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Investigative Production //// Academic Portfolio Thomas Haller Architectural Designer 2005 - 2010


Sketches of Orvieto, Italy. Study Abroad 2009


“Human desires in every present instance are torn between the replica and the invention, between the desire to return to the known patterns and the desire to escape it by a new variation.�

George Kubler


It seems that determined thought, which leads to careful articulation of the product or scenario, can improve life. It is this phenomenon that engages us in new process and focuses our insight into expanding thought. We want things - tools, spaces, environments - to work with greater efficiency, be more adaptable to a variety of situations, and inherently bring health and happiness to the beings that come in contact with them. We want our external existence to compliment our internal, and if we consider the natural cycle, we expect a reciprocal effect. This interaction supplements the human condition. We thrive off the development of our surroundings, and in turn the quality in which we live in proceeds. As the designer, we look to be the instigator in this process. We feed the potential, and with careful consideration create a solution to the appropriately asked questions. Realizing the truth, honesty, and beauty in our creations is not solely based on intuition or the presupposed trend. We are not creating completely a new, and we are not remanufacturing the existing - in totality...

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...we are elaborating on the connections.


Conceptual Studies //// Program. Space. Context. Structure.


Versatile Furniture //// Closet. Shelving. Desk. Etc. Independent Study _ Prof. Nathan Howe Fall Semester 2009 Manhattan, KS

Rhinoceros. AutoCad. Laser Cut. Hand Model. Photoshop


MDF Board _ 1/2 in (thick) _ 3 in (spacing) The MDF board is spaced in way that creates a multiplicity of spatial types for displaying and storing items on the exterior of the massive form. The form of the unit was initially sculpted in Rhinoceros, segmented at 3 in intervals, and then taking the plan of each segment we were able to create a digital cut for each panel. This production method allowed for exact placement of the structural rods and streamlined production process.

Translucent Plexiglas _ 1/8 in (thick) The light filtering glass contrasts the MDF panels which form the mass, and accentuate the punctures created for larger shelves.

Structural Steel Rods _ 1/2 in (diameter) The skeletal steel structure supports the MDF board panels, using a web system that creates friction at each point a metal rod dissects a panel. The concept allows for rapid prototype and production, with fastening connections omitted from the final design.

Height 7’ 6�


condensed lower level living space

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15 ft.

Sculpted Limestone //// Egyptologist Study ADS II _ Project II Spring Semester 2007 Memphis, TN

Hand Model. Clay Sculpture. Hand Rendering. Graphite and Charcoal

the path _ from hill approach


elevator _ mechanized pulley system

the perch _ elevated studio

5 ft.

exterior sunken sitting space

10 ft.

15 ft.


Environmental Response //// Fisherman’s Lodge ADS III_ Project I Fall Semester 2007 Hondorus Coast

Hand Model. AutoCad. Photoshop. Indesign


Structure and Envelope The project is comprised of three interconnected zones. There is the two-story portion, that anchors the lodge on one end, and acts as the public entrance and family gathering area. This connects with the large deck that acts as a semi-public gathering space and path to the four separate individual housing pods. The structure participates with these elements to create air circulation, passive cooling, and spaces that take advantage of the exterior environment -- while providing protection and taking advantage of the seemingly less desirable attributes of the region; such as rain, solar expo sure, and local coastal pests.

Solar PV Panels The panels are laid at the optimum perpendicular angle according to the spring and fall sun -- to reach the full energy potential of the solar cells, the most days of the year.

Materiality

8 ft Insect Zone

The materials were important through the process of the design, beginning with the heavy poured in place concrete at the base -- not only acting as a structural base, but also allowing for some thermal radiation in the winter months. The upper areas are detailed with breathable louvered walls, to take advantage of the cross ventilation opportunities created by the coastal winds.

Rainwater Harvesting The overlaid butterfly canopy acts as collection trough for a rainwater catchment system. The water gathers on the 2000 sq ft surface and funnels down a conduits in the middle support column of the family house.


Cellular Space for Activity //// Recreational Center ADS II _ Project II Spring Semester 2007 Manhattan, KS

Hand Drafting. Hand Model. Photoshop. (Continued in Revit Project)


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Developed Studies //// Engaging Scales and Systems


Space for Nurturing Ideas //// Recreational Center Post Graduation Project July 6 - August 2. 2012

Revit Redesign and Detail Project


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Kitchen

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Gymnasium Court

Lobby Ceiling 9' - 0"

Lobby

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All Sunny Side Rec. Center Kimble Ave. & Avery Ave. Manhattan, KS +39째 12' 10.90", -96째 37' 17.57"

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Interior Gymnasium and Climbing Wall


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Corrugated Aluminum Rigid Insulation Concrete Slab Steel Reinforced

24' Drop Roof 24' - 0 1/2"

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Hallway

11' Second Level 11' - 0"

Duct Lobby Ceiling 9' - 0"

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Climbing Wall -4' Court Level -4' - 0"

Base Isolator Concrete Foundation Footing

All Sunny Side Rec. Center Kimble Ave. & Avery Ave. Manhattan, KS +39째 12' 10.90", -96째 37' 17.57"

Wall Section Project Number Date Drawn By

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Public Structure_Private Space //// LA SPA ADS V_ Project I Fall Semester 2008 Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

AutoCad, Building and Wall Section Models, 3DS Max, Photoshop, Presentation at Erlich Architects, LA


Ocean Ave.

Pac. Coast Hwy.

Santa Monica State Beach

Wilshire Blvd.

323 ft.

Site Map of LA SPA, Santa Monica, LA, California


Primary Volumes

Internal Volumes

Internal Volumes

Internal Planes


Wall Sections

Model Scale: 0.5 in = 1 ft


Upper Level Weight Training


Mixed-Use Urban Development //// Steel Competition ADS IV _ Project III Spring Semester 2008 San Francisco, California

Vectorworks. Building Model. SketchUp and 3DS Max. Photoshop


York St.

18th St.

Mariposa St.

Hampshire St.

400 ft.

Site Map of San Fran Mixed-Use Commercial and Housing Development


Pedestrian Ramp


Existing Structure

Neighborhood Rec Field and Garden

Existing Structure

Pedestrian and Vehicle Avenue

Green Roof Field on Plinth

Site Plan


Superfloor

Superfloor

Superfloor Rooftop Superfloor


Housing Towers Internal Circulation Vertical Circulation Towers

The Semi-Private Plinth

Sectional Concept _ Superfloor Connections The concept of this mixed-use development starts at the base of the public pedestrian street level and moves up through the high-rise housing units that perch on the intermediate plinth. The idea is to integrate on one site multiple spatial types with ranges in privacy; and increase the amount of external circulation to decrease the burden on HVAC systems -- while taking advantage of the full year moderate climate San Francisco. From this super floors create this reduction of unnecessary conditioned space -- starting with the primary floor (the plinth), and moving vertically through circulation systems. These vertical pillars connect with each tower through a bridge; and then each bridge connects to other levels at separate stair cases situated inside the secondary skin of the perforated metal towers. With this design the commercial spaces below the plinth are kept within the realm of the public space, while the semi-private space of the plinth can cater to the private housing towers.


Master Bedroom


Three Bedroom Loft

Two Bedroom Loft


Architectural Design Thesis //// Investigating Urban Systems


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Revealing A City //// Contextual Documentation & Master Plan ADS VI _ Project I Fall Semester 2009 Sandnes, Norway

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Studio Collaborative Research, Documentation, Production, Presentation. SketchUp. Vectorworks. Laser Cut Model

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Site Map of Sandnes - First Urban Plan

Site Map of Sandnes - Urban Final Plan


Conceptual Montage Visualizing the Creative City In the early stages of conceptualizing the urban complexity and diversity, visual montages were created to describe the environments we were discussing. This visual aid attempts to explain the area of the city that engages the edge of the fjord shore. Here we have aquatic and rail transportation; public space and housing; manufacturing and commercial enterprises; and new and old built forms. To create this vast interweaving of purposes, a vision of particular necessary systems and the points at which they separate is vital -- and our explanations commonly needed graphic representations before detailed dimensional plans and sections could adequately describe our intentions.


Nexus: Sandnes Cyclical Urban Research Center


Nexus: Sandnes Cyclical Urban Research Center


Architectural Design Thesis //// Developing Urban Systems


Delineating Local Infrastructure //// Nexus__Cyclical Urban Research ADS VI _ Project II Spring Semester 2010 Sandnes, Norway

Personal Concept within Greater Studio Context. Hand Modeling. Sketch-Up (V-Ray Rendering Plug-in). Hientzelmann Finalist


Nexus Urban Research

The Pinch

Site Map of Sandnes - Urban Final Plan

Site Map of The Pinch - Neighborhood Final Plan


The City Blanket and Urban Stitches The Sandnes Project consists of many opposing ideas coming together to create multiplicity and dynamic environments in the public realm or the city. To connect these parts, to create a homogenous urban dwelling, we implemented an idea of a city blanket and with stitches. The blanket is the layer of public connection that happens throughout the city, laying and folding in many directions, vertically and horizontally, to establish pedestrian, vehicular, and visual continuity in the total master plan. This layer can follow along public ramps or grand stair cases; it can be the main commercial avenue where it bleeds into transparent storefronts; it also manifests itself on the top of building rooftops or island features. In the Nexus the blanket happens 6 m above the lower service level -- stretching from the island to the rail line in the back of the section -- supporting the commercial level, with the avenue and the main courtyard of the interior space. It also exists at 12 m, where it sits over the light rail and creates the floor plane of the research facilities. Then also it covers the whole section, creating a secondary ground plane over the entire building which connects to neighboring structures. The stitches are the secondary supplements to this layer, taking service systems through the section, to other levels of the blanket and all the spaces consumed or resting in the blanket -- as in the Nexus they are the five towers spaced throughout the section. With these two concepts, the city life is not constrained by physical barriers of elements, such as walls, rail lines, building masses, and separated corridors -- one can travel more freely creatively and in turn social barriers will have less physical distinction.


Aerial Aligned with the Northern Avenue


Nexus Service Level (1m - 6m)

Primary Structural Grid is Dictated by Urban Grid

Urban Service Level Sits Under the Blanket


Commercial Avenue Level of the Nexus


Nexus Commercial Avenue Level (6m - 12m)

Diversified Stacked Program

Vertically Engaged Public Circulation


Interior Offices of the Research Center


Nexus Research Office Level (12m - 23m)

Permeable Layers of Enclosure

Autonomous Offices - Spaces with Internal Infrustructure


The City Blanket - Continuous Navigable Physical Connection

Nexus Research Offices

Urban Service Level Connection

Nexus Perspective Cross Section


Urban Commercial Avenue Level

The City Stitch- Vertical Infrastructure for Service Systems


Edge of the Fjord Inlet


Hientzelmann Finalist Presentation


I am a graduate from Kansas State University, with a Master of Architecture degree, in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design. My academic work has been published in the OZ journal: Volume 32, and Roasted Duck and Sugar Coated Potatoes: An Exploration Towards a Collaborative Future. My work and other design related experiences/interests include travel and study abroad in Europe; acting as a staff member of the academic OZ journal; volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity; participation in the student organizations Fair Trade and Unite by Design. For a year and a half I lived in Austin,TX after graduation where I worked for a small green building supply store, where I assisted in sustainable housewares and construction supply retail sales. I gained other experience with Sledd Nursry, involving myself with landscape design. In addition to this, I have done contract design work, where I assisted Wayward Designs, creating furniture. I have a passion for building, designing, and pursuing research for architectural projects; and I look forward to a career as an architectural designer.

“Americans are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be... It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.�

Vonnegut



Investigative Production_Academic Portfolio