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S A R A H E D WA R D S architecture portfolio 2010 - 2014


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CONTENTS Contact Info

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Elevating Calumet

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Chinatown Public Library

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Red Hook

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Roller Derby Arena

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Baltimore Spire

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Masonic Lodge

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A Moment For Pause

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School of Music

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Evanston Farmhouse

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Curriculum Vitae

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GRADUATE

UNDERGRADUATE

PROFESSIONAL


WETLAND habitats

INDUSTRIAL in-between

LAKE CALUMET 5 6


E L E V A T I N G C A L U M E T : Reconciling Wetland Habitats + Industry Location: Instution: Year: Critics:

Lake Calumet , Chicago, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) GRADUATE/ Spring 2014 Mary English, Martin Klaeschen

Lake Calumet is a remarkable landscape of extremes: valuable wetland habitats amongst immense fields of industry. This project attempts to reconcile the in-between areas formed by these conflicting circumstances by identifying vacant sites and buildings that exhibit a potential to be linked into a broader “green network” within the landscape through remediation efforts. The existence of this landscape in the urban periphery is typical of the industrial city where its occupants ship goods and waste to the surrounding urban context – these vast areas in flux that are no longer activated as they once were – and, therefore, become blighted areas that are byproducts of the dense urban core. The thesis idea at hand was to reinvigorate Lake Calumet in a way where this degrading process of polluting the urban fringe is no longer ignored, but instead activated by the architectural and allows industry to persist in a way that biologically transforms the land to its pre-settlement typology (prairie, wetland, sand dunes, shrub land, etc.) The visionary landscape intended by this response would transform the Calumet region from industrial wasteland to a network of green and open spaces. This would allow the area’s most significant wetland to once again be inhabited and thought about as a holistic ecosystem, and connected through a circulation network. Phased programming would allow for research and cultivation to be an experimental process where environmental science and industry converge at a pivotal region and era, becoming a precedent for future remediation efforts in Chicago and beyond.


Visionary Landscape Plan

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SETTLEMENT LANDSCAPE

Program

+ offices research research labs +labsoffices 26,000 SQ FT + 40,000 SQ FTSQ FT 10,0000

conference + banquet conference + banquet space space 25,000 SQ FT 25,000 SQ FT

Museum of Environmental Museum of Environmental Science + Industry Science + Industry 18,000 SQ FT 30,000 SQ FT

large-scale experimental large-scale experimental grow space grow space 25,000 SQ 25,000ST SQ FT

vertical + winter gardens 18,000 SQ vertical FT + winter gardens 18,000 SQ FT experimental gardens++ expirimental gardens aquaculture aquaculture 40,000 SQ FT + 7,500 SQ FT SQ FT

PRESENT DAY LANDSCAPE/ 40,000 HARDSCAPE

silos re-purposed for

Silos repurposed display visible as on facade light wells

silos retained for

silos retained structuralfor strength structural strength

The Illinois International Port Grain Elevator was selected to become a “machine” in which this process could occur. It is massive and solid in scale, allowing for large-scale growing and research operations to occur within the building shell, then extend into the surrounding environment to offer progressive solutions for ecological remediation of the abandoned landscape. The individual silos (124 total) were used as a module of “subtraction” and “addition” to create voids within the elevator’s from and allow for extensive experimental cultivation. Where the silos are subtracted, transparent rectilinear masses were added to allow for maximum natural light infiltration and to discern from the building’s otherwise circular and cylindrical quality. The silo was also utilized as a structural unit for circulation, illumination, and exhibition throughout the building. Glazing and voids were added to the structure’s shell, and occupiable roof and outlook gardens exploit the elevator’s views of and location aside Lake Calumet, truly making it a destination for engaging with the surrounding natural and industrial context. Overall, this project exists as an architectural vision of the future of Lake Calumet’s ecological and industrial situation. It attempts to reconcile the battle between wetland and industry that had once thrived in the region, and provide a venue for bioremediation experimentation that can be applied to the vast vacant landscape and the massive structures situated upon it.

large-scale experimental large-scale experimental containers growisolation space 200,000200,000 SQ SQFTFT

silos re-purposed Silos repurposed forfor circulation circulation44, 000 SQ FT

SITE STRATEGY

concrete concrete skin removed skin removed 45,000 SQ FT

Topography model/ visionary trajectories

ape

strial tower

r slip #3

dings

grain storage

pout

TOTAL = 425,000 SQ FT


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industrial tower

industrial slip #3

misc. site buildings

silos used for grain storage

bulk carrier ship ship-loading spout

industrial slip #1

active grain elevator

grain storage

Visionary landscape/ south elevation

Current Site condition


EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN

INDOOR

GROW SPACE

Process model photos

EXISTING ELEVATORS

OBSERVATION GARDEN

EXISTING SILOS

SUBTRACTION OF SILOS

CONFERENCE CONFERENCE

GROW

EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT

GROW

ADDITION OF MASS

OBSERVATION GARDEN Building sections BUILDING SECTIONS @ 1/64” = 1’-0”


EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN GARDEN

INDOOR

GROW INDOOR SPACE GROW SPACE INDOOR GROW INDOORSPACE GROW SPACE

existing silos SUBTRACTION EXISTING SUBTRACTION SILOSEXISTING OF SILOSSILOS SUBTRACTION OF SILOS SUBTRACTION ADDITION OF SILOSADDITION OFOF MASS SILOS OFADDITION MASS ADDITION OF MASS OF MASS SUBTRACTION of silos ADDITION of mass

existing elevators

EXISTING ELEVATORS EXISTING ELEVATORS EXISTING ELEVATORS EXISTING EXISTINGELEVATORS SILOS EXISTING SILOS

OBSERVATION OBSERVATION GARDEN

GARDEN

OBSERVATION OCONFERENCE BSERVATION CONFERENCE GROW GROW CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE

OBSERVATI OOBSERVATI N ON OBSERVATIOBSERVATI ON ON GROW GROW

EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT GROW GROW GROW GROW GARDEN

GARDEN

GARDEN GARDEN GARDEN GARDEN

BUILDING SECTIONS BUILDING @ 1/64” SECTIONS = 1’-0” @BUILDING 1/64” = 1’-0” SECTIONS BUILDING @ 1/64” SECTIONS = 1’-0” @ 1/64” = 1’-0”

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expirimental GARDENS

indoor GROW space


LANDSCAPED

approach


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entrance below SILO

MASS


UP

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EXISITING FLOOR PLAN EXISTING FLOOR PLAN 1

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1 individual silos

Individual Silo

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UP

UP

UP

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EXHIBITION SPACE

LEVEL 1 PLAN

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Entry/ Lobby Exhibition Space Cafeteria Flex Space Circulation

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EXHIBITION space

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entry/ lobby exhibition space cafeteria flex space circulation

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LEVEL 3 PLAN

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Vertical Garden Laboratory Office Aquaculture Isolation containers

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UP

LEVEL 5 PLAN

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Expirimental Garden

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LEVEL 10 PLAN

CONFERENCE SPACE

LEVEL 10 PLAN 13

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Conference Space

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ROOF PLAN

ROOF PLAN

COMMUNITY rooms

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Roof Garden

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C H I N AT O W N P U B L I C L I B R A R Y: Landscaping Hybrid Pathways Location: institution: Year: Critics:

Chinatown, Chicago, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) GRADUATE/ Fall 2013 Peter Exley, Thomas Ahleman

This design attempts to reconcile the urban context of the site at Wentworth Ave and Archer Ave by allowing the public to pass through and engage with two separate structures that are united by a central corridor. Trajectories were traced through the site to establish directions of travel to the CTA Red Line station entrances, New Chinatown Square, and the Old Chinatown Gate. These two structures (the Library and the Civic node) are united by a common basement level and begin to speak to each other through this roofscape/ lawn that climbs the civic building and is reflected beside and inside the Library. This lawn is intended to both promote occupation of the Chinatown Library, as well as bring natural elements to an otherwise built up part of Chinatown that has little access to green space. Skills aquired during this project include comprehensive design and implementation of environmental systems into the building, dealing with a dense urban site and context, understanding of unique neighborhood demographics and civic needs, 2D and 3D technical drawings, and 3D scaled modeling in cardboard and plaster.

Site Diagrams

Model Photos


Interior Renders

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Passive Ventilation System


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1 Entry 2 Circulation Desk 3 Browsing Areas 4 Children’s Area 5 Classrooms 6 Multi-purpose Room 7 Community Reading Room 8 Study Room 9 Computer Area 10 Occupiable Lawn 11 Thermal Labyrinth 12 Water Cisterns 13 Restrooms

Section of Thermal Labyrinth


West Elevation

North Elevation

Section 1

Section 2

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Render of East facade + cityscape


Neighborhood studies of Red Hook: exisiting buildings, vacancies, and green spaces

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Courtyard Render


RED HOOK: Synthesizing Green Urbanisms PRIVATE gardens

SHARED gardens

Location: institution: Year: Critics:

Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) GRADUATE/ Spring 2013 Ellen Grimes, Jeff Bone + Landon Bone Baker Architects

This design explored the notion of public and private spaces in relation to shared residential outdoor areas in the otherwise industrial context of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The desire to create dwellings atop a wood manufacturing and digital workshop facilities yielded the opportunity to intermingle mixed-use and landscaped environments. PRIVATE balconies

building SKIN

SHARED balcanies

The requirement of a bike repair facility enabled a ramped public courtyard that guides a path between two residential buildings, each having a trellis-like network of private, semi-private, and shared private gardens and balconies. This self-cultivation of growable foods and integration of outdoor spaces into residences is inspired by Red Hook’s adjacent community garden, which has provided the neighborhood with a constant source of vitality and sustenance as a method of community outreach. This notion was carried out in the design by merging public and private entities within the landscaped realm, and creating an inviting, collaborative space from which the Red Hook can thrive. Skills acquired during this project include rigorous site research and investigation, precedent studies, establishing site design goals, site diagramming and mapping, concept diagramming, understanding of residential typologies/ egress/ fire codes, 3D massing and rendering, and employing wood material as a design requirement.

PUBLIC courtyard

PUBLIC-PRIVATE parking

Site Plan


WOOD + DIGITAL +

BIKE +

PARKING +

COURTYARD +

BALCONIES +

GARDENS

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RESIDENTIAL +

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Typical Residential floor plan

Section through courtyard

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Studio Floor Plan

1 Bedroom Floor Plan

Render of unit balcony + garden

2 Bedroom Floor Plan

3 Bedroom Floor Plan

Render of buildings in neighborhood context


Render of Arena + site context

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ROLLER DERBY ARENA: Re-defining Mass and Luminance Location: institution: Year: Critic:

Goose Island, Chicago, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) GRADUATE/ Fall 2012 Tristan Sterk

Explorative diagrams of mass, light, and site were first examined for this project- a new roller derby arena for the Windy City Rollers on Goose Island. The new venue was envisioned as a space that would allow light and the crowd to become part of the activity happening within, and the roof as a mechanism to diffuse light during the day and emit light at night. A method of prototyping was adopted for the arena – and each iteration further developed the notions of roof/ truss, circulation via ramps, massing, and site. The finalized form consists of a mass that supports layers of trusses, triangular apertures, and a translucent roof material – creating a multifaceted experience by diffusing light throughout the building during the day, and emitting light at night. Skills acquired during this project include concept development, experimentation with various prototyping methods, 2D diagramming, 3D physical and digital modeling, site selection and investigation, site documentation, experimentation with digital algorithms in Grasshopper, rendering in Maxwell, egress calculations, seating calculations, and digital photography.

Conceptual Floor Plan

Concept Drawings


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Study models


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Interior renders of Arena

Section Perspective of Interior


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B A LT I M O R E S P I R E : A Beacon of Culture and Place Skin

Location: institution: Year: Critic: Partners:

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD University of Central Florida (UCF) UNDERGRADUATE/ Fall 2011 Carlos Barrios Jon Wicker, Lance Burguiere

Designed to be an entertainment and gaming center, this spire hosts programs of restaurant, hotel, office, education and entertainment. The intent was to facilitate the needs of the future in this fifty-six story high rise evocative of a nautical beacon across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Core

Theater

Arcade

The spire’s form is derived from rotating an ellipse and forming a parametric “skin” with a central “core” for structural stability. The “skin” then becomes a source of natural ventilation, and the facade utilizes prevailing winds for interior cooling. Connectivity to the urban surrounding is maintained by differentiating planes of interaction that occur at its base: a pedestrian bridge connects to the harbor, and a gaming arcade occupies ground level. Skills acquired during my role in this project include site visit and investigation, urban site modeling, exploration of site context, selection of building program and occupation, circulation core design, concept of form, parametric design of form and skin using Grasshopper algorithms, section and section detail drawings, 3D rendering.

Site

Pedestrian Movement

Urban Context View from across Harbor


Interior Renders

Section cut looking East

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Render at tower base

Section cut looking North


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Model Photos


MASONIC LODGE: A Level Among Equals Location: institution: Year: Critic: Partners:

Thornton Park, Orlando, FL University of Central Florida (UCF) UNDERGRADUATE/ Spring 2012 Daniel Kirby Katie Carter, Yuly Mojocoa

The Mason’s symbolic use of the “level” and its relationship among its members acts as a basis for this design. The level serves to remind us that we are all traveling upon the level of time as equals and the Masons and their contemporaries are “on the same level.” The trajectories examined on site were blended with this symbol of “level” and revolve around a central courtyard acting as a way to allow light to infiltrate. Skylights and a rough stone double-skin exterior window contribute to the goal of luminance and concealment, and the stone attributes to the materiality associated with the Mason’s craft.

private/ semi-private/ public zones

An existing building was retrofitted and added on to accomplish this design, preserving their history of togetherness and sacredness without sacrificing privacy of the Lodge rituals. shaping of built form from existing site conditions/ movement

Skills aquired during my role in this project include client meeting and tour of existing facilities, existing building/ demolition plan drawings, concept development and diagrams, 3D physical modeling, elevation/ section/ section detail drawings, and 3D rendering.

approach to Lodge/ trajectories

Section through Meeting Hall/ Classroom/ Lobby

Section Dining Area/ Gallery


South Elevation

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North Elevation


Section Detail

Courtyard Render

East Elevation Dining Area Render


Conceptual Landscape Drawing

South Elevation

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A M O M E N T F O R PAU S E : Intervention Along A Path Location: institution: Year: Critic:

West Orange Trail, Orlando, FL University of Central Florida (UCF) UNDERGRADUATE/ Fall 2010 Allan Watters

This site exists as a moment of pause along the arterial path of the West Orange Trail, which is primarily used for bicycle traffic. The “buckling” of terrain that occurs just off the trail acts as a clearing in the natural Florida landscape, and this modulation of landscape is reflected in the structure of the pavilion. The relationship between form and field has the buildings reaching toward this bowed landscape, while lifting and elevating the occupant into a serene, natural setting. “Pause” as a notion is reflected onto the building, translating into programs of bike rental, café, and garden. Each program is positioned at a differing elevation, each accessible through a central ramp. Each diverse experience ties into the other, engaging the occupant to engage into the larger scheme of things in relation to the building, bike trail, and nature. Skills acquired during this project were site visits and evocative drawings, 2D drawings and 3D models for concept generation, understanding of systems and mapping, a comprehensive understanding of Revit: drawings, renderings, interface, 3D modeling of final product.

Basswood/ Cardboard Model Photos

Plaster Model Photos


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Ramp view

Site Plan

Cafe view

Roof view

Render of Bike Shop


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SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Constructing the Tower institution: Year: Critic:

University of Florida (UF) UNDERGRADUATE/ Spring 2010 Stephen Bender

This spatial construct is derived from a two dimensional arbitrary grid by a composition of music – in this case“KC Accidential”by Broken Social Scene. This grid is present in the tower as a force able to contain volumetric pods that act as programmatic interventions, just as how the structures of music is organized by rhythm, interval, and harmony. These pods host spaces of study, performance, and library as vertically separated, but closely related casings. The sectional space maintains connectivity to the vertical datum; all of the programmatic elements connect through circulation and common aligned space relative to the pace of the occupant. This project served as the basis of my physical modeling and artistic medium interests. Wood and cardboard 3-dimensional constructs, coupled with watercolor and ink on paper drawings have been a recurring method of process in my work and I attribute this project as a refinement of an elegant architectural design craft.


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E VA N S T O N FA R M H O U S E Location: Firm: Year: Supervisor: Position:

Evanston, IL Hammersley Architecture PROFESSIONAL/ Summer 2013 Brian Hammersley - principal Intern/ architectural graphics

As an intern, my role on this residential project was to create high quality architectural graphics and renders for the architect’s website content as an explanatory tool. These sections illustrate the interior quality of the spaces, as well as the circulation through the house from its extension to its original building shell. The skylights are a prominent feature of this design, and were correspondingly illustrated in such way. Plan diagrams locate features within the house. A massing diagram demonstrates the evolution of the structures on site from the removal of the farmhouse, to the first renovation, to the proposed addition and its massing. My role on other projects included client meetings, site measurements and plans for a planned renovation, site plans for a residence, building of a topographic site model, massing plans and diagrams. Skills acquired during this internship were a more comprehensive understanding of Revit, advanced SketchUp, enhanced knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of construction meeting proceedings, and the observation of the architectural practice.



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