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Thomas Wen 90 Tinarra Crescent Kenmore Hills QLD 4069 Email: usc.thomaswen@gmail.com Tel: 0448 106 688 EDUCATION University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) B. Sci in Architectural Studies - 3D Animations Minor SOFTWARE PROFICIENCIES AutoCAD / Maya Rhinoceros Photoshop / Illustrator Word / Excel / Power Point


Architectural Works


LIGHTING STUDY: Les Bains Des Docks Spring 2009 [Plexiglass] [Wood] [Museum Board] [Foamcore] This was my first group project and we were tasked with the replication of the lighting conditions in Jean Nouvel’s Les Bains Des Docks. To achieve this, we constructed the interior out of foamcore in order to replicate the reflectivity of the pristine white walls. Plexiglass was used to represent the individual pools and a hot glue gun was applied to the underside with the plastic still attached to create the water texture. The children’s play area was assembled with painted wooden blocks. Lastly, an enclosure was constructed out of museum board in order to prevent excessive light leaks.

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MATERIALITY STUDIO: Bench Design Spring 2010 [AutoCAD] [Illustrator] [Rhinoceros] [Timber] As a group project we were tasked with creating a full scale bench as one of our materiality explorations. After experimenting with paper study models involving curves and Mobius strips, we concluded that we would create a bench consisting of a closed loop which runs the length of the bench before doubling back to the starting point. This loop was then contorted with varying angles in order to generate a form that would be able to accommodate three users both sitting and lying down. Wood was our material of choice as it provided the structural strength we required to support all three individuals. We procured large planks of wood which we then cut and sanded down to each unique angle in order to construct the bench. The bench was the sanded and stained before white paint was applied to the outer surface.


MATERIALITY STUDIO: Douglas Fir Sculpture Spring 2010 [AutoCAD] [Illustrator] [Rhinoceros] [2x2 Douglas Fir] For this scultpture project we were tasked with the creation of a sculpture from three modules derived from pieces of 2x2 Douglas Fir. Additionally, we were limited in the amounts of cuts we could apply to our modules. I decided to explored a possible method for replicating the fractal nature of a tree’s branching pattern through the creation of varying joint conditions. Two modules were employed to achieve this effect with the third module offering a further expansion into the third dimension.

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MATERIALITY STUDIO: Car Wash Spring 2010 [AutoCAD] [Illustrator] [Rhinoceros] [Paper] [Plaster] [Balsa Wood] [Museum Board] [Plexiglass] Our second year Spring studio was structured with a central focus on materiality and culminated in our final project. We were tasked with designing a car wash and our studio section approached the project by experimenting with different materials prior to choosing our invidivual partis. This began with a simple paper folding exercise which progressed to plaster casting before reverting to the traditional wood and museum board study models we were accustomed to.


My initial approach adopted an Euclidean and rational approach towards the paper folding exercise. As I began to compound my formal explorations, I began to make alterations in the form of extrusions and scalar offsets in accordance with the existing site conditions. As we continued the miniature material explorations, I adopted an idea of aggregating identicle modules. These modules take on the shape of the tetrahedron, a continuation of the triangular formal language from the previous paper and plaster studies. These eventually gave form to a space truss comprised of tetrahedrons that functioned both as the primary structure and the space defining element in my final design.


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HOUSING STUDIO: The Proletariat Fall 2011 [AutoCAD] [Illustrator] [Rhinoceros] [Wood] [Museum Board] [Plexiglass] In the Fall semester of our third year, we concentrated on varying degrees of housing. This project sought to challenge us by asking us to design four units (consistent of two two-bedroom units, one three-bedroom unit and one four-bedroom unit) on a tight lot in South Pasadena. In my parti explorations, I was greatly intrigued by the idea of a community within a community. This manifested itself in the communal garden in the rear and shared kitchens between the two-bedroom units. As the project developed, I created another goal for myself which was to create an affordable residence through the use of elements such as wet walls and shared dimensions between the units.


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Braeswood Studios

WHO WE ARE

WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THIS

Braeswood Studios is an established architecture firm with years of experience in housing development. At Braeswood Studios, we pride ourselves on socially conscious design and we work tirelessly to push the boundaries of conventional housing design. After completing a myriad of projects in 2009, we are proud to present to you our next commercial venture for 2010: The Proletariat Units.

By supporting this venture, not only will there be a sizeable amount of monetary returns for your investment but you will also be supporting a new movement that puts user experience at the forefront of architectural design.

At Braeswood Studios, we believe in giving back what we take from nature. That is why our goal for the Proletariat Units is to implement green roofs to recreate the green spaces that the building has stripped from nature. The roof gardens will also be accessible to residents and will present a pleasant communal space.

WHAT IS THE PROLETARIAT UNITS Situated in the heart of South Pasadena, the Proletarian Units will feature four units that cater to a varying demographic. Our goal for the Proletariat Units is to create a pleasant, comfortable environment that first and foremost caters to the inhabitants. What this entails is processing data regarding site conditions such as noise, sun, wind, etc. in order to create a site strategy that will work to optimise the units for the benefit of their tenants.

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN This site strategy will then be transformed into a design that will not only incorporate such factors but will also deal with the overarching issue present in architecture today: sustainability. As socially and environmentally conscious citizens of the world, Braeswood Studios believes that good design should work with nature, not against it. By implementing sustainable principles, we hope to reduce the environmental impact on the planet while creating a comfortable habitat that reduces the need for active architectural systems such as air conditioning.

Working towards a brighter future.

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COMMUNAL The project site is the converging point for numerous sources of sound such as playgrounds, trains, cars and pedestrians and it is critical for us at Braeswood Studios to adapt our designs to account for each individual factor for the benefit of our inhabitants.

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[VERSATILITY] The strength of Sejima’s project lies in its ability [NEIGHBOURHOOD]

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[SUBURBIA] OMA aims to create a condensed form of suburbia [MASS PRODUCTION]

Kazuyo Sejima Gifu, Japan

Neutra’s project focuses on creating a juxtoposition between a tight knit neighbourhood and individual privacy. Unlike most of the other enclosed projects, the Strathmore apartments maintain a certain distance between individual units while linking them via a series of walkways to maintain the neighbourhood link.

Gregory Ain Los Angeles, USA

The ingenuity of Ain’s design of the Dunsmuir Flats is the staggering of each apartment. This allows Ain to align the flats longtitudinally along the site and also creates space for the private terraced gardens. This works to establish a sense of privacy and individuality for each apartment.

Moshie Safdie Quebec, Canada

Habitat ‘67 is the realisation of an architect’s conceptual idea. The apartment complex suceeds in establishing a three dimensional conglomeration of rectangular units in a way that Gifu has failed to acheive. The interlocking units work to create a monoloth that could theoretically aggregate to infinity in all directions.

B.I.G. Copenhagen, Denmark

UNITE D'HABITATION

O.M.A. Fukuoka, Japan

BIG’s project addresses the difficulties with constructing an apartment complex on a sloped mountain surface and they have created a form reminescent of the terraced rice patties constructed by numerous communities around the world. The overlapping layers of apartment units creates an interesting juxtoposition of public and private.

Le Corbusier Marseille, France

by styling each unit in their housing complex after the characteristics often associated with suburbia: individuality and privacy within your own domain without forced community interaction. This is accomplished via walling off each individual apartment unit and limited interaction to shared corridoors.

Corbusier’s Unite D’Habitation endeavoured to experiment with the condensation of a community into one superstructure. Corbu also saw this as an opprtunity to address the issue of housing shortages in post World War Europe by designing each unit as a block that could be mass produced in factories prior to installation into an established framework.

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to adapt it’s program to fit varying types of programmatic requirements. The individual rooms are capable of being aggregated in any format to not only accomodate for a larger apartment but can begin to span multiple floors to create double heighed spaces and level changes. Unfortunately, this is only a two dimensional effect as all the units must still be aligned in one verticle plane.

Richard Neutra Los Angeles, USA

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