PORTFOLIO I Robert Deacon 697 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 I robert.p.deacon(at)gmail.com I 202.412.8937
Montauk Residence Location: Size: Year: Status:
with Robert Young Architects
Montauk, NY 7,500 sq.ft. Main House / 2,500 sq.ft. Guest House 2011 - Present Under Construction
Program: The Clients sought to create a relaxing family retreat that would take advantage of the siteâ€™s waterfront location and provide a respite from the bustle of NYC. The site contains both a Main house and Guest house.. Design Approach: Through its massing and and considerable application of glazing, the design seeks to both visually and physically connect the houses with the site. These architectural gestures are reinforced through various indoor/outdoor spaces that blur the line between exterior and interior. The massing reflects the programmatic separation of public and private spaces, meeting the needs of a social but reserved family. A vernacular language of metal gabled roofs, and wood board siding was adopted to integrate the house with its immediate and historical context, while its contemporary massing and architectural detailing help to distinguish it from becoming an anachronism. The combination of the application of materiality, the simple detailing of the interiors, and extensive use of glazing impart a relaxing atmosphere that vacation home needed. The project is technicially ambitious; utliizing Passive House counstruction standards and details. The design incorporates such sustainable details as geothermal, cellulose insulation, air tight envelope, and a rainscreen.
exterior rendering 5
basswood and chipboard model
great room sketch
wall section detail WALL SECTION 1"=1'-0"
basswood and chipboard model
Bldg 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Location: Brooklyn, NY Size: 7,500 sq.ft. Main House Year: 2011 - Present Status: Built
Program: Building 92 serves as a visitor center and gateway to the new industrial park. The building will provide exhibition space showcasing the historical background of the Navy yYard, as well as office space and a multi use room. Design Approach: Throughout the project’s design a balance was sought between respect for the historical context and the creation of a contemporary node that demonstrated the site’s new future. While similar in massing, the new addition is starkly different in materiality and detailing. The dynamic relationship between the two masses created an interstitial space prime for the location of an entrance that fed off the open courtyard. The new addition utlized modular construction and local fabricators. From the corrugated siding to the Corten Steel panels, the materiality reflects the industrial nature of the site. The perforations of the steel sunscreen were created through modern CNC fabrication but displays an historical image of the Navy Yard; layering references to the site’s past and future. The project meets LEED Platinum status, and includes in the building’s design such features as a vegetated roof, geothermal heat exchange, and greywater recycling.
view of entrance gate & courtyard
entrance stairs and signage
view of entry
rear of building
Re:Vision Dallas Competition
Location: Dallas, TX Size: 442,000 sq.ft. Year: 2009 Status: Un-built
Program: Develop an architectural and economical strategy for reurbanizing downtown Dallas through the various applications and definitions of sustainability. Design Approach: The proposal calls for a new neighborhood that would be a nexus between already existing hubs of activity and encourage circulation through and to the area. The site is embedded with several anchors that create destination points within the site. Through this action the site becomes an epicenter of activity, rather than a conduit of flow. A green “artery” links the site with its surroundings and creates an active interior street. The initial form of the city block evolved out of sustainable and economic drivers. The two issues are resolved through the carving the blocks into “microblocks,” creating communities, shade, and higher density. These blocks are then eroded further through an operational technique informed by the movement of the sun, allowing light to filter to the center courtyards. The final form originates from the introduction of modular construction, which pixelizes the massing. The modular construciton provides for a comprehensive language across the site while allowing for an economical phased development model.
rendering of overall siteplan view of highrise volume
6 HOUR WINDOW DIRECT SUNLIGHT
MICRO-BLOCK EROSION DIAGRAM
SOLAR PANELS FALL/SPRING
UNIT COUNT: 80 UNIT SF: 1440
UNIT COUNT: 74 UNIT SF: 1150
UNIT COUNT: 120 UNIT SF: 725
UNIT COUNT: 148 UNIT SF: 380
LIVE/WORK UNIT COUNT: 96 UNIT SF: 550
SUMMER GREEN SPACE ROOF GARDEN SF: 17936 WINTER GARDEN SF: 30467 ARABLE SF: 48303
PANEL SF: 29557
eroded PARKING SPACES: 248
WINTER SOCIAL PROGRAM RETAIL / DINING COMMUNITY CENTER WELLNESS CENTER
DEVELOPMENT KEY unitized
view of highrise volume
view of micro-block
Educatorium Location: Philadelphia, PA Size: 7,500 sq.ft. Main House Year: 2006 Status: Unbuilt - Academic
Program: An institution of higher learning composed of Culinary, Art and Business schools. Design Approach: The institution is based upon a work/learn environment that seeks to create a effective educational model by mimicking the experiences of the professional environment. This unique characteristic of the program, mixing of the public and academic contexts, permeates the principle of the buildingâ€™s design. Theoretical Overview: This project explored the application of new spatial structures to familiar programs,with the intent of freeing the program from its traditonal relationships, and develop ingnew ideas about how a building successfully functions. New relationships are created by juxtapositions of different programs, further creating the potential for new relationships. The proposed design process is accomplished through the use of diagrams, providing the design process with a certain degree of freedom the rote application of typologies. In this new paradigm, adjacencies are not necessarly determined by similarity of function, but through considerartion of spatial, experiential, and contextual factors. These experiential needs can be reduced to a determination of potential interpersonal interactions.
view of N 3rd St entrance
BUILDING MORPHOLOGY PROGRAM CONCEPT DIAGRAM
BUILDING KEY DIAGRAM
culinary business bu sin es s culinary
Create Programmatic Anchors
N 3rd Street
N 4th Street
bu sin e
Relink Program Anchors
classroom culinary business
bu sin e culinary
Reinforce Programmatic Overlap
classroom studios instructional kitchen reading room/pinup space
view from classroom
Upper West Side Residence
Location: New York, NY Size: 1,200 sq.ft. Year: 2010 Status: Built
Program: The firm was commissioned to design a pied-a-terre that would serves as an urban vacation home for the clients. The main focus of the design was flexibility: the apartment had to successfully function as normal living space while capable of converting into a space that would allow for parties and show off their art collection. Design Approach: The project had two defining parameters that defined the design: a tight slab to slab ceiling condition, and a limited scope of work. The few walls that were removed maximized the apartmentâ€™s ability to expand its public areas in what was a limited space. This design approach coupled with pocketing doors and convertible furniture allowed the apartment to flow freely from space to space, accomodating the viewing of artwork and the mingling of guests. The projectâ€™s scope demanded the need for the high customization of millwork and specific detaling. Interlaced ceiling millwork panels allowed for the installation of lighting in a low ceiling while providing a sense of continuity and focus for the apartment.
rendering of dining room
URBANbuild Macro Location: New Orleans, LA Size: N/A Year: 2006 Status: Unbuilt - Academic
Program: To create a framework for the redevelopment of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Theoretical Overview: In post Katrina New Orleans, hard lessons can be learned. Even though continuing the development patterns of the past 100 years is looked favorably upon by many, Katrina provided the opportunity to create a new model by relocating to higher, dryer, ground. In order to facilitate this, a strategy which adopts and adapts contextual artifacts as means for future design is implemented. These artifacts affirm the city’s relationship with its geographical, cultural, and historical roots while allowing for a sustainable future. The new framework centers around a “cut and fill” strategy that relocates the population from low lying areas to higher ground while maintaining overall density levels. This shift requires higher density on the remaining lots, forcing the creation of a new typology. These new city blocks are structured around the historical lot sizes and existing urban fabric, infusing them with immediate relevance. The resulting neighborhood model has the capability of rolling out city wide.
CENTRAL CITY MISSISSIPPI RIVER
map of New Orleans showing flooding during Katrina
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Nexus Circumferential Radial Transitional Residential
Industrial Commercial Transitional Residential
generated block development key
Explorations Location: Varies Size: Varies Year: Ongoing Status: Varies
Overview: These exercises provide an outlet for creative pursuit while informing on my own architectural understanding. Whether it is at the scale of product design or building a house, these explorations have greatly impacted my architecture persective and knowledge craft. Through my own development of craft, I can hope to create gesamkunstwerks, where a project is integrated at all levels of design.
2. Prototype 1 for URBANbuild, student design/build program
1. Chair Design - completed during Cornell Study Abroad. Involved abetter understanding of human proportions and resolution with constructability. 2. URBANbuild Prototype 1 - Post Katrina student design/build program developing affordable housing solutions for the Gulf coast area. Involved in construction, from foundation to trim out. 3. Coffee Table - creative exercise to create an object that pairs masculine materiality with feminine imagery through the means of 3d software and fabrication. 4. Vase - creative exercise to create a vase whose form gives it flexibility to be used as both a singular flower vase or mutliple.
1. chair design
3. Cherry Blossom Steel Coffee Table
4. vase design
Professional and Academic Architecture portfolio