SARAH PALMER | UNDERGRADUATE DESIGN PORTFOLIO
â€œThe aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.â€œ
Arm + Hinge 2 Baltimoreâ€™s Movement Maker 10 Light Core 16 Old + New 20 Cut + Bend 26 Digital Market 28 Sound Screen 34 Organized Chaos 36 Stripe Mine Restoration 38 Resume 40
ARM + HINGE ST. 14 APARTMENTS Fall 2015 | ARCH402 | E. Northen St. 14 Apartments, located directly west of the historic Logan Circle (derived from L’Enfant’s plan), forms from two concepts taken from the site. The first concept, “arm”, is the move of creating a protected courtyard within the site by bending the unit volume. The idea of this protected courtyard is inspired by the way Logan Circle is protected from the urban chaos by the historic volumes outlining the serene space. Another move take from the surrounding context is “hinge”. This area is literally the hinge between a developing commercial zone and the sacred historic node of Logan Circle, and the site is in the midst of the transition between these two atmospheres. Where the unit “arm” bends, the “hinge” occurs and frames the move while literally connecting the pieces together. This space is used as a gathering area for residents. Both of these forms rise to protect the courtyard even more, while allowing commercial space below.
Arm Bend = Courtyard
Approach from Rhode Island Ave.
Site + Analysis
Key 1 Studio 2 Commercial 3 Lobby 4 One Bedroom 5 Courtyard 6 Community “Hinge” 7 Penthouse
Courtyard Section Perspective + Pulled Elevation
Approach from P. Street
One Bedroom Plan + Axon
Studio Plan + Axon
Community “Hinge” Experience
BALTIMORE’S MOVEMENT MAKER Spring 2016 | ARCH403 | J. Tilghman Lazaretto Point is a unique space in Baltimore because it is a destination and the connector that ties the harbor’s boundary. The site itself is marked with scars from industry throughout time- the Lehigh Cement Silos, I-95 Tunnel below, and Coal Shipment Facility to the east. The master plan describes an approach to healing the land from these scars, as well as healing the users of the space with park design for movement. Gateway Park incorporates the Harbor Line which is a raised boardwalk that links this destination to newly redeveloped piers and Canton Park to the north. The Movement Maker is placed literally on Lazaretto’s point. The idea of healing and movement continues with the program of this building, becoming a kinesthetic institute where movement is created and displayed. The nature of the program influences the form to become three distinct forms- the Exhibition Core being grounded on the land, Threshold Bridge, and the Movement Maker projecting onto the harbor and housing dance studios and learning spaces. The form for both of these primary objects takes inspiration from freeze frame images of dancers, where the motion is described in means of gravity. The parabolic spacing between moves carries through the building where the spacing between parts embodies both fast and slow spacing.
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Awarded Second Place in the 2016 UMD Architecture Senior Design Competition Masterplan + Site
PROGRAM KEY: 1. MOVEMENT MAKER 2. INFORMAL AMPHITHEATER 3. MARSH 4. LAKE AND RIVER 5. PARKING 6. MEADOW 7. PIER OVERLOOK ABOVE I895 TUNNEL 8. CLINIC AND THERAPY FACILITIES 9. LIGHTHOUSE AND WATER TAXI 10. AQUATIC ECONOMY PORT 11. PARK ENTRY 12. LEHIGH SILOS 13. HARBOR LINE 14. WELCOME CENTER 15. I95 TRANSPORTATION BUILDING 16 WATERFRONT MARKET AND PLAZA 17. FORT MCHENRY
Approach from Rhode Island Ave.
PROGRAM KEY: 1. ENTRY 2. CAFE 3. RETAIL 4. EXHIBITION 5. MAKER SPACE 6. LECTURE 7. AMPHITHEATER 8. BRIDGE
Amphitheater + Elevation Experience
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Section through Exhibition and Maker Space
FROSTED GLAZING GLAZING
Facade Plan Detail
15' - 0"
DOOR TO RETAIL
CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB
PERIMETER DRAIN SYSTEM 3' - 0"
9' - 0"
EXISTING INDUSTRIAL CONCRETE FOUNDATION
Wall Section Detail
Movement Maker Experience
Park Experience + Process
LIGHT CORE Spring 2016 | ARCH403 | J. Tilghman The Light Core, an urban landmark located at Fort McHenry acts as the beacon to Baltimore. Conceptually, the form is comprised of a simple arrangement of two concaved plans that act as the skin to the tower, and a central light core that binds the skin together and radiates a glow within and towards the Inner Harbor. The skin based on land is constructed from a sturdy and elegant white concrete with slot windows, while the skin that dips into the water is a silver steel that has a engraved exterior triangular array to reflect the light from the water. Only at the top of the tower allows maximum, 360 views to the entire city.
The Light Core, a urban landmark located at Fort McHen acts as the beacon to Baltimore. Conceptually, the form is comprised of a simple arrangement of two concaved plans that act as the skin to the tower, and a central light core that binds the skin together and radiates a glow within and towards the Inner Harbor. A driving theme originating from the site is contrast, and this idea is applied to the two plans of skin. The skin based on land is contructed from a surdy and elegant white concrete with slot windows, while the skin that dips into the water is a silver steel that has a engraved exterior triangular array to reflect the light from the water. The interior of the skin also acts to reflect the light from the core. The skin separates to allow views both towards the fort and harbor. Only at the top of the tower allows maximum, 360 view s to the entire city.
(Your Board Here)
plan 1” = 100’
on 1/16” = 1’
(STUDENT SarahNAME) Palmer
Aerial + Form Process
Approach Experience 19
OLD + NEW Fall 2015 | ARCH402 | J. Winters Mount Vernon, Baltimore is an energy-filled and historically vibrant neighborhood. With its close proximity to the Inner Harbor and landmarks like The Walters Art Museum and Peabody Institute, it is an ideal place to people to gather and enjoy the best of Baltimore. The Baltimore Center for Diverse Dialogue (BCDD), located at 909 Charles St. will serve as a common meeting facility and forum for Baltimoreâ€™s ongoing discussions on equality and improving quality of life for all city residents. Program includes reception, exhibit space, and a community studio on the first floor; large event space and meeting rooms on the second floor; staff offices and roof access on the third floor.
The BCDD is designed with the integration of a row home existing on the site and a contemporary arrangement of volumes between the existing building and the LaTrobe building adjacent on the south. The main circulation creates an interstitial space between the old and new experience, while the stair ties the two together. Elevation
Stair Ties Old + New
Approach from N. Charles St.
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1 Reception 2 Exhibit 3 Community Studio 4 Large Event Space 5 Offices 6 Roof Garden
Large Event Experience
CUT + BEND 11TH ST. BRIDGE PARK Spring 2015 | ARCH470 | B. White Following is proposed design for a bridge park located on 11th St. in Washington D.C. The design of the bridge park is a simple method of cutting the bridge span area, then bending and creating flaps to make a space for the indoor education center and gallery wall along the main circulation path over the bridge. Section
Aerial Cut Line
Exterior Night Perspective
DIGITAL MARKET Spring 2015 | ARCH401 | J. Winters This site is just north of H Street, an upcoming and developing node in downtown Washington DC. The site is unique by acting as a “corner” to the busy streets that connect to Union Station. Union Station is the pinnacle of connection of the whole northeast region from Baltimore to New York to the capital. What defines a market? The simple answer would be an exchange of goods and ideas. This definition is transferable to today’s digital world. Technology is a tool to bridge commercial to consumer, news and media, and connects people virtually while in separate location. This project explores how to take this intangible connection between goods, ideas, and people into a tangible and physical space.
Digital “Ribbon” Process
During site analysis and program brainstorming. The conceptual model morphed into a building skeleton where there was a set architectural language of the frame and hinge that was guided by program and site attitude. There were a variety of model iterations that took place, design changes to note is the shift to address the site corner condition, introduction of point and line in structural member, and the development of the ribbon screen from an ornament to a space maker and force.
31 Exterior Night Perspective
Investigating how to layer space with point, line, and plane, was the form making strategy. Conceptual models where create created prior and during site analysis and program brainstorming. The models range from techniques of laying planes of consistent dimension and positioning them orthogonally, angled, and curved. Tectonic strategies started as intersection and ended as a framing method where a shape was cut from a plane to create a frame and then hinged to the frame for visual connection. The strategy in creating the actual space was looking at a fractal image and spatially projecting from the image. The fractal image was a success to create the space because it naturally layers space on the graph with its play in the dense finite value and graph-like pattern of the infinite values.
SOUND SCREEN Spring 2015 | ARCH470 | B. White The Sound Screen is a system of triangular wooden panels that have either perforations or vegetation containers to absorb sound. The angle of the triangular panels allow sound to pass through the space. This system is adoptable in any space, on this site it separates a loud urban road and a quiet park. The intention for this project was exploration in Grasshopper as a digital modeling tool. Box
ORGANIZED CHAOS Spring 2015 | ARCH401 | J. Winters The Blades Residence, sited in Santa Barbara CA, was designed my Thom Mayne and Morphosis in 1993. The house is a play of form with secondary function. In this project, the precedent is dissected by analyzing the moves made by the architect then synthesizing the outcomes of these moves to another scenario. One method Morphosis uses in their design process is Drodels: one half model and one half drawing. In order to synthesis this process along with the â€œorganized chaosâ€? created in their spaces, my own original Drodel were created in investigate how to implement chaos or order to contemporary paintings.
Constructed Section Perspective with Elemants
ANALYSIS + SPECULATION STRIP MINE RESTORATION Winter Internship 2016 | Cannon Design, Baltimore MD
ARCHITECTURE STUDENT ASSEMBLY | Senior Representative + Administrator Elected position. Responsibilities include facilitating communication between students, faculty, administration, and student organizations. Important element to this position is attending monthly faculty meetings and representing the student population of the school.
DEAN’S STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD | Student Leader Monthly meetings with the Dean and other student leaders to resolve issues within the school and to cultivate a healthy community between all the different school organizations.
BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE | University of Maryland, College Park Sustainability Studies Minor Awarded Semester Academic Honors
STUDIO CULTURE COMMITTEE | Student Representative Role included facilitating the election, training, and establishment of studio ombudspersons who are the initial contacts when studio disputes arise.
ARCHITECT TECH INTERN | CannonDesign, Baltimore Designer for an interactive gallery wall installation. Worked on a variety of health care and higher educational projects.
STUDIO | Drafting, Freehand Drawing (ink, graphite, charcoal), Modeling (freehand, lasercut, Makerbot 3D Printing), Watercolor, Diagramming, Graphic Design, Time Management, Presentation, Communication, Organization SOFTWARE | Revit, Google SketchUp, Rhino, V-Ray, Grasshopper, AutoCad, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) SUSTAINABILITY | LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Council Member
EDUCATION Spring 2016
EMPLOYMENT Summer 2015
BRIDGE DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION | UMD Center for Young Children Project included the design, documentation, and construction for a children’s bridge. Team of 12 students and collaborated with the Landscape Architecture Department.
MARKETING INTERN + GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Gold Medal Physical Therapy, Bel Air Projects ranged from logos, rack cards, and brochures. Presented design work with clients.
STUDENT TECHNICIAN | UMD Instructional Facilities Duties included teaching university professors how to use the classroom technology as well as responding when issues arise. Head contact office for campus wide technology departments. Approximately 20 hours/week throughout the academic semester.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA SUMMER MISSION | Campus Crusade for Christ Six-week mission trip to Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne. Worked with Aussie students and local churches to foster ministry growth. Involved raising over $6,500 in financial support.
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND SUMMER PROJECT | Campus Crusade for Christ Ten-week summer project which involved working with the international students, the local community, and church ministries in the area. Involved raising $3,000.00 in financial support.
BUSINESS OFFICE ASSISTANT | University Book Center Built communication and administrative skills through customer service, collaborating with vendors, and managing financial documentation.
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