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PORTFOLIO ARCHITECTURE SUCHITHRA PRABHU | 2014


SKILLS Languages Bilingual proficiency fluent basic knowledge

English, Hindi Konkani, Kannada Spanish

EXPERIENCE August 2013 - Present June 2012 - May 2013 January 2010 - May 2011

Computer capabilities + + + + + + + + + + + Strengths

Interests

Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop AutoCAD ECAM EQuest Microsoft office Revit Rhinoceres Sketchup Trane Trace Organizational skills, Good verbal communication, Attention to detail, Conceptualization, Analytical thinking, Construction details, Energy modelling, Building systems Applied voice, Dramatics, Opera, Sketching, Architectural Theory, Reading, Photography

October 2008 - January 2010 February 2008 - July 2008

Smart Energy Design Assistance Center | Champaign, Illinois - Building Energy Specialist - Research Assistant Dutta & Kannan Architects Pvt Ltd | Bangalore, India -Architect -Junior Architect InForm Architects | Bangalore , India - Architectural Intern

EDUCATION May 2013 July 2008

Master of Architecture - University Of Illinois | Urbana, Illinois Bachelor of Architecture - VTU, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur | Karnataka, India


“...the exterior and the garden are conceived as a continuous transformation from interior volumes into outdoor surfaces. .”

PEDESTRIAN PLAZA / ATRIUM


INTERNAL FACADE Atrium Bow Truss: Steel Non-Insulated Double Pane Polycarbonate Sheets of 20mmClear Glass Pilkington K 1.2m x 2m

01_BETWEEN GARDEN Stuttgart, Germany Mixed-Use, Low-Energy Building Within Master plan for New Stuttgart

Structural Glazing Thermo Span/ Double Skin Double Pane Insulation Cavity 12mm U value from 1.1 W/m2K to 2.8 W/m2K 2.25m x 3m

OUTER FACADE Balconies 4m x 1.2m Area 5m2 Photovoltaic Panels Polycrystaline Photovoltaic Panels 1,200m x 3,000m Unilux UltraTherm Triple Pane Glass Window approx. 1000m x 3000m Argon Gass Insulation 6mm U Value 0.21

PROGRAM Apartment 140 apartments 2 penthouses 25 terrace units 118m2 to 150m2 Hotel 60 rentable rooms 8 suites 5m x 8m 40m2

SITE STRATEGY Vertical Circulation

Pedestrian Circulation

Stuttgart was once known for its stud horses and gardens, giving it its present name, which is a combination of the words stud and garden. A complex overlap of exchanges can be witnessed within this suburban fabric of fast cars, pedestrian traffic from the downtown area, residents from adjacent areas and travelers or visitors to the new high-speed rail station. The building takes form by growing out of a garden in its truest sense. The surface of the garden rolls down into the civic spaces as well as the exterior.


LOWER LO BBY LEVEL -4.50

UPPER LOBBY LEVEL +0.00

VIEW AS SEEN FROM THE EAST

PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TOWARDS MAIN STREET

HOTEL LEVEL +3.00


RESIDENTIAL LEVEL +21.00

STRUCTURE

RESIDENTIAL LAYOUT Flat slab + Column

GROUND PLANE ORGANIZATION

HOTEL LAYOUT Shear Walls

LOBBY LAYOUT Column + Beam

BASEMENT LAYOUT Column + Beam


CROSS SECTION

DETAIL Drainage Layer Earth Rigid Insulation

100mm Drop for Balcony Slab Sliding Doors (Double Leaf )

HOTEL INTERIOR

Steel Planter Box


FROM ACROSS THE STREET SHOWING THE PEDESTRIAN FLOW TOWARDS PUBLIC PLAZA/ATRIUM


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SITE + SHADOW STUDY


02_GATEWAY TO THE CITY Chicago, Illinois High Speed Rail Station within the Mid West rail network The urban plaza with the rail station intend to transform the area into a prominent civic gathering space. The high rise tower marks the entry to Chicago city with its bold symmetrical form. Both, the tower and the rail station were well integrated from its conception to ensure functional integrity. The station is designed to be below grade creating a subterranean world through which passengers navigate. This helped in creating a new social life on the ground level with parks and vendors.

“...the journey starts outside.�


UPPER LEVEL

LOWER LEVEL

MECHANICAL LEVEL

Louvres Gutter Green roof

Curtain wall

Hot air radiators

Air space False floor Cold air intake

Composite deck Steel truss SECTION MODEL

ROOF DETAIL

GROUND DETAIL


TICKETING LEVEL

WAFFLE SLAB

COLUMNS

GRADE SLAB VIEW TO LOWER LEVEL STEEL PRIMARY MEMBERS

STEEL SECONDARY MEMBERS


03_METRO RAIL STATION BANGALORE, INDIA Transit Rail stations for the new Metro network

PLATFORM LEVEL

PLATFORM

DETAIL OF TRUSS ROOF

Gutter to detail Gallvalum trafford sheet CONCOURSE LEVEL

LED Signage 300mm dia. steel column as per Platform Top of rail

GROUND LEVEL


CONCOURSE LEVEL

GROUND LEVEL Site specific design fuelled heavily by the current cultural transformation within Bangalore City. Each station is unique establishing it’s identity with ease within the local fabric. These stations represent a new phase in the infrastrcuture development of Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.


04_317 CURRIE ROAD DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA Luxury condominiums with private pools and terraces

TYPICAL FLOOR - 2 UNITS

EXTERIOR VIEW


ROOF DETAIL steel truss

MASTER BEDROOM OVERLOOKING PRIVATE TERRACES

wood cladding glass railing concrete slab

POOL DETAIL structural glass false ceiling

TERRACES WITH PRIVATE POOL AND GYMNASIUM

SECTION


05_LANDSCAPES OF THE PRAIRIES

LANGLEY , ILLINOIS Museum of History of the grain elevator in the Mid West

The grain elevator stands as an important part of the American Midwest history and the idea of the museum is to establish a language that conveys this importance and history. Since the elevators were designed for a specific task, their potential for reuse is limited but in a way has created an aesthetic value. The visitor driving alongside the new museum is able to view the large exhibits prior to entering the building. This marks the beginning of a procession. Once inside the visitor is directed to the large exhibits area and then led into the walkway of small display items. The walkway is intercepted with bands of diffused light that leads the visitor towards the viewing deck. The acme of this project is not one


“It was the machines and processes they housed that determined their configurations, molded to purposes known only to those who used them”

existing grain elevator

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abandoned rail road track CAPTURING THE LANDSCAPE 5

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prairie scape

MANICURED LANDSCAPE AMIDST THE UNMANICURED

entry from high way


GRAIN ELEVATOR AS A POD

LARGE EXHIBIT GALLERY

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FLOOR PLAN ORGANIZATION

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MAIN CIRCULATION

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SECONDARY CIRCULATION


SMALL ITEMS GALLERY

ROOF DETAIL

ALUMINIUM EXTRUSION

GLAZING -channel glass by lamberts -W 232mm x 1350 cm x thk 7 mm -linit”1.7w” low e-coating U-value of 0.41 R-value of 2.44 TRANSPARENT INSULATION W STEEL BEAM BEARING CONNECTION SPILL OUT SPACE

DETAIL AT BASE ALUMINIUM EXTRUSION WALL ASSEMBLY -dry wall -metal studs -cladding BASE FLASHING STEEL GUTTER ROOF ASSEMBLY -growing medium - Filter fabric -drainage membrane -High density foam -composite slab INSULATION


06_[RE]IMAGINING CITIES FOUR OBSTRUCTIONS

“...imagining as a way of knowing”

MATERIALS LASER CUTTER SCRAPS

MATERIALS PICKLE JARS | SALSA JARS | FOAM BOARD | FOAM SHEET | FOOD COLOR | SPARKLES MICRO CITIES .............A Micro city he called it, a fresh start. He had discovered a way to shrink the cities of this world into miniature study models. Only the knowledgeable and wise were to stay behind to monitor and study these models. “Everything done in science is done with models. A model is any simplification, substitute or stand-in for what we are actually studying or trying to predict. Models are used because they are convenient substitutes, but what if instead of substitutes we could resize real cities. The observations would be accurate and benefit the growth of future cities.” .......... One bottle was subjected to poverty, one to inflation, and one to unemployment, overpopulation and the list continued. Conclusions were drawn from their observations and applied to our future cities. Unlike the scientist’s prediction, these new cities didn’t respond as their mini counterparts had and the problems still remained unresolved.

SEALING CITIES Sealing city explores the power of imagination to change spaces and minds. Its builders established that ceilings create an awareness of height which determine our limits. High ceilings activated abstract thinking and thoughts of freedom, whereas low ceilings activated concrete thinking and thoughts of confinement. Increasing the height of a space has the effect of increasing its spatial dimensions, which facilitates human creativity and A city without ceilings would encourage the development of new practices and new practices would encourage the development of novel cities they said. Over time however, it turned into a city of geometric heights, and of grids and lattices. To understand this city one had to look beyond the visual imagery of its facades and perceive its heightened orderliness. The builders observed that human creativity may not have expanded after all. The city was under a constant threat of collapsing into its traditional form. Perhaps they said “Design is only part of the life of a building. As time passes, it is the users who decide how successful we have been”


A design research seminar revealing a new category of architectural exploration called Slipstream. The term, borrowed from literary criticism, suggests a type of design practice existing between science fiction, fantasy and realism. The seminar studied parallels through weekly readings , discussions and producing four slipstream cities. We were asked to remake a model of a city, each time with various contstraints. We were then asked to speculate on the implications of this city by producing narratives. MATERIALS WOOD TRIM | PAINT DUPLICITY Duplicity was inhabited by two kinds of people, those that were Color Blind (CB’s) and those that were Not Color Blind (NCB’s). The CB’s live in homes that are black, white and grey while the NCB’s live in homes that are colorful and bright. Both of them have an equal stake to the city. Both have distinct and individual opinions. Duplicity’s inhabitants are always at war with each other. Chaos grows just as the city continually grows. With it grows their differences, more pronounced with increased numbers. None strive to resolve their differences. They are limited by their senses and handicapped by it. CB’s cannot appreciate colorlessness.


07_STUDIO APARTMENTS BANGALORE, INDIA Low rise studio apartments locatedinthe Silicon Valley of India

FIRST FLOOR

INTERIOR VIEW

PARTI

GROUND FLOOR

Compact. Efficient utilization of space was one of the key aspects of the design. Bangalore is known as the silicon valley of India. Home to the working youth of a quickly advancing metropolitan city. These apartments reflect the style and spirit of this youth.


“......... for the urban dweller”


08_URBANEAR Chicago, Illinois Urban park

An exercise that investigates the purpose and value of urban parks in cities. The site that was chosen is located in the heart of the Chicago downtown area. Section

Ground Plane


09_MOLESKIN DIARIES Doodles and narratives that fuel the mind

_NYC seen through the window of an aircraft.

_DESIGN review Sleep deprivation and architectural jargon can manifest itself in strange ways.


_RECONNECT Martha was bored. Dug a hole. She dug a hole and dropped a ladder. Jumped into planet Zee Zee Pop. Met Jack B nimble. He broke a tower and found another hole. Together they dug other holes that connected people. Then there was snow, and snow people and an eye that looked like the sun.

_INHABITABLE diagrid

“...the hand that draws the line makes the decision.�


10_OUT OF FOCUS eyes that enable us to see

STAIR STORIES


PUBLIC LIBRARY / DRAMATIC LINES


Suchithra Prabhu 505 S Busey Avenue, Apt 403 Urbana, IL 61801 T 217 979 8441 suchithrasp@gmail.com M ARCH. | UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN | 2013

Suchithra Prabhu  

Selection of projects, sketches and photographs.

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