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Sophie Ruf Reveries


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Reveries

noun a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream

[of] the past

Cultural Distrust

Motion: Framed

October-December 2016 Arch 412-Design Studio

February 2016 Arch 322-Design Studio


[caught] in motion

[for] a future

Breathe out of Built

A Transient Charge

What’s Underneath : Memorial to Dominance

November-December 2015 Arch 312-Design Studio

March-April 2016 Arch 322-Design Studio

March-April 2017 Arch 422-Design Studio


Arch 4

Cultur Design Studio

Top and Center Sectional model of northeastern portion in front of section 1 Lower Sectional model of northwestern portion in front of section 2


412

ral Distrust A Cultural Distrust displaces and flattens the history of the Red-Light district of Pittsburgh, PA as a means for exposure and further understanding. In 1984 the efforts of the Cultural Trust of Pittsburgh, PA were to reinvent the sex district and garner financial success through a fabricated burgeoning art and theater district. The buildings that were re-imagined by the Cultural Trust remain protected by their historical status. The interior function of each building within the sex district has been replaced in an attempt to estrange the district’s salacious history. However the antique textures and idyllic materiality boast of a falsified sense of a poetic ambiance. The site between 7th and 8th Ave. on Fort Duquesne Blvd acts as an anchor figuratively and is the geographic epicenter of the structures affected by the Cultural Trust.

Reveries [of] the past


A Concealed Network Left the surrounding blocks of the Cultural Trust District examined through the insertion or physical framing via structural plinths/ stages to reveal the structures’ programs/encouraged activity in the 1970s and 1980s. Studied through network relationships.

Right The most dense block of the Red Light District, 800 Liberty Ave, penetrated abstractly by the previously intact program of the specific structures. Collision intersections explored through axonometric.

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Cross-section

Plan 6

Plan 5

Plan 4

Plan 3

Plan 2

Plan 1

Northwest Elevation


Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Dr. Love’s Potion House

Northwest Facing Exposure Red Light District structures that we casualties of the Cultural Trust are condensed and abstracted in form. The current day program is recreated as brief moments and contrasted/ affronted with the insertion of the program that existed within the same structure in the Red Light District’s heyday. The 70s/80s program acts as a rupturing force that dictates the geometry and communicates a burst and exposure from a narrative within.

Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Art Cinema Adult Theater

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Bathhous Bathhouse

Green Roo

Green Room

Backstage

Costume Room Apparel Retail

Gallery Lounge

Longitudinal Section 2

Costume R

Scene Sho Longitudinal Section 2

Harris Theater

Coffee Sho

Coffee Shop Audience

Longitudinal Section 1

Art Gallery

Bakery Annex

Foyer

Bakery An

Coffee Lou

Vestibule Massage Parlor

Plan 1 North

Longitudinal Section 1


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Room

op

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Condom Nation Lounge Storage Harris Theater Audience

Art Gallery

nnex

Foyer

unge Bookstore Annex

Plan 2

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Bathhouse

Office Sp Green Room

Green Ro

Costume Room Scene Shop

Condom Nation

Longitudinal Section 2 Coffee Shop Peep Show First Floor

Lounge Storage Harris Theater

Longitudinal Section 2

Peep Sho First Flo

Audience Longitudinal Section 1

Longitudinal Section 1

Office Space

Bakery Annex

Foyer

Bakery A

Coffee Lo

Coffee Lounge Bookstore Annex

Dr. Love’s Potion House

Plan 3 North

Dr. Love Potion H


pace

oom Condom Nation Lounge Storage Harris Theater

ow oor Art Cinema Adult Theater Office Space

Annex

ounge Bookstore Annex

e’s House

Plan 4

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Office

Office Space

Peep S Secon

Peep Show Second Floor Condom Nation

Longitudinal Section 2

Lounge Storage

Peep Show First Floor Longitudinal Section 1 Bakery Annex

Annex Lounge Art Cinema Adult Theater Office Space

Longitudin Section 2

Peep First

Longitudin Section 1 Bake

Coffe

Coffee Lounge Bookstore Annex

Dr. Love’s Potion House

Plan 5 North

Dr. L Potio


e Space

Show nd Floor

nal

Condom Nation Lounge Storage

p Show t Floor

nal

Annex Lounge Art Cinema Adult Theater Office Space

ery Annex

ee Lounge Bookstore Annex

Love’s on House

Plan 6

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Longitudinal Section 1


Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Condom Nation

NSFW Onlooker

Condom Nation

Through longitudinal section thresholds of experience, time, and performance are articulated . Dimensionalized moments of the section act as a folded frame through which to view scenes of simultaneous action that collapse the time-line of the narrative.. The experience of the space extends past a proposition to a method of communication.

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Peepshow Floor 2

Bathhouse

Longitudinal Section 2


Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Peepshow

Oneiric Performance/Time Furthering exploration of transitional experience due to unconventionally abutting program a second longitudinal section exposes and communicates the dream-like ambiance of the 70s and 80s program-which heightens the sense of transportation or displacement. Actions appearing to be hallucinations--seen as slivers or brief flashes--are actualized.

Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Bathhouse

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


North

Cross-section


Massage Parlor

Voyeurism as Art The way in which such hallucinations or ephemeral glimpses encroach upon the program abstracted from the 21st century and therefore the fully integrated experience is studied through cross-section. Views from the conventional programs unto provocative activity (seen through moments of split geometry) is heightened to a status of intentional voyeurism. due to distinct placement and form.

Folded Drawing Detail

Scene Threshold Study: Massage Parlor

Cultural Distrust

Arch 412


Arch 3

Motio

Design Studio


322

on: Framed Responding to the respective velocities of the prescribed programs: rock-climbing, skateboarding, administration, and housing, Motion: Framed is a layered dimensionalized field of translated intensities. The experience of cohesive geometries and rhythmic language allows for swells punctuated by a multiplicity of members and vigorous shifts of movement to dictate distinct programs. Such undulating/fluctuating geometries allow for views inward despite the intense movement within and the densely urban site.

Reveries [caught] in motion


Rock Climbing Area

Apartment Unit Skateboarding Area

Administration North Facing Facade

North Facing Facade Layering Diagram

Cross-section 1

Cross-sectio


Roof Plan

Velocity Dictated(ing) Roof Plan Layering Diagram

Rock Climbing Area

Left to right North facing elevation, cross-sectional and plan cuts reveal the layered quality of simultaneous velocities and the interior geometries and visual language of form. Program is orchestrated based on formal and experiential movements in a cyclical nature. The impetus and anchor of design responds to and conversely encourages specific activities.

Apartment Unit Plan 2 Skateboarding Area

on 2

Administration

Motion: Framed North

Plan 1

Arch 322


Rock Climbing Area

Apartment Unit

Skateboarding Area

Administration North

West Facing Facade

West Facing Facade Layering Diagram

Longitudinal Section


(Dis)connected Grids Left to right West facing elevation, longitudinal section, atmospheric and grid diagrams articulate the dimensional grid systems that work in tandem to allow for a multitude of programs that require individualized atmospheres. The distinct grids act uniquely to translate one intended velocity, and act as a component for a combined united formal network.

Diaphanous Light Diagrams

Integrated Grid Diagrams

Motion: Framed

Arch 322


Arch 3

Breat

Design Studio


312

th out of Built Breath out of Built responds to the natural liveliness of the site in downtown Ann Arbor’s central campus to challenge or question the ubiquitousness of stagnant, lifeless structures. Using light as an guiding hand the form strives to marry spiritually revitalizing practices that hinge on natural light such as yoga and gardening and an architecture institute to foster inspiration and exploration. To facilitate this mental harmony, surfaces swell and bellow at moments of intense lightness to “catch� the sunlight that begins to leak away from the site. The structure additionally will formally reach through surficial gestures in order to allow lightness to pool inward and guide nature and peace through the interior in order to obtain complete integration.

Reveries [caught] in motion


Linear Light Travel Diagram

Diaphanous Light Diagrams

Roof Garden

Individual Yoga Studio Studio Space Communal Yoga Studio Studio Space Classroom Cafe/Lobby

Auditorium

North Facing Longitudinal Section


Site Lighting Study

Roof Garden

Individual Yoga Studio

Guiding Light Top Right Site analysis spurred a keen focus of how light travels, lives and intensifies within the geometrical confines of the site. Top Left and Center Light diagrams study atmospheric qualities of diaphanous dissipation and linear reverberation. Bottom Longitudinal sections communicate the concurrent programs and traces of life and their reliance on ambient sunlight aided by peripheral light apparatuses.

Communal Yoga Studio Studio Space Classroom Cafe/Lobby

Auditorium

Breath out of Built South Facing Longitudinal Section

Arch 312


North


Geometries: Specified Top to Bottom Cross-sectional and plan cut series exhibit how the interior geometries, planar or surficial , are massaged into the specifics of the corresponding light catchers. Such response allows for the light ushered by the apparatuses to coalesce directly upon floor plates . The orientation of program is dictated by the degree of lightness required; light catchers pucker or pinch to adhere to such necessities.

Breath out of Built

Arch 312


Arch 3

A Tra

Design Studio


322

ansient Charge A Transient Charge addresses the ephemeral energy of the Ann Arbor Amtrak station and the site’s reliance on the embrace of a physical train and the forces that travel within it and because of it. Energy is explored as a fleeting burst of information. A train may act as a mechanism to share and collect information via a traveling library (collection of books or data) that is exchanged with the specific collections at each station within a broader Amtrak network. Stripped of the presence of a train the structure acts as a shell in need of activation, the entrance of the train then completes the physical planar geometry and charges the space with activity, information, scent, and sound.

Reveries [caught] in motion


Plan 2

Plan 1

North Elevation


Digital Information Library Screens

Transitional Library

Transitional Library Conventional Library

Network by Units

Administration

Roof Plan

The structure while connected within an overall shell is punctuated by the four train tracks that it houses. Each track specifies an intensification of program, medium of library (conventional to experimental) and formal geometries. Such graduation is a response to the energy of the site deadening as one retreats from the cityscape and enters the expansive wasteland beyond the final track.

North

South Elevation

Transient Charge

Arch 322


Site Scenery Experimental Digital Library Completed Floor Panel

Exploded Skin Study

Train Car Views from within Stagnant Structure

Stationary Library Collection

Lobby

Train Car

Views from within Transient Train

Regional Amtrak Network


Library Exchange in Plan

Library Exchange in Section

Explode to Articulate Bottom Right Cross-sectional cut of individual pod enclosing a single track expresses the physically and experientially complementary presence of the train . Top and Center The library exchange and scene studies show the sense of movement that is initiated with the arrival of the train. Visual information that is inextricably linked to travel is combined with a momentary charge-- an augmented library, a collection of information unique to the broad nationwide network of a train-line.

North

East Facing Cross-Section

Transient Charge

Arch 322


Arch 4

Wha

Memo Design Studio

“Let’s see each other through closed eyes”

1 “Another night they guessed their eyes’ expression by the type of silence in the dark” 3

“I feel as if a rose were flung into the room, all hue and scent” 2

rustle of leaves

slosh of water

Visual studies inspired by the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska. Examining relationship between masculinity and femininity as the diluted hierarchy of dominant and subordinate.


Left Page Drawings ! _ “Midsummer Night’s Dream” 2 _ “Nothing Twice” 3 _ “Golden Anniversary” 4 _ “Funeral (1)” 5 _ “Poem in Honor” 6 _ “Over Wine”

422

at’s Underneath

orial to Dominance The canon of American monuments is riddled with designs whose main intention is to assert dominance, and to make the visitor feel small in the presence of an authoritative “greatness”. Today, however, we are shaped by more multifaceted perspectives; there is a different imperative. How can a monument offer a space for these new frames of mind? Method can counteract the dogma of traditional memorial design and address new possibilities. What’s Underneath contrasts the top-down methodology of design through allowing the subject to emerge via process instead of being predetermined by a dominant figure. The axial, dictated grid of Washington D.C, which was designed as a promulgation of the idyllic American city, acts as a parameter off of which to explore the auxiliary.

Reveries [for] a future


Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

Jefferson DR NW

M


Madison DR NW

National Mall Axonometric Topography study

An Imploring Inveigle

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

North West Facing Section

Depressions and undulations are embedded guided by the grid of the National Mall and its surrounding blocks. These act as interruptions or distractions that obfuscate desired views of predominate monuments and physically pull or push one’s directionality while entering the National Mall. These movements implore visitors to engage with what is controlled by a higher power: the subordinate landscape articulated via diorama “moment” models to the right, which employ perspective hand drawings to enrich experience with a saturated graphic language..

Transient Charge

Arch 322


Washington Monument

7th DR NW


National Mall Site Plan

Ancillary : Honored

National Art Gallery

North North Facing Section

The memorial emerges as the ultimate anti-monument. It is not a single form that is absorbed at an arm’s length. It does not prompt the experience of purposefully arriving at a destination to then observe motionless. It is an unexpected journey that consumes the unbeknownst passerby that is oblivious to its existence until they are redirected, submerged, and engaged. What’s Underneath: Memorial to Dominance does not compete with the existing, but rather proposes new foci and celebrates the subordinate.

National Art Gallery

Madison DR NW

Transient Charge

Arch 322


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Sophie Ruf portfolio  

Undergraduate work from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Willeke Portfolio Competition 2nd place Accepted to M.Arch Pro...

Sophie Ruf portfolio  

Undergraduate work from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Willeke Portfolio Competition 2nd place Accepted to M.Arch Pro...

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