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2012 UNDERGRAD CAL POLY

Michael Batryn

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SOM INTERNSHIP


The importance of place is increasingly being ignored by contemporary architecture. Rapid transit and the virtual presence afforded by modern technology have de-emphasized the importance of place in daily life and replaced it with an ever-shifting billboard image. The modern built environment responds to the purely functional and pragmatic needs of people in an extremely efficient manor, however the visual dominance that has resulted from the streamlining of buildings efficiency has left user’s happiness and enjoyment of the space to a single superficial and often times alienating dimension. Every sense contributes to a larger picture and understanding of the whole; each building on the understanding gained by the other. Multisensory architecture has the potential to change the

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way the built environment is perceived and integrate it back into the natural world. By addressing the environment in the confines of the city the healing potential of nature can become a integral part of people’s daily lives. By not relying in nature retreats outside of the city and infusing the natural world into urban life, it allows for it to be a part of people’s daily life without them necessarily realizing it; in a kind of stealth therapeutic manner. This helps to address the increasing stress loads that people often struggle with which leads to a healthier, more satisfying life. The distancing from place has strained the fabric of community and allowed people to turn a blind eye to years and years of industrialization and unregulated dumping. Nature’s restorative abilities extend beyond people and communities to the land that the project will be situated on. Using Bayshore Yard, an abandoned train yard located between South San Francisco, Daly City, and Brisbane, as a site will allow for the revitalization of the people, their community,

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and the place. The demographics of this convergence point reveals several disturbing trends. The three cities are effectively a gradient of race, education, income, and ultimately inequality. These discrepancies present the opportunity to not only provide a culturally meaningful place of equal access for every group, but as a place for them to come together, foster a meaningful dialogue, and form a greater understanding of the people and issues that surround them. Placing a community center with an emphasis on nature and rehabilitation at this convergence point could help to bridge the void between nature and high speed culture. This is not meant to be an escape from the city, but rather an escape in the city; redefining the day to day experience of what the city can be for the community around it. People have largely fallen out of their interdependence not only of nature, but of those around them as well. The

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surrounding community used to play an integral part of everyday life, but a commuter society has developed such that a person’s locale does not necessarily play an important part in their life anymore. Using the healing properties of nature to restore and

activate the community while fixing urban problems will invest people back in their surroundings. By making the community center a porous public space it will become a place to meditate, relax, learn, interact, socialize, and play. By establishing an

order and logic that extends beyond the site into the entire community the center will become the heart of the locale. Ultimately, the buildings and site will become a physical representation of the local culture in addition to its values and history.

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MASTERPLAN BUILDING PROGRAM NORTH SITE Cal Train Station Cafe Arts / Exhibition Building Crafts / Shop Building Sports Center Parking MID-SITE Sports Pavilion Renovated Roundhouse Roundhouse Addition / Organic Store Parking SOUTH SITE Tower Pavilion Spa / Relaxation Pavilion MASTERPLAN LANDSCAPE INTERVENTIONS NORTH SITE Amphitheater Ramped MID-SITE Farmer Market Plaza Orchard Districts - Memory of Rail Lines Paths Cross Orchard Connections Community Garden SOUTH SITE Reclaimed Wetlands Boardwalk Regrade Ice House Hill Land Bridge Connection to San Bruno State Park


ARTS / EXHIBITION CENTER

SELECTED DETAIL BUILDING LEVEL PROGRAM ARTS / EXHIBITION CENTER Exhibition Space Small Galleries Lecture Hall Classrooms Meeting Rooms Library Banquet Hall Kitchen Parking

ARTS / SHOP BUILDING Wood Shop Metal Shop Ceramics Studio Glass Studio Small Gallery Meeting Room Offices

SPA / RELAXATION PAVILION Saltwater Baths Locker Rooms Meditation Area Massage Rooms Secluded Garden Indoor Pools Outdoor Pools


The interior of the exhibition building is shaped by the movement of people from the upper street plaza down into the lower sports fields and orchards. The main hall is divided by two divergent paths; one allows for direct access to the sports fields which is juxtaposed by the other leading to a suspended viewing platform above.

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Metal Coping Glass Extruded Alluminium Mullion

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Rigid Foam Insulation Wood Joist 1” Metal Tie-Back Rod 1” Metal Tie-Back Rod Timber Column Vertical Wooden Planks

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Steel Plate Welded to Base Anchored to Foundation Through-Bolts w/ Countersunk Heads and Nuts Wood Deck #6 Rebar

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Waterproof Membrane Drainage Mat Caisson Footing

Rigid Foam Insulation Waterproofing Membrane Unreinforced Concrete Mudslab

The rhythm and geometry of the main structure were derived from the repetitious rhythm formed by railroad track vanishing into the horizon. The massive columns also help to define the interior spaces and the transition between the main exhibition space and that of the smaller galleries and classrooms that branch off from it. The

main structure is then offset from the building to give the space a lightness of form, such that the massive space that it creates does not feel oppressive or heavy. Natural daylight filters in from skylights between the roof beams to further enhance this effect.


This bench was designed as an entry into the annual Vellum Furniture Competition and an exploration of human scale and proportion. As an entryway bench it needed to provide ample space for two people to sit comfortably

as well as room to store shoes, keys, etc. To keep costs down its was manufactured and built from a single sheet of 4’ x 8’ plywood and part of a reproposed futon mattress with custom reupholstering.


The College for Creative Studies is a unique part of UC Santa Barbara. It brings together majors from the technical and the creative fields to encourage collaboration. However, it is currently in a old WW II barracks building that does not meet its current needs. The two buildings proposed in the design focus on creating public spaces and visual connections to and between the site and the axis that runs through campus North to South. The North building is organized around a massive value added gallery space that faces out to the pedestrian axis. It features a double skin glass wall that is mechanically ventilated to limit thermal gains and runs the entire length of the gallery. This provides a visual connection and serves as a beacon of integration. The visual connection provided by the gallery welcomes visitors and members of the College of Creative Studies alike and provides space for student work as well as exhibitions and shows from outside the university. Once inside the gallery, a


café pulls off the main exhibition space to provide an area to eat and discuss the works on display. A stair leads up from the café area to the mezzanine level lobby that over looks both of these spaces. Additionally, there is access to the exterior green roof to the North which leads down to the amphitheater facing the existing library. The theater that is accessed from the mezzanine level lobby is part of the main expression of the North building as it pulls up and over the exterior parking entry. The South building is organized around an open central axis that runs North to South and opens to the North building, which helps to establish a dialog between the two buildings. The two staggered courtyards that come off the central axis serve vastly different purposes, but remain part of an integrated whole. The first courtyard serves as a more open, social space. Many of the social functions of the building are organized around this courtyard. The second theater called for in the program uses this courtyard as an exterior foyer. Many of the classrooms also open into this space as the theater is used as a daily part of the student’s instruction and learning. An exterior stair leads up to the second level roof deck that connects the courtyard with the building lobby and student spaces. The roof deck also provides views out onto the campus axis as the void it creates is pulled through the North façade of the building. The two story lobby also serves as a more


informal gallery space that can be used on a more daily basis by the students for presentations. The student lounge is located on the second floor and both opens to the second level roof deck over the social courtyard as well as overlooks the lobby / gallery through a semipermeable wall. This semi-permeable wall uses the same fenestration strategy as the exterior South-facing windows and provides a degree of privacy while maintaining a visual connection to below. The student computer lab also provides a connection between the second level roof deck and the area over looking the lobby. A large ramp from the exterior also opens into this space making it a central area for student interaction. The administration space is located directly off the lobby to facilitate student interaction. While it does not directly open to the social courtyard it does feature a large window from its kitchen area to maintain a visual connection. The second courtyard is focused around the working components of the program; the woodshop, fabrication lab, sculpture studio, and book lab. To help contain the mess and dust created by these active program elements the courtyard has been sunken into the ground by 8 feet. This helps to delineate the space that the different shops can break out into from the pedestrian axis and other social spaces.

NORTH BUILDING FLOOR 01

FLOOR 02


SOUTH BUILDING FLOOR 01

NORTH BUILDING NORTH SOUTH SECTION

FLOOR 02

FLOOR 03

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The existing Marina Branch Library was built in 1954 and is located in the Marina District of San Francisco, California. It is part of the larger San Francisco Public Library system and is one of 28 libraries in the system. It has become too small for the growing neighborhood that it serves and a new library is needed. The site for the library is located between a busy street, a park, and a school and is just

several blocks from the bay. The new library is carefully sited on the lot to respond to the library user needs as well as those of the surrounding public uses. The front of the library has a stepped seating area that serves as a place to sit and read as well as a waiting area for the bus stop just in front. By blending and integrating the library with the park it can serve as a connection and entrance as opposed

to a barrier. Much of the area lost to the footprint of the building is offset to the green roof deck. This roof deck connects the stepped seating area in the front of the library with a ramp that gently descends into the park behind it. This pulls the park up and over the library and down onto the street, joining them and breaking the separation. This welcomes people simultaneously into the park as well as the library.


L SHAPED outwardly focused opens to view linear seating no direct exterior access

DONUT inwardly focused allows for reading nooks courtyard access doesn’t open to view

COMBINATION communal space exterior focus reading areas interior focus opens to view linear seating and nooks courtyard access

The overall layout of the building drew inspiration from the elongated bar forms of the warehouse/docks that stretch into the bay and form an important part of the history and cultural identity of the area. A study of branch library typologies revealed that typically a L shaped or donut shaped plan were used. Both had certain

advantages, but neither allowed for the character of the site to be fully brought out. By using both typologies together the library is able to open to the view, provide common open areas as well as secluded nooks, and contain an interior courtyard that could be directly accessed from the library atrium. Most importantly this allowed the creation


Maintaining open lines of sight from the circulation desk is extremely important to keeping the library open. This allows a single librarian to staff the entire library during non-peak hours, extending the hours of operation. Several libraries in the area have already been forced to cut their hours due to budgetary reasons.

of a main social space that brought the different groups together while also allowing for individual space that each of the diverse user groups could break off into. As budget cuts had already forced the Marina Branch Library and many of the other small branch libraries

to reduce their hours limiting the circulation desks to one location and keeping an open line of sight from it meant that the library could be staffed by a single librarian during non-peak hours. This brings together openness and separation and unifies the library.

Children Main Stacks Teens Adults Community

Circulation is focused around the central atrium space. Each user group has their own space, but the paths are interlinked to foster interaction and chance encounters.


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The Transit Towers serve as a connective gate for the South Lake Merritt and Civic Center District to the greater Oakland area. They are centered around many of the local attractions including Laney College, Lake Merritt, China town, and the famous farmers market. The site is a natural hub for transportation and movement with a BART station underneath and multiple bus lines converging on the surface. The n project combines ground level retail with residential towers organized around a large public plaza. This addresses many of the local needs by activating the ground plane, providing high density housing, space for the local Chinese 10T H ST community to practice Tai Chi, additional student oriented retail for the Laney College students, and additional parking for local businesses as well as dedicated parking for the residents. The apartments are designed with many environmentally conscious features incorporated. Interlocking groups of four through apartments 6T H ST are built as a repeatable element. The individual apartments are L shaped in section, which allows for through ventilation and access hallway to be placed every third floor, drastically cutting down on space wasted on corridors. The loft style sectional configuration creates a spatially rich environment for living while letting in large amounts of natural daylight. Large mechanical user controlled louvers allow for manipulation of both privacy and natural light control.

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[operable windows allow for through ventilation] [screens provide shade, privacy, and handrail when the window is open] [spacious living area] [two bedroom and two bath] [hallways located on every third floor maximizes apartment square footage] [active transformable building facade reflects speed and transit orientation]

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APARTMENT TYPE B


The Religare Institute was entered in the ACSA steel competition and is a center for the mind, body, social interaction, as well as laboratory work. The Neurobiological Research Center focuses on the interaction between an organism and its environment, the scientific counterpoint to the ReLigare’s emphasis on the spiritual and mental connection to nature and the city. The project was a collaborative effort with Lindsey

Newman and was a continuation of Zack Crocker’s project from the previous quarter. By integrating a mind/body relaxation center with a Neurobiological research center a dialog can be established between two related groups that are unlikely to communicate under normal circumstances. The project becomes a fluid molding of landscape and architecture, connecting the environment and the built form, integrating their relationships into one spatial

experience. The building seeks to blend with nature, blurring the line between interior and exterior space and where these exchanges take place. These hinge points become the focus of how form responds to nature and becomes a framework for interaction with nature, people, architecture and oneself. The site is dominated by a series of deep channels in the Earth that created a harsh division. These physical barriers begin to reflect


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PROCESS WORK the mental barriers between the two diverse and different user groups. The central spine of the project runs perpendicular to the channels and forms the interactive space between the Neurobiological Research Labs and the Religare Institute for social reciprocity between people and with the site. Circulation is organized so that people are brought together at specific nodes along the spine to foster social connections. Circulation also

integrates with the site to gradually transition people from the urban environment of San Diego to a more relaxed and meditative environment and allow for a focus on the mind, body, social interactions, or laboratory work. The buildings gradually rise out of the site, responding to the programmatic needs and character of the space. The Neurobiological research laboratories need for a degree of privacy while still remaining visible pushed them into the

ground to become an integrated part of the landscape. The more active public and social elements of the ReLigare pull it up and out of the channels to be put on display and serve as an icon. The program is further split into the more quite and meditative elements and the more active social spaces to form a social gradient along the spine.


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ROOF ASSEMBLY copper cladding waterproofing rigid insulation steel deck secondary girders c channel structure cupboards

EXTERIOR STRUCTURAL COLUMN INTERIOR STRUCTURAL COLUMN CURTAIN WALL SYSTEM aluminum mullions glass

FLOOR ASSEMBLY flat-plate concrete steel deck steel girder MEP space c channel structure wood slatted drop ceiling fluorescent light

CONCRETE FOUNDATION


The existing homeless shelter in San Obispo had become too small for number of people it had to serve. The complex is situated on a larger site

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will allow the center to takes advantage of the local climate and integrate environmentally responsive strategies into the building. South and West facing walls

are made of rammed earth to provide thermal mass thereby moderating the buildings temperature during the day by absorbing heat and then keeping them


warm at night by releasing the stored heat. Natural daylight is brought in through slits between the rammed earth walls to minimize the need for artificial lighting. Heat gain is moderated by large overhangs that allow the winter sun in while keeping

the summer sun out. Additionally, passive through ventilation is used extensively in all buildings. Fields where food would be grown are located behind the main complex of buildings. This allows the residents to give back to the shelter as well as help

feed the inhabitants. Bio-retention ponds are used on the site to help replenish the aquifer and filter the water run off from the street. The central courtyard forms the social space of the site for all of the residents to come together in.


DINING HALL

ADMIN BUILDING

WOMANS BUILDING

FAMILY BUILDING

MENS BUILDING


SOM INTERNSHIP


During my forth year I had the opportunity to intern with SOM. I worked on two different projects, the first in the schematic phase of design and the later in the construction documents phase.


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