Page 1

sten witmer

M.ARCH MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY 2012 B.A. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY 2010

2012

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO_SELECTED WORKS


sten witmer contents

2012

modular shelter design build

Co-Op x2

undergraduate studio

slow flow

graduate research studio

flathead pass residence internship

chair design furniture craft

observational drawing

ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO_SELECTED WORKS


modular shelter INTENTIONAL LEARNING CENTER

design / build

The project called for a shelter + home base for an alternative education model, primary based outdoors. A shelter from the elements and an established space, Eventually to be located in Santa Fe, NM, assembly and shipping become foremost challenges. The solution included an aluminum frame with various points of connection for adapative use. Screenlike walls were added to the frame to reduce solar exposure. Playfully shaped water-proof canvas was attached inside to provide shelter from the occasional shower. Project team included Lori Ryker as head instructor; Luke Boenke, Meghan Hanson, Steve Harrop as visiting instructors; Paul Alvarez, Kevin Pruski, Sten Witmer, and William Zanoni as students.

Based in Paradise Valley, MT, Remote Studio is a semester-long, design/build studio. Students engage in a comprehensive program that includes design/ build, sustainable practices, environmental ethics and back country travel. Deadlines and construction challenges become real.


modular shelter


modular shelter


Co-Op x2

northside_bozeman undergraduate studio

The boundary between a railway and residential neighborhood, the site exists at the merging of conflicting, yet interdependent relationships. Playing on this dynamic, the program was chosen as a similar blend of opportunities - a housing co-op and a co-operative food store. The neighborhood is enhanced by a unique residential model and a pedestrian-accessed food source. The shared roof is complete with outdoor cafe and rooftop garden.


Co-Op x2


Co-Op x2


slow flow

Developed out of a studio-trip to the Grand Canyon, 11 students collaborated to research + propose new ways to understand water in the arid west, specifically at Grand Canyon National Park. Taking cues from Maj. John Wesley Powell in 1867, re-orchestration of the visitor’s experience was proposed, based on watersheds. Innovations centralize around implementation of gabions in drainages, slowing runoff in arid, flash-flood prone areas + recharging the eco-system. The completed project was submitted for the Arid Dylands Competition sponsored by the Woodbury Institute.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

graduate research studio

Project team includes instructor J. Brittingham + students: S. Freimuth, A. Frisby, S. Johnson, T. Kraft, C. Langford, T. Limanek, H. Mumford, D. Rauschendorfer, A. Swinger, J. Weldon, S. Witmer, W. Zanoni.

ENCHANTMENT

AND

POETICS:

RIM

TO

ENHANCING EXPERIENCE

COUPLING SYSTEMS

THE GRAND CANYON RIVER

RESTORATION, CONSERVATION, & AWARENESS

RE-CHOREOGRAPHING TOURISM: TRAIN & LIGHT RAIL

E

GABION Gabions slow the flow of water and remediate the landscape.

CIVIC SPACE

High capacity rail lines from Williams and Flaggstaff eliminate the need for private vehicles in the Park. A high frequency light-rail system increases visitor access to the majestic beauty of the canyon. The result, enhances visitor experience, builds community, and heals the ailing planet.

TRAIN

ADAPTATION

AG

Increased CO2 emisions are the cause of the current Global Warming epidemic. The majority of Grand Canyon National Park’s 5 million annual visitors experience the Park from vehicles.

DESIGN INNOVATION

High capacity and high frequency train system replace vehicles in the Park.

ST

ITS

VORTEX TURBINE

H

RIM

VILL

E

AG

T

T

IN

IN

NE

UT

T

PO

PO

IN

IEW

DV

HO

SO

AN

AN

OS

PO

RT

VIEW

VILL

SE

MOR

GR

SH

DE

GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM TRAIN LINE P A R K H E R E

P A R K H E R E

HIGH SPEED TRAIN ELECTRIC TRAIN

FLAGSTAFF

WILLIAMS

Potable Water

ENVIRONMENTAL

RE

RM

HE

Wastewater: Grey Water

Treated Service Water

In-line turbines work with gravity fed water to generate electriciy.

Wastewater: Black Water

Decentralized Water Treatment Cluster System

CURRENT

SCALABILITY

ISSUES

WATER TREATMENT CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE ARID WEST

Greywater and harvested rainwater are filtered, treated, and reused at the building site to reduce freshwater demand.

Grand Canyon

REPLICABILITY FOG COLLECTION

- EDWARD ABBEY

PRECIPITATION

DECREASING

1 - 4 WEEKS

SNOWMELT

RAIN COLLECTION

LOCALIZED WATER MANAGEMENT

TODAY

20%

Rainwater is harvested directly at the building scale from roof and hardscape surfaces.

RUNOFF

Decentralized Water Catchment

SOLAR ENERGY Large scale solar arrays are installed to provide power for transportation and water transfer.

REDUCED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

WAT E R I N T H E W E S T

Living Machine Water Treatment System

3

7%

...! VISIBL

WATE

SYSTEM

Horizontal Flow Subsurface Wetland

Tidal Wetland Reuse Storage Tank

Primary Tank

SCREEN

TEMPERATURE

1.3° - 2. 4°

WATE

REFILLIN

STATIONS

ELIMINATION OF CARS

POWER DEMAND

42000 W

AWARENESS KIOSK

CISTER

Water awareness kiosks provide visitors with potable drinking water and a water consevation education experience.

FEASIBILITY

WINDOW

POPULATION

AWARENES

INCREASED VISITORS

53 %

SIGN

5 MILLION

PEOPLE T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

1.5

10 MILLION PEOPLE N O C A R S

MILLION

C A R S

VISTORS ENAGING IN A RIM TO RIVER TRAIN EXPERIENCE

T144

AWARENESS & EDUCATION

MICRO TO MACRO / ISSUE TO SOLUTION

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T148

HUB INDEX GC NP

INVITING VISITORS TO ENGAGE IN A WATER CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE

SITE: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim PROPOSAL: Creating water awareness through landscape and water remediation.

2050 050

2

EVAPORTATION

LIVING MACHINE Living systems treat black and grey water and provide a sustainable, decentralized means for the reuse of waste water.

VARIABILITY

T049

SLOW FLOW

2030

1

PHASED INFRASTRUCTURE

1/ 3

WATER SUPPLY

DECREASED ENERGY INPUTS

INCREASING

We are so many, the Canyon is but one. We are so busy, the Canyon is so passive and slow.

Fog is condensed over large, porous building surfaces and is gravity fed to a collection basin for reuse.

EDUCATION

5%

Individual Building Water Catchment and Filtration

GCNP SOUTH RIM

RIVER RIM

H

CALIFORNIA_4.4 maf

ER

M

OVERLOOK - CAFE - BIKE RENTAL

IA ID N

THE ARID WEST POLITICAL BOUNDARIES

MACRO

Village Housing

GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

RIM TO RIVER OVERLOOK

BOAT MUSEUM - TRANSPORTATION HUB

OTHER

RECYCLED WATER_ 54 Mgal/YR

AWARENESS SIGNS

SOUTH RIM_120.3 Mgal/YR

TOTAL CONSUMPTION_146 Mgal/YR EXTRACTED FROM ROARING SPRINGS_367.9 Mgal/YR

Water Awareness Kiosk Exposes visitors to local and worldwide water conservation issues and inspires them to implement their newfound awareness into their everyday lives.

This submission is from a graduate level class of 12 students and faculty mentors. The complete submission consists of nine entries and 18 boards formatted as per the diagram to the right.

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

TH

TH

6. Desert View

NPS OPERATIONS

The political, social, economic, environmental, physical, and visual foundations for this intervention are inspired by John Wesley Powell’s watershed map of 1878.

Grandview Point

P

TH

DESERT VIEW_1.2 Mgal/YR PHANTOM RANCH_1.7 Mgal/YR

NORTH RIM_19.5 Mgal/YR

CONCESSIONAIRES

POWELL’S VISION

G�

VERTICAL CAMGROUNDS

5. Moran Point

Visual connections increase visitor awareness of water conservation systems through visual exposure to water conservation solutions.

DEPENDENCY ON TRANSPORTED WATER

TH

4. Grandview Point

CISTERN WINDOW THE HUMID EAST

TH

TH

Desert View Watchtower

2 0 5 0 PROJECTION

Navajo Point

TODAY

Lipan Point

5 10

Tanner Trailhead

NEVADA_.3 maf

COLORADO_2.6 maf

3. Shoshone Point

Pinal Point

0T

ON

MILLION

Papago Point

10

E RATI O VAP

MILLION

Today: 5 Million Visitors 2050: 10 Million Visitors Water resource awareness observed at Grand Canyon Ideas of resource conservation spread worldwide

Desert View

Moran Point

Zuni Point

NEW MEXICO_.64 maf

MUNICIPLE/INDUSTRIAL

OTHER

G R A N D C A N Y O N SOUTH RIM A N N U A L VISITORS:

Grandview Trailhead

ARIZONA_2.8 maf

V

P

New Hance Trailhead

LOW FLOW_5 maf

MEXICO_1.5 maf

WYOMING_.6 maf

UTAH_1.4 maf

D�

Shoshone Point

Grandview Point

10 YR AV. FLOW_15 maf

South Kalibab Trailhead Yaki Point

Hydration is of paramount importance in the desert. Water refill stations provide potable water for visitors and make them aware of where it comes from and how much they are using.

HIGH FLOW_25 maf

ALLOTTED WATER_18.5 maf

IRRIGATION/AGRICULTURE

P

M� Pipe Creek VIsta

TRANSPORTATION - H20 AWARENESS HUB

WATER REFILLING STATIONS DEPENDENCY ON TRANSPORTED WATER THE ARID WEST

S�

Hermits Rest

R

Shoshone Point

The Colorado River is one of the most controlled rivers on Earth, supplying water for 30 million people. Intricately engineered outgoing diversions impede the river’s flow and often prevent it from reaching the Sea of Cortez.

H�

BIKE RENTAL - CAMPING SUPPLY

2. South Rim Village

CURRENT ISSUES

Marcopia Point

COLORADO RIVER BASIN: A DYING WATERSHED

South Rim Village

Mather Point

Land and water use, changing economies, and debates concerning political and economic controls have defined what the Park is today. Acquiring water for the Park has always been energy intensive, importing via trains and pumping from the Trans-canyon Pipeline.

V�

SR

1. Hermits Rest

Digital awareness displays take visitors on a virtual tour of the Colorado River, exposing them to the wonders and conservation issues that embody the Mighty Colorado.

Hopi Point

EXISTING ARBITRARY LAND USE AT THE SOUTH RIM

SCREENS

Yavapai Point

WATERSHEDS + GABION WALLS + AWARENESS + COUPLING STRATEGIES = BALANCE

DISSEMINATING WATER EDUCATION WORLDWIDE

Through a bottom-up approach, visitors are exposed to the water issues of the arid west and are invited to actively participate in seeking solutions. Interpretiive displays and visible water awareness significantly enhances the Grand Canyon experience

Mohave Point

GABION WALLS EDUCATION TRANSPORTATION WATER SYSTEMS ENERGY

RE-CHOREOGRAPHING LAND USE BY WATERSHEDS

Monument Creek Vista

RIV

CO

MICRO

Bright Angel Trailhead

DO

RA

LO

RE-MEDIATION

Enhanced water retention, vegetation, habitat, visitor experience through water consciousness, and connection to the resource are the omnipresent themes. Phase one re-textures the land. Phase two re-choreographs the existing land-use through an understanding of environment, infrastructure, and means of transport.

Pima Point

SOLUTION: PHASED REMEDIATION STRATEGIES

ER

The multi-valent approach and scale begins with re-texturing the landscape of the existing watersheds at the South Rim. The introduction of inexpensive & easily implemented gabion walls as a set of architectonic strategies works to slow the flow of water.

VISIBLE WATER SYSTEMS

Hermits Rest

RE-TEXTURE

...!? Grand Canyon National Park recieves over five million visitors annualy and provides a unique oppourtunity to spread the message of water conservation throughout the world.

Hermits Trailhead

RE-CHOREOGRAPH

SLOW FLOW is a phased remediation proposal for Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim, its 5 million annual visitors (projected to be doubled by 2050), employees, residents, their annual water consumption and the cost of that consumption. Each scale of the proposition is defined by a top down/bottom up strategy mitigating the water-energy nexus that strives to inspire dissemination and conservation through education, exposure of systems, and enhanced visitor experience.

Interpretive displays expose visitors to water conservation issues and solutions and explain site specific gabion intervention strategies.

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T144

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T150


HYDROGEOGRAPHY REMEDIATING ENVIRONMENT: GABION WALL

Gabions are adapted to watershed terrain and enhance localized water retention. Gabions bring people to water rather than water to people, a crucial issue in the Arid West.

CURRENT

TODAY

1

2030

2

2050 050

HABITAT REMEDIATION

3

PHASED REMEDIATION

The gabion performs as a contemporary, morphing, visual rhyme to the architecture of the Grand Canyon and its’ native inhabitants.

ISSUES

DEPENDENCY ON TRANSPORTED WATER: THE ARID WEST

AMONG THE FASTEST GROWING STATES IN THE COUNTRY

5 1

LAND REMEDIATION

3

2

4

POPULATION 1

LOS ANGELES 3,792,621

2

SAN DIEGO: 1,307,402

4

PHOENIX: 1,445,632

3

LAS VEGAS: 1,951,2669

5

DENVER: 600,158

VISITOR AWARENESS

iles

338m TO LA

iles

157m

TO SAN DIEGO

335m

iles

TO PHOENIX & TUCSON

238mile

s

TO DENVER

DEPENDENCY ON TRANSPORTED WATER: GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

GABION INFRASTRUCTURE: PRECEDENTS

SPRING( )

HERMITS REST

SOUTH RIM VILLAGE

DESERT

23miles TO GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

VISITORS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN LANDSCAPE REMEDIATION T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T049

T144

T148

T150

T153

T154

T155

T156

T157

T148

slow flow


HIGH FLOW_25 maf

COLORADO RIVER BASIN

ALLOTTED WATER (INCL. RESEVOIR EVAPORATION)_18.5 maf

10 YR AVERAGE FLOW_15 maf

ANNUAL FLOW + USAGE BY MEMBER STATES

LOW FLOW_5 maf

ARIZONA_2.8 maf

IRRIGATION/AGRICULTURE

MUNICIPLE/INDUSTRIAL

MEXICO_1.5 maf

OTHER WYOMING_.6 maf EVAPORATION

UTAH_1.4 maf NEW MEXICO_.64 maf NEVADA_.3 maf

1 ACRE FEET = 326,000 gallons. 1 ACRE FEET annually supplies TWO families of four. 16.5 MILLION ACRE FEET [maf ] (ALLOTTED) would supply over 33 million families.

COLORADO_2.6 maf

CALIFORNIA_4.4 maf

http://www.savethecolorado.org/map.php http://wwa.colorado.edu/treeflow/lees/gage.html http://www.crwua.org/ColoradoRiver/RiverUses/Overview.aspx http://www.usbr.gov/uc/library/envdocs/reports/crs/pdfs/crs962000.pdf

GCNP ANNUAL CONSUMPTION + USERS

DESERT VIEW_1.2 Mgal/YR PHANTOM RANCH_1.7 Mgal/YR

CONCESSIONAIRES

NPS OPERATIONS

NORTH RIM_19.5 Mgal/YR

OTHER

RECYCLED WATER_ 54 Mgal/YR

SOUTH RIM_120.3 Mgal/YR

TOTAL CONSUMPTION_146 Mgal/YR ABUNDANCE EXTRACTED FROM ROARING SPRINGS_367.9 Mgal/YR 2007 GCNP Water Report


slow flow


on a small hill, the design of this residence responds to the context of FLATHEAD PASS RESIDENCE Situated the landscape - vast mountainous views to the south + the more intimate view NORTHER BRIDGER RANGE, MT overlooking a small pond to the north.

studioryker, llc

The sculptural form of the project is complemented by a 10Kw solar array + geothermal heat pump, offsetting 80% of its annual energy consumption. Lori Ryker - Principle Designer Timothy Sanford - Project Manager Sten Witmer - Intern / Assistant to Principle


flathead pass residence


flathead pass residence


chair design furniture craft walnut

craft

The chair began with studies of human proportion + optimal angles for comfort. Walnut boards were sawn down into 1/4� stripes, glued together and clamped onto a form to create the curves. With a focus on joinery and graceful lines, the chair was assembled without the use of mechanical fasteners.


chair design


observational drawing pencil/pen/watercolor location: various

“I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen.� -Frederick Franck This collection of drawings is compiled from many days spent seeing + recording.


observational drawing


tel email portfolio

406.599.1372 sten.witmer@gmail.com issuu.com/sten.witmer

109 REDWOOD DR

BOZEMAN, MT 59718

2012 Portfolio  

architecture, undergrad, graduate, internship

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you