SAMUEL WILLIAMS Selected Works
â€œThe artistic dimension in a work of art does not lie in the actual physical thing; it exists only in the consciousness of the person experiencing it.â€?
INFORMED BY THE LAND
FIELD OF COMMUNICATION 17
YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER 37
INFORMED BY THE LAND Graduate Year 1 Advanced Studio 2 Critics: Carl Abbott, Nancy Clark
RESIDENTIAL HOUSING The project idea approaches elements of light, proximity, land and water that began to define the proportions of its architecture. This high-end multi family housing developement is elevated above the city of Sarasota, Florida and sits on a large linear site bordered upon a causeway, surrounded by water on three sides. The site holds a triangular building construct entailing 600 living units, parking, roof gardens, and recreational areas. It is of the essence to perceive such a place as a benefit to the individual and the working community.
Site Plan 1. Residential Entrance 2. Guest Parking 3. Stepping Garden 4. Sport Leisure 5. Boating Docks 6. Neighboring Pools 7. Volleyball Courts 8. Private Tennis Courts 9. Private Basketball Court
7 8 1 9
Living Unit Skin Variations
Unit Plan: Townhouse First Floor
EMERALD BRAID Graduate Year 2 Advanced Studio 3 Group Partners: Jason Bond, Jourdona Lafate Critics: Martin Gold, Plum Creek
AGRI_URBANISM The Emerald Braid was developed around urban cores that are connected through a braid of recreational green space, productive landscapes, and residential communities. The development footprint is about 1000 acres to the east of the wetlands. It is organized as a linear corridor that is carved out of the existing site conditions.
1. Green corridor with urban cores and agriculture plugged into one side
2. Alternating urban cores and agriculture on both sides of green corridor
3. Adaptation into site and â€˜braidingâ€™ green corridor into urban cores
Major Roads Secondary Roads Local Roads
Research/ Manufacturing High Density Civic/ Education Medium Density Row Housing Single Housing Recreational Agriculture
Site Strategies: 1. Preserve Wetland/Widlife Corridor 2. Create continuous green buffer with recreational space and agriculture 3. Adapt to existing site conditions 4. Separate urban cores for more access to nature 5. Provide wide range of housing options 6. Composing for fertilizer 7. Stormwater catchment for irrigation
AGRICULTURAL LANDS 550 acres URBAN CORE 154 acres RESIDENTIAL CORE 127 acres MANUFACTURING CORE 162 acres RECREATIONAL PARKS 120 acres Total Development: 1113 acres
Detail Site Plan
FIELD OF COMMUNICATION Graduate Year 2 Advanced Studio 3 Critic: Martin Gold, Plum Creek
Site Plan 1. Reading Facility 2. Public Lawn 3. Forest Parking
Santa Fe Lake
Locality Project Location
Reading Container 301
Greenscape Newnans Lake
PUBLIC LIBRARY The idea of a civic reading facility promotes knowledge, integrates beneficial communication and networks with communities that strive for a social and cultural understanding. But why design a public library for a community of 22,000 individuals or more? Research has shown if people appreciate the design of a library and its environment, they are most likely to spend time in it, studying, reading, and learning. Topography
The role of a library grants access to a database that consists of books, historic and current, along with a digital library that is synonymous to the future in global communication. In other words, it is a place of organization that displays and maintains sources for the general public to reference on a daily basis, allowing the client to present itself as both the community and the user.
1 Ground Floor Reference/ Study / Lounge Gallery Cafe Study
2 First Floor Library/ Study Classroom/ Seminar Terrace Study
Umbrella Panel Roof
Gallery Skin Terrace
Detail North Section: I-Beam Construction
I-Beam Construct Experience: First Floor
NATATORIUM Graduate Year 1 Advanced Studio 1 Critic: Stephen Belton
Master Plan 1. Recreational 2. Tennis Courts 3. Natatorium 4. Industry 5. Residentail/ Retail
CREATIVE VILLAGE CENTROPLEX The systemic idea of how the program defines street edge is investigated by reconstructing entrance, geometric enclosure and placement of vegetation. The siteâ€™s foundation is cross grained, illustrating a diagonal access to the Paramore district and downtown area of Orlando. The projectâ€™s idea is represented through dwelling within a field of urban public space, suggesting a transistion from renewed outdoor recreational facilities to retail and residential placements. Public space activates plaza into being part of a density that is controlled by pedestrian movement, stationary water experiences, and exterior canopies given a specific geometry.
Reinvention of Street Grid
Process of Extrusion
1 Ground Floor 1. Entrance Lobby 2. Reception 3. Fitness Gym Entrance 4. Wet Entrance 5. Olympic Swimming 6. Diving Pool 7. Smaller Pool & Spa 8. Seating 9. Public Restrooms 10. Mens Locker Room 11. Womens Locker Room 12. Cafe
2 First Floor 1. Offices 2. Unisex Bathrooms 3. Public Restrooms 4. Massage Therapy Room 5. Additional Cardio & Weight Room 6. Conferance Room
Structural Span Width: 230’ Depth 6-8’
Container for Artificial Lighting
YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER Undergraduate Year 4 Architectural Design 7 Partner: Sami Gerwick Critic: Alfonso Perez-Mendez
NEW YORK CITY, CLINTON PARK The “Manhattan block” is verified as the site and its usage to construct on employs the idea of producing architectural scale related to dwelling in the city. The threshold experience or primary implication of the design project is identified, meaning there’s a purpose of approaching the complex pertaining to its relationship to the city.
What the design project expresses in the first stage of consciousness is the programâ€™s form, developing a number of objects or modules of purpose to be arranged on the site. There are five modules arranged in an oval sequence within the site, surrounding a large open space in the middle. This particular design implies to the program of a community center. Furthermore, the centered space expresses ideas of public gathering, recreation, commerce, and education.
Area in direct sunlight between 1:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Total Interior Construction 716,000 sqf.
Total Exterior Public Space 60,300 sqf.
Residential Density 80 Dwellings / Acre
Urban Intensity Max/Min 6/2
Number of Attractors 3
Community Center Site Plan
1. School/Daycare 2. Public Housing 3. Fitness Center 4. Gyms 5. Running Track
The development of â€œconsciousnessâ€? in an architectural project relates to experiencing spatial objects within a constructive program of its design, giving existence to artistic expression that is valued by collective ideas, beliefs and dispositions of the design proposal.
READING THRESHOLD Undergraduate Year 3 Advance Digital Architecture Critic: Ruth Run
FAC BUILDING: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Transferring a two dimensional surface to a three-dimensional occupation establishes a juxtaposition between function and structure. In relation to intellectual form the composed entity consist of an integument or formidable system, meaning that the main idea of the design project is to provide an external covering for an outside reading area and bike racks. The reading and bike areas become substances experienced within the labyrinth as a process for material making and geometric aesthetics.
DREAM HOTEL Undergraduate Year 4 Architectural Design 7 Partner: Sami Gerwick Critic: Alfonso Perez-Mendez
NEW YORK CITY, BROADWAY A place of ingress relates to a hotels beginning of program. Inserting the activity of 55th and Broadway directly into the ingress of a hotel enables the public space to create a synapse between street jargon and gathering. Moreover, the hotelâ€™s architectural purpose is to communicate the same activity as Broadway establishing a large public space to bring the people of Manhattan together.
A sociological section of the hotel calls for multiple approaches and layers to successfully communicate to all the constituent parts that make up the program. How one views the city from the interior is secondary to understanding the city experience with the hotel. Thus, it involves knowing how humans perceive a hotel before stepping foot in the lobby, or entering their rooms.
The Paradox of the hotel exists in buildings whose sole purpose is to enable its inhabitants to isolate themselves. The hierarchy of spaces through a procession of experiences enables individuals to network even before reaching their room. This is achieved through the use of â€œpodsâ€? that act as common spaces between a localization of rooms within the building.
Skin Organic Stratification Columns
â€œArchitecture constructs itself with the bases of elements that hold it all together compositionally.â€?