My name is Robert Kirkland II and throughout this portfolio, you will find some of the pieces of design that define me as architect and a creator. Through these projects, I was able to obtain a great deal of knowledge. this knowledge I have gained will not only help me through my continuous practice of my skills in architecture + design, but in my everyday decision making as well. Every discussion, experience, critique, and most importantly, mistake I have made has allowed for me to develop into what I am today.
THE CLOUD. Port Vell is one of the most used ports on Spainâ€™s coast. The parameters of this project were to create a building, landscape, or structure on the site that would replace an older. The proposal my partner (Jill De Pol) and I decided upon was to create a cloud like structure that gave the spectators a different experience compared to what was originally felt along the coast while maintaining other components such as providing new viewpoints of the beach, port, and surrounding landscape.
As a designer, one is expected to make changes in people lives. Whether it be through the spaces they create or the structure itself. The experience one creates can greatly enhance the work created and can lead to greater audiences wanting to inhabit.
Barcelona, Spain Miguel Roldan Spring 2017
The project began with the Study of the surrounding ports on the coast of Catalunya. My partner and I studied each port and decided upon what made each what it was. Whether that be greenery, activities, tourism, leisure and more. We then took that data then compared it to our port, Port Vell. With this information, we were able to see the connections and further understand the importance of our port on the coast. My partner and I also wanted to see the direct connections to the surrounding area. Such as the rail networks, the ports ships connections, and also the linking of airways. From this data, we were able to further understand the importance of our site and its networking.
To start, there were a few things that my partner and I knew we wanted to change about the existing site to help enhance the feel on the site. Those include the breaking of the current corridor impression on the site because the long narrow street with tall buildings, the connection of the existing buildings left on the site, and the changing of the topography to further aid the involvement of the userâ€™s emotions.
The cloud-like parti shows the concept of reflection. This idea involves the mirroring of the top and bottom pieces of the structure. While they would be mirror images of each other, they would have different experiences on each level. The above piece would be used as a standing roof structure and the lower half would be used as terraformed ground. The other parti shows tessellation of triangles. Using the triangle, the most stable form in nature, allows the elements to be oriented along three directions creating a structure reminiscent of a cloud. More concepts implemented include the blending of people for the diverse population because of port traffic and tourism, ventilation through the building and site, elevation of entry level, and viewpoints.
SITE REGARDING CATALUNYA
SITE REGARDING CATALUNYA
Jill Depol - Robert Kirkland / Clemson University / Undergraduate
The structure for the pool to the mezzanine level is provided by a large opening. It is meant to appear as if the concrete was cut, then pushed to the pool level to provide support. With the gesture, ventilation and sunlight are also elements that become more evident.
One of the main focuses of the project can be summarized into four elements and show how all four element flow and work together: sun (solar) providing energy for structure and use below and sunlight along with providing shadows changing the experience on the mezzanine level, wind providing air and ventilation through the site, water with use of pools, water interactive art, and mister for an astounding sensation, and earth with the changing of topography which provided structure for the mezzanine level and added to the feel while swimming.
FOLDED PLATE. The following project entails the use of folding a single sheet of paper to create a different element such as a folded plate. An element that conforms to its on structure. And a component that works with curved creases. This project gives a designer the ability to understand qualities of a single sheet of paper. While carrying out this project, one was asked to continually make multiple iterations in order to understand the importance of the process.
As a designer, it is important for one to perform multiple tests of your idea to fully develop your idea and to make sure to explore every aspect of the project to make sure you are touching every subject that the problem needs. The continuation of repetition leads to perfect execution. The extensive assessment can also reveal answers to other problems that werenâ€™t originally looked upon.
Clemson University Joseph Choma Fall 2015
This project called for countless iterations and a great deal of rigor. Performing the repetitions helped to grow my skill and craftsmanship and gave me a better understanding of the papers limitations with helped me branch off and create something unique because I had learned through process how to push those limits. I fell in love with this simplicity of folding paper yet elegant in look portrayed through all of the different components of the project.
BOOLEAN OPERATION. Boolean operations include the use of a form to subtract from other forms. The use of this method is used to carve away a solid form to create a new space based solely on the removal of the inner shapes. With this operation, one was able to create a two-platform structure for people to experience and move through. The site of this platform was located on a fictional cliff meant to look out on an imaginary landscape.
As a designer, people are faced with many restrictions in the real world. Rather it be something not being physically possible, or having to create something that fits within the clientâ€™s request, or even not having the money to create what we envision. But those limitations lead to more amazing breakthroughs that can be admired for its beauty.
Clemson University Joseph Choma Fall 2015
This project started with use of wireframe models in order to work freely and quickly. Those wireframes were then used to create a solid-void model help further understand the Boolean process. For my approach, I wanted to create a set of parameters and restrictions for myself while designing. I wanted to see what was possible with the use of only three shapes that rotated up in an almost dancing fashion. But along with that, they would intersect slightly, creating the Boolean operation but, with preciseness and control. I used this method to then create a two-platform structure add on this technique. These limitations that I led out for myself lead to rigorous test to try to figure out how to go about creating such form with a defined program. I kept the some of the â€œchainsâ€? but made sure that I would
RESTURUANTE DE QUERETARO. The study of urban context was a large focus for the junior semester. Understanding what is happening around the site, the culture of the area and its history, along with whatâ€™s going on within the actual site are all pieces that are critical to the success of proposal. This project called for a pop-up restaurant that had the ability to change (whether that be the building itself or use. I chose the latter). It was located on a site within a block not visible from the street front in QuerĂŠtaro, Mexico.
As designers, we should be able to adjust to change be able to. The project or use of the project and site may change frequently so sometimes it can be of use to plan and adjust for improvements to the site or to the surrounding buildings so that structure will be able to adjust to the transformation.
Queretaro, Mexico Tim Brown Fall 2016
Location | Queretaro, Mexico
During the project, there was a big shift. With deeper research, i felt that the experiencers shouldnâ€™t be left on this long journey to the site but instead should run into the space immediately after the tunnel break. And then use the rest of the site to enhance the idea of uncovering layers and layers of hidden spaces as the movement through the site. building transition
A piece I drew large Inspiration from was the courtyard of Lee Hall of Clemson, South Carolina. The way the courtyard is interacted with, you go straight through it or you can go around it. I used this help the flow of people through the site so that no one was forced to go one direction by was provided with options of more experience that could be avoided if not desired.
BICEFS LABORATORY. The bicefs laboratory was project was one that was meant to__ The focus of the design approach was to create and enhance the site unique We saw this project not as a 9000 square foot lab, but instead as a 16,000-acre lab. Our proposal extends the lab space, figuratively and literally, past the boundaries of the walls. We view the 16,000 of the Hobcaw Barony acres as our lab, and our building as the hub.
As a designer, one has to be able to make connections in order to give an order and flow to whatâ€™s being created. For example, an architect should study the surrounding site and area the answer they create should be able to link and touch those areas as well as the site to create a more cohesive project.
Georgetown, South Carolina Dustin Albright Fall 2017
Material transparency and connection to the site were both very important in creating this collaborative environment. Furthermore, we have aligned the interior structure with the exterior vegetation to continuously direct the occupantsâ€™ eye outward towards this research landscape. The building design itself is meant interact with the current structures on the site through the new buildingâ€™s alignment and the areas formed in between them.
areas of collaboration
dirty vs clean lab
The new building is practically divided into “dirty work” and “clean work environments.” The back-of- house and dirty work spaces are designed to facilitate researchers coming and going between this hub and the larger Hobcaw property.
west elevation interior rendering
MEMBRANE COVER BOARD RIGID INSULATION (3" THICK)
3 PLY CLT PANEL
(4 41" THICK)
BLOCKING CANT STRIP TAPERED INSULATION
GLUE LAM STRUCTURAL BEAM WINDOW SILL
3 PLY CLT PANEL (4 41" THICK) WEATHER BARRIER COPING DRIP EDGE
RIGID INSULATION (2" THICK)
SILL CLIP TRIPLE GLAZED WINDOW FURRING GYPSUM WALL BOARD CANT STRIP
VERTICAL FURRING STRIP
FASCIA BOARD METAL FASCIA CAP DRIP EDGE
CONCRETE FLOOR BLOCKING
THRU WALL FLASHING
5 PLY CLT PANEL
HEAD GLASS STOP INTERIOR GLAZING GASKET TRIPLE GLAZED WINDOW
GLASS STOP SILL
INTERIOR GLAZING GASKET SILL TRAY BLOCKING
FURRING GYPSUM WALL BOARD
With the help of CLT panels and glulam beams, the structure was meant to be a mostly wooden structure. With the use of the CLT panels, construction time on the site would be reduced significantly. Which would lead to less disruption for the wildlife that was apart of site, along with the surrounding areas.
FASCIA BOARD METAL FASCIA CAP DRIP EDGE
DRAIN PIPE CONCRETE FLOOR (6" THICK) TRIPLE GLAZED CURTAIN WALL
SILL ANCHOR CLIP
2" OF RIGID PERIMETER INSULATION 6" OF GRAVEL
conditioning | clean lab
The following pages will be a contain a composition of works created in my free time. A number of the works are concept ideas for a graphic design composition. Other works are worksheets for the plans of organizations. They are made up but show an in-depth work and thought process. The works shown were created in adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to be more specific.
As a designer, having an active mind that will continue to produce artistic works and produce beautifully crafted pieces is crucial to oneâ€™s success. Being imaginative and inspired helps to make the designer to stay on edge. Also, having the mind to create makes producing work much more enjoyable and less of a task.
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Music attributes to a large factor into inspiring someone to create. It helps to set a creative mood and, in most situations, it can make the imaginative thought process flow easier. Which is part of the reason why I dedicate the time I have to creating art for music.
Lancaster High School
Barcelona School of Architecture (BAC)
2216 Green Peach Road Lancaster, SC 29720 firstname.lastname@example.org 803.288.0142
graduated with a 4.5 GPA and 25th of 300 Bachelors of Arts - Architecture Minor in Digital Production Arts study abroad
Achievements + Awards. 2015
Alpha Rho Chi of Clemson University (APX)
Federal Pell Grant
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
founding class member
Beta Club Digital Production Arts
IPTAY Academic Scholarship
Clemson Undergraduate Portfolio