T OVA H K A I S E R Architecture Portfolio | 2018
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Spivins Culinary School
CWRU Medical Library
JO North Rec Center
01 | Spivins Culinary School The Spivins Culinary School is a semester long project with the objective of designing a campus master plan for a prestigious Culinary institute. This project presents many challenges and endless possibilities. I focused on giving these buildings multiple roles that contribute to a cohesive well designed unit. Every device employed should contribute to the whole and have multiple readings. The unique site has a forty foot drop which made for interesting sectional opportunities and transparency through the buildings. The campus included a library, dormitory, cafe , book store, school building, administration building, restaurant, and center for Greek life. As the project progressed, I discovered good design considers all parts of the whole. The sectional change of the site became an advantage, facilitating views and connectivity across the campus. I saw an opportunity to study and understand the importance of designing in section.
Site Section | The extreme sectional changes of the site presented a unique design op-
portunity. The buildings were designed considering this site condition, and serve to imitate the sectional drop of the hill internally. The central building shown in the drawing is the library. The room suspended over the steep drop off holds the small book collection. This armature connects campus symbolically, and literally as it aligns with the campus entrance and exit allowing views to permeate through the building. The sectional change of the site was an obstacle at first, but quickly became a vehicle for decision making throughout the entire process.
Series of Courtyards
Series of Plazas
Progression of Paths
02 | CWRU Medical Library The abstract approach to designing the medical library resulted in a “proto- building”. The intent was to develop a system for documenting the high volume of information inherent to a medical library, while simultaneously developing a narrative for the building program. The system began by arranging blocks sized according to the Fibonacci math sequence as a way to create forms inspired by Malevich’s architectons. These blocks came to represent program spaces and elements. A block ranges from representing a small object, such as a book, to a large auditorium space. I drew inspiration from Rem Koolhaas’s Bibliotheque Nationale when designing a circulatory system. The precedent inspired figural voids, creating different spatial phenomenons within the fabric of the Fibonacci blocks. The final result is a building abstraction
that analyzes the qualities of a library and presents a new way to communicate information.
“Proto” Plan and Section | Week one
Final Plan and Section | Week 8
Building and Site Axon
“Proto Section” | Documenting Density of Information
JO North Rec Center
The site for this project was on campus at Ohio State. The familiar site made the project more interesting and was carefully considered during the design. I created a skin for the building that would wrap the system of shifted spaces. The skin hugs the building and opens up to allow light and specific views. There is a gradual progression from private to public as the skin opens up and pulls away from the linearity of the walls. The urban edge of the building has fewer perforations in the building skin but allows views of circulation to pedestrians approaching. The south facing side of the projects oriented towards campus and allows the exercise spaces to flood with light as the skin opens up and pulls away from the building. This allows for large expanses of open public space. The shifted bars hold prescribed program such as basketball courts and turf fields. The shifting of the form creates a series of mezzanines to be used for all forms of exercise.
On-Campus Pedestrians Off-Campus Pedestrians
Tovah Kaiser Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio