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Michelle Vander Heyden Portfolio


Michelle Vander Heyden University of Oregon Bachelor of Architecture

2010 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97405 425-941-6010 mvanderhe@gmail.com


Live

Glendale Affordable Family Housing

Engage Troutdale Civic Center Experience

Villa Sciarra-Wurts International School

Relax

The Hammock Chair

Sketch Drawings from Abroad


Concept

How do you make affordable housing good? My thesis project investigated how to make a half-acre site surrounded by bad context and make it an affordable family housing complex that makes life good.

Units

Drawing from inspiration images of spaces that reached out into the landscape, the units were designed for the kitchen and dining rooms to be filled with light and air. Sliding glass doors open up onto small balconies that allow the dining area to be turned into an outdoor room.

Summer

2 Bed Winter

Live

Glendale Affordable Family Housing

Studio, 1 Bed


Family Units

The family units focused on making life easier for both adults and children. Two major ideas involved the planning of the units, the first is having ample amount of storage, specifically near the entrance, allowing an easier time of getting kids out the door. Secondly, the units aimed to allow for supervision, but also independence between parents and children. Sightlines are given from the kitchen into the living room through glass doors and outside to the small courtyard. The childrens bedrooms are also located right above the kitchen allowing the parents to hear loud “thumps.�


Site

Parking Garage

Grandma’s Courtyard

The site was inspired from the effeciency and fun of an Italian town. Starting with a site that is surrounded by a 1970s apartment complex, a parking garage and a mattress store, the first decision was to design the site internally focused. A journey is created as the main road winds through the site with small, serene courtyards and a large “piazza”opening up.

Family Courtyard

Small, Serene Courtyards Main Courtyard

Small Gathering Courtyard

Apartment Buidling

Glendale Affordable Family Housing

A Journey with Surprises

Family Courtyard

Alley

Large Piazzas with Activity


Concept

How do you make a community out of a bedroom city? The city of Troutdale was once a small, but energetic city located on the Columbia River, but now lays lifeless during the day with commuters leaving the town for Portland. The project aimed to use its prime location to engage and embrace the town and restore the traditions and community to Troutdale.

Engage

Troutdale Civic Center


Site

Pieces of the program were laid out in order to best engage the community from the main road. The courtroom is used as a latern to attract residents and give them a glimpse of the legal system. The library is located on the quiet, interior of the site. These two spaces form the edges of the ampitheater which creates a gathering space for the community to hold events and celebrations.


Interior

Taken from the French idea of a thin building for light and air, the administrative offices of the Civic Center are located along a two-story corridor with daylight and exposed structure. The offices sit off of a smaller courtyard located in the back allowing easy access for workers take a break and connect with the outdoors.

Troutdale Civic Center


Athletic fields located to capture summer breeze

Amphitheater backdrop is historic Rome

Site

Trapped in a state a disrepair, Villa Sciarra-Wurts sits on one of Rome’s famous hills hugging the historic city walls from the sixteenth century. With views down to the colosseum and pantheon, the site has great potential for an international school where children can learn by experiencing their outside world as well as in the typical classroom setting. During the two-week design charette, I designed a school for children to grow into well-rounded individuals shaped by their experiences.

Experience

Villa Sciarra-Wurts International School

Intentions

Each part of the program was placed with both Italian ideas of borrowing the landscape and layering on historic architecture as well as American ideas of placing buildings according to natural light and winds.


The open deck off of the library allows views down to historic Rome

The historic city walls are incorporated into the walls of the classrooms


Concept

Why are hammocks so comfortable? I have many fond memories of spending a lazy summer day in a hammock reading, sleeping or hanging out with friends. I sought to create a chair that allowed one to be able to lounge either inside or outside with that same cool, relaxed feeling of a hammock.

Relax

The Hammock Chair


Design

The chair was designed around the stretchy middle section, allowing the chair to form around the body. The chair was difficult structurally because of the double angles of the four main supports and making sure the chair can withstand the compressional forces of the sling while not adding too much weight physically or aesthetically.


Sketch

Drawings from Abroad


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