Samuel Walusimbi Portfolio
Samuel Walusimbi Portfolio
URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MUSIC SCHOOL EXTENSION
Mission Hill, Boston
Jamaica Pond, Boston
West End, Boston
URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Location: Mission Hill, Boston Professor : Manuel Delgado Class Level: 4th Year, 2012 Medium: Revit, SketchUp, AutoCad, Photoshop, InDesign
The project is a proposal for low income housing in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston. Aiming to question the role of housing in the city; a housing program alone can no longer energize a low income neighborhood and as such an aggregation of programs and services is proposed.
The project combines living with commercial work space on the street level and a public recreational space on the roof level.
Circulation is thus separated into two; one offers public access through the building and the second private access for the residents.
For such a public oriented project, circulation is very important as a mediating element between the public and the private realms.
The private circulation is the organizational core of the building along which the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry services are placed.
concept models / mixed media
Public Roof Garden
Resident Communal Spaces
exploded concept digram
2 bedroom unit
above: left to right_ 1st floor 2nd floor 3rd floor across: 3rd floor_typical unit
To protect and respect privacy, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are accessed only by the residents. They include communal spaces; fitness, media, and reading.
above: longitudinal section
Public spaces include; parking, the 1st floor which is used for commercial purposes and the roof garden. The roof garden offers views to the city and allows opportunity for chance encounters.
above: west elevation opposite: east elevation
above: model_ western street view below: model_ roof garden view
model_eastern aerial view
roof garden view
MUSIC SCHOOL EXTENSION
Location: Kleistpark, Berlin, Germany Professor: Mathias Lohmann Class Level: 4th Year, 2012 Medium: Autocad, Photoshop
The project is envisioned as a place of refuge away from the busy city life that celebrates the performance of music. The site conditions of the wall of buildings around the park are translated into the wall that wraps around the music school extension. Another site condition that is translated is that of the existing
schools angle which the wall is oriented as well as the main circulatory stair of the interior organization of the project. In relation to the performance of music, the movement toward the music hall is choreographed with various materials intended to prepare one for the music. Stone mulch
moves from the city towards the building and cedar wood cladding provides not only a natural smell but also performs as a weathering agent as the building ages overtime.
concept sketch / pen on paper, color pencil
The site conditions of the wall of buildings around the park are translated into the wall that wraps around the music school extension and the angle of the wall relates to the angle of the existing music school.
ground floor 8
1. Stage 2. Music Hall 3. Lobby 4. Chair Storage Space 5. Backstage 6. Gallery
7. Front Desk 13. Corridor Connection 8. Entrance 9. Outdoor Deck 10. Classes 11. Mechanical Room 12. Bathrooms
ribbed metal sheeting
polished screed floor
cedar wood cladding
plywood veneer insulating tripple glazing timber flooring
stone mulch reinforced concrete slab
facade section detail
1. 100mm insulation 2. Raised floor stilt 3. Truss
4. Dry wall gypsum 5. Polished precast concrete 6. LED lighting element
7. 3cm wood railing 8. Plywood veneer 9. Reinforced concrete slab
Location: Jamaica Pond, Boston Professor : Seth Hoffman Class Level: 3rd Year, 2011 Medium: AutoCad, Photoshop, SketchUp
The project is developed to bring natural elements of the landscape into the experience of learning. As such the interior organization of the school reflects the exterior natural elements of the hills, tree canopies and free flowing paths. By juxtapositioning the bar like form with the field of programs , a variety
of experiences is created within the school. Each class is organized around an interior garden which the children can observe as the natural elements within it change. The garden is also a mediating and transitional space that enlivens the schools corriodors. Classes K-1 to K-4 are ad-
ministered the inner garden to provide protection while the older children, K-5 to K-6 are given the classes next to the outer garden with views to the pond.
above : concept sketch /pen on paper opposite : concept models / mixed media
MEDIA ROOM LIBRARY
Each class is organized around an interior garden which the children can observe as the natural elements within it change. The garden is also a mediating and transitional space that enlivens the schools corriodors.
above : interior garden view opposite : exterior school view
west end, 1958
west end, 1960
IMMIGRANT HOSTEL : A THEATER OF MEMORY Location: West End, Boston Thesis Advisor : Marc Neveu Class Level: 5th Year, 2013 Medium: Graphite, Yellow trace paper
The last decade or witnessed a sharp interest in cities, technology and the environment. This interest was due to factors like high population growth which had new demands that cities had to meet. This rise of cities was of course only slowed down, perhaps momentarily, by the economic collapse of 2008, but as a result, architectureâ€™s responsibility towards the urban environment increased. With such awareness, questions inevitably arose; How was architecture to plan for such population growth? What kind of cities would architecture make? Conversely, and perhaps less recognized was
the question of how architecture should record, remember and document the old cities that it was displacing? The latter question has far too often been ignored by architects and planners. In the planning of new cities, where do the inhabitants of the old cities live after new cities arise? What buildings should be removed and which ones should stay? Do the inhabitants of these old cities have a voice in the new city planning or do the planners know best? Between the fall of 1958 and 1960, the West End of Boston was razed during urban re-
newal. This action displaced 12,000 immigrants from their homes and left behind little to no physical trace of what was the West End. In light of such events, architectural planning was seen as a destructive force capable of erasing, uprooting and displacing cultural collective memories. But is there a mirror image to such unfortunate events? Can architecture re-construct what it has erased? Is it possible to construct new histories for places without memories?
CHARLES STREET JAIL 1971
excerpt from italo calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’
IRISH WING: 1796
REDACTED TIME-LINE The Irish Wing, originally known as the North Wing, was first of the four wings to be built in the Hostelâ€™s inception. Built in 1796, the North Wing housed Irish immigrants who were the first wave of immigrants to arrive in the West End.
HISTORICAL TIME-LINE Upon closure of the Hostel in 1851, the Wing was transformed into the Female Prisoners Wing. The female wing had 32 prison cells, each 8â€™ x 10â€™ and rose up to four stories.
PROJECTED TIME-LINE The wing is to be reconstructed as the Irish Wing because of its Irish occupants. It is to rise four stories high and its 32 prison cells are to be transformed into 32 Memory rooms: all 8â€™ x 10â€™ in dimension. The wing is to exhibit Irish immigrant stories.
MEMORY CUBE: 1818
OBSERVATION TOWER: 1822
â€œThe destructive character... has a few needs, and the least of them is to know what will replace what has been destroyed... the place where the thing stood or the victim livedâ€? -Walter Benjamin
Location: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Publication : Wentworth Architecture Review [WAr]/ Vol.2 + Vol.3 Class Level: 3rd + 4th Year, 2011 - 2012 Position: Chief Editor
The Wentworth Architecture Review [WAr] journal is an independent student run publication for Wentworth Institute of Technology. Started in 2010, it was meant to showcase and promote architectural works, thoughts and proposals made by the architecture students.
Each volume focuses on a theme; volume two questioned the role of ‘image’ in architecture while volume three aimed to question what the notion of ‘build’ means to architecture. Since its inception it has been recognized by the institute as one of the leading
publications that the school has to offer. It received the
Best club at Wentworth Institute of technology award in the
spring of 2011.
Location: Boston Society of Architects, Boston Team : Wentworth Architecture Review [WAr] Class Level: 5th Year, 2013 Role: Curatorial Editor
To launch the third volume of the Wentworth Architecture Review [WAr] independent student run publication, an exhibition was arranged and organized at the Boston Society of Architects building. The theme for volume three was the notion of what it
means to â€˜BUILDâ€™. The exhibition thus exhibited the best student work that explored the idea of build. Many guests showed up including various architects and designers from the Boston area, faculty and alumni from Wentworth, parents and well wishers.
The Wentworth Architecture review team that helped organize the event included, James White, Lucy Brown, Joseph Muecci, Samantha Altieri, Samantha Partington, Ryan Kahen, Liem Than Steven Hein and myself.