Glass blocks, common in nearby post-war era buildings, are scaled up to create a dramatic translucent facade for this Teen Center in Temescal, Oakland. The graphic and concentric plan alters at each level to create varied work spaces while circulation spirals inward and upward. Offices, educational spaces, and the auditorium are housed in the core for additional privacy while the space between the core and glass facade is reserved for more open and flexible programs like the gallery, reading room, and large roof terrace.
BAUHAUS GLASS WORKSHOP
Within the Bauhaus, radiators are installed high on walls in prominent locations traditionally reserved for art. The Glass Workshop takes an additional step and turns the radiator into architecture. The radiator-walls are completely functional: they work to disperse heat from the furnaces in production spaces into the rest of the building in the winter and incorporate geothermal technology to cool the building in the summer.
*featured in Dessau Effect and UC Berkeley Graduate Student Work Book 2016
Inspired by Robin Evans' essay The Developed Surface, this project investigates the mechanics of a developed surface drawing and attempts to reconcile the drawing type's conflicting projections in order to create a new space for dining. I have chosen to spatialize and exaggerate these qualities by reimagining the dining room at Loos’ Villa Muller. The room is unfolded along new lines which create unexpected material distinctions and combinations when refolded. Symmetry is abandoned and chaotic geometries emerge that reframe the room, furniture, and typically formal dining experience.
The term Reuse-Value is a play on Alois Regal’s concept that the value of a structure is evaluated on the basis of its beauty, age, and ties to history. Reuse-Value asserts that there is also worth in buildings and objects abilities to evolve, convert, and extend their lifetimes as new things. In a survey of five cities (Havana, Rome, Lima, Berlin, and Chicago) I cataloged the reinvention of buildings, appliances, furniture, and materials spurred by controversial histories and everyday ingenuity. Full proposal here.
*featured in Wurster Gallery Returning Fellows Exhibition 2017
Victorian homes, big-box retailers, curtain-wall clad office buildings, and small storefronts form the fabric of Oakland, California, but over time as opportunity allows or necessity arises these programs and their traditional spaces begin to drift and overlap. Conversions are ad-hoc and opportunistic. They range from ordinary to absurd and include: commercial lobby to bedroom, office hallway to driving lane, construction crane to stairwell, retail shelving to building foundations, and server room energy reused to heat a public pool.
Proposal for a Shotgun house in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rooms are formed by primitive-ish volumes rotated and packed into the typical shotgun house dimensions. Intersections between these forms and building’s extents create openings for the entrance and windows while a mostly blank facade obscures the fantastical interior.