL PERIMETERS S6

professor_m. rutenberg term_spring 2017 The individual quickly establishes themselves in the setting of the university. Classes, parking, housing, and dining chart locations in the individual’s perceived campus map. Chimerical perimeters form like a magnetic field. They restrain the individual to a segmented landscape. S4

The campus and its global connection to education allows the institution to transgress its geographic boundaries. Land is unable to restrain the presence of the university. The buildings and their relationships to each other transform the limits of a single building. Buildings are not mere envelopes to confine interior space. Rather, a building is simply a grouping of exterior and interior spaces, in conversation with several other groupings. They have no true perimeter.

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B

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MOLECULAR CUISINE professor_m. rutenberg term_spring 2017 A meringue is the elite dessert - a sculpted excess of consumption. Desserts are made just as much for their taste as their form. The excess of structure dominates a landscape. It demands more than the initial site forfeited. Aesthetic Fragility exists in the idea, but like the meringue, consumption fractures space. Architecture becomes destination focused. Students are drawn to the stepping stones of restaurants that provide gustatory remnants of home, while connecting the two green spaces. Main Street becomes a corridor of culinary experiences - its grand ďŹ nale a line of food trucks, the ultimate comfort food.

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SECTION A

SECTION B


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N H CH2OH O CH2OH

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HO OH

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L3

L2

L1

B


CONNECTIVE LANDSCAPES professor_r. abudayyeh term_spring 2016 This project analyzes site conditions to understand how an addition to a warehouse can engage the public. This proposal seeks to better understand how storefront additions may actively engage the public, while utilizing underdeveloped land. The context is University of Tennessee’s FabLab - located in downtown Knoxville. The site becomes an unused roof space - when one can’t build out, go up. Through a connective ground plane, the additive space above the workshop blends with the landscape. It becomes a billboard for the surrounding area.

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[HAND DRAFTING] This project combined an understanding of hand drafting with Rhino. The result was an experimentation with different media - taking the analogue nature of the hand and translating that to digital drafting, as well.

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A PROMENADE FOR RAIN professor_j. rose term_fall 2015 The ďŹ rst transition into the space serves as a reception room for visitors, welcoming them in from rainy weather. The explicit translation of rain is brought into the room for its second zone, where an impluvium reintroduces the visitor to rain as an art form - no longer something to be avoided. As the visitor walks around the impluvium, they are presented with an interior pond formed from the collection of rainwater. Its individual steps encourage the visitor to look down, noticing the living systems that beneďŹ t from the water. By the end of the promenade, rain no longer becomes an element to avoid, but rather an environment to enjoy.

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ACTIVE ANALYSES


5 mile radius

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e nc fe

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melton hill lake

0 miles parks + green spaces high trafficked roads oak ridge [present] oak ridge [1943] oak ridge fence [1943] racial demographics

5 miles


A DOWNTOWN FOR OAK RIDGE professor_j. rose governor’s chair studio (in conjunction with Skidmore Owings & Merrill) term_fall 2018 [ENVISIONING FUTURE GROWTH] Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), plays an integral role in shaping the city of Oak Ridge. The city’s identity as the Secret City comes from this laboratory. Yet, in looking where people in Oak Ridge live, does this narrative fit the present-day city? ORNL is largely removed from the primarily residential sectors of the city. Of the four original locations for the lab, only two locations remain active. Perhaps the geographic border of Oak Ridge is different than the prescribed 1943. In the media, ORNL markets the city as an ideal location for outdoor recreational amenities, suggesting these people interested in living near these will want to live in Oak Ridge. The map becomes a concentration of key points that make up the identity of Oak Ridge. ORNL markets their city for its amenities, riverfront sports, shopping amenities, and school systems. *present, ongoing investigation for the remainder of 2018.

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ROOF MEMBRANE RIGID INSULATION PARAPET CLADDING TOP CLIP W/ ISOLATOR

CONCRETE SLAB W/ METAL DECKING

STEEL GIRDER METAL STUD BATT INSULATION GIRT AIR/MOISTURE BARRIER EXTERIOR FINISH: TERRACLAD INTERIOR FINISH: PLASTER INTERIOR INSULATION AIR GAP

BATT INSULATION EXTERIOR SHEATHING STANDARD CLIP W/ ISOLATOR AIR/MOISTURE BARRIER VERTICAL TRACK

“Z” GIRT BOTTOM CLIP W/ ISOLATOR METAL FLASHING STAINLESS STEEL GUTTER

0” 2” 4”

8”

1’0”

1’6”

2’0”


TERRACOTTA CAFE professor_h. göritz + m.k. davis term_spring 2017 [THERMAL CLADDING] A simple coffee shop becomes the inspiration for material usage and form. The refined clay tiles in terracotta cladding symbolize the artisan quality expected from the coffee. The earthen association with clay establishes an environment before even entering the cafe. In this design, the facade becomes an important influence on the experience. No longer is a facade only relevant to its exterior conditions. Rather, materiality compliments an interior. Through the application of this material, the form emerges. Windowless walls allow for terracotta detail on the exterior, concentrating the natural light to a corner of the facade. The cafe becomes a mold-able footprint, adaptable for community events and able to display local art on its walls, as a result of controlled natural lighting. [SECTION ANALYSIS] The custom engineered terracotta cladding on the exterior membrane is comprised of colored aggregate, various fire clays, and fluxes that were fired to a specific firing curve.

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insulated glass aluminum capping roof membrane rigid insulation

top clip with insulator exterior finish: terraclad paneling concrete slab metal decking steel girder air gap batt insulation terracotta paneling clip with insulator air/moisture barrier air conditioning vent plywood

girt interior finish: plaster interior insulation

concrete floor exterior detail: change in terraclad

gypsum board finish


MEMBRANE DISSECTION professor_h. göritz + mk davis partner_r. list term_spring 2017 This research project analyzes structural and enclosure elements of Mario Botta’s Bechtler Museum. Through diagramming the building in section, elevation, and axonometric form, this analysis documents the hidden components used to construct the museum. This analysis also chooses to focus on the exterior façade, because of its programmatic relationship to the museum as an exhibition space. By contrasting the skylights with the opaque façade, the Bechtler Museum presents a dichotomy of lighting conditions used to protect and display artwork. This project is also as much about architectural drawing as it is about the design of the Bechtler Museum. By detailing structural and enclosure elements, this research analysis argues that understanding structure is best learned through diagramming and reinterpreting drawings. RECOGNITION. This project received “Honorable Mention” in the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium (EUReCA) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Architecture + Design category.

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CRAFTED CONSTRUCTS


DIGITAL ARTIFACT professors_m. prado + m. guerguis partner_m. stanďŹ ll term_fall 2017 Section cuts become a technology for fabrication - a digital tool to understand the printing process. No longer is a representational drawing merely a visualization technique. As seen in Figures 08-19, sections of the drawing help understand what components are being printed in that particular section, providing an understanding of how the supports and our object correspond to one another. Sections become realistic timepieces to track the birth of this artifact.

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PAPER VESSEL professor_j. rose term_fall 2015 The magnolia pine cone is abundant on the University of Tennessee’s campus. This project covers and dresses the cone in an origami form that mimics the budding of a flower the origins of the cone itself. Paper becomes an ironic protective material , which lacks in durability. Yet, paper’s delicacy and connection to the tree provide a logical and appropriate prosthetic to the cone.

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DEFINING OBSESSIONS


ALTERNATIVE TIMEKEEPING The documentation of 3 months of daily coffee usage indicates an addiction beyond caffeine. My obsession with coffee - speciďŹ cally with the artifacts from a daily event - fascinates me. Each cup reveals a timeline of consumption with striations down the side. They becomes microcosms, portable landscapes. My love of coffee is coupled with an equally devoted love of the coffee shops that serve the various brews. Whether working, socializing, or reading, I discover cities through their various coffee shops. I see local businesses as the foundation for urban culture, and the environments created through food become inspiration for my designs.

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TACTILE LANDSCAPES [PHOTOGRAPHY] My particular photographic interest is centered around the landscape specifically the places and memories that have provided the most holistic experiences beyond mere sight.

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MIKE LIDWIN.deďŹ ning obsessions

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THANK YOU mlidwin@vols.utk.edu 571.442.2069


MIKE LIDWIN portfolio  

mike lidwin architecture portfolio university of tennessee: knoxville

MIKE LIDWIN portfolio  

mike lidwin architecture portfolio university of tennessee: knoxville

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