This extraordinary project, a long time in the making since first visualized in 2004, resolves deficiencies that have existed throughout the school's history. It provides a long-needed lecture hall of 120 seats and a place of arrival, interaction, and exhibition. This addition / renovation, designed and built in twelve months by eighteen fifth-year graduate students under the instructional leadership of Distinguished Professor Dan Rockhill, is transformational. it has given the school a place of professional / educational community that will significantly enrich our culture.
The Forum is a beautifully conceived and crafted work of architecture accomplished within the milieu of an extraordinarily high degree of difficulty in site and regulatory constraints, functional and aesthetic needs and standards, and the time pressures of graduating seniors entering professional careers.
-Dean John C. Gaunt, FAIA
The CPH13 was designed by myself during My studies at The Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The chair is an example of my eagerness to work with natural materials in the most honest straightforward way. The frame is constructed from solid maple, and assembled into a basic geometric frame. The frame is not only inherently strong but iconic in its shape as-well. The joints are emphasized and honest threw their Mortise and tenon connections. The chair is finished in a single continuous length of Flag Halyard. The weave becomes the chair’s hallmark by highlighting the way in which it was woven in a honest and straightforward way.
The Hub is a symbolic icon in the city that provides facilities and temporary shelters for the homeless and is also a way for the city to embrace the homeless and help spread awareness of homelessness. The bathrooms and showers are an integral part of the Hub as a way for the homeless to have a means to take care of themselves, their hygiene, and have a proper place to use the bathroom, which is often lacking in most city centers. The Hub is not just for the homeless and in that way also serves a greater public service and is a place where city dwellers can have a shared space with the homeless. It’s meant to embrace the homeless in a city, metaphorically as well as physically by providing some of the minimum requirements necessary for a safe and healthy life.The Hub is a symbolic icon in the city that provides facilities and temporary shelters for the homeless and is also a way for the city to embrace the homeless and help spread awareness of homelessness. The bathrooms and showers are an integral part of the Hub as a way for the homeless to have a means to take care of themselves, their hygiene, and have a proper place to use the bathroom, which is often lacking in most city centers. The Hub is not just for the homeless and in that way also serves a greater public service and is a place where city dwellers can have a shared space with the homeless. It’s meant to embrace the homeless in a city, metaphorically as well as physically by providing some of the minimum requirements necessary for a safe and healthy life.
Q-Castle is located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood on the corner of North Ave and Sedwick Ave. The site was a shortened lot dimensioning at 25'x75', which had major impacts on the design. The project could only really come to fruition after considering all zoning, building codes, building typologies and construction methods for the challenging site. The main vision for the project was a open building not only horizontally but vertically. The only way this could be realized and still meet code was to classified the project as a single family occupancy. A Live Above the Shop plan was established with a code compliant store front on the first floor and a residential above. After understanding what was possible on the site their needed to be a way to organize the building. Two ways were established, one was a module was introduced; a 2'x4' grid of limestone was used to organized the facade and shape the building. The interior was organized by a cabinet that ran throughout the whole building. It functioned as a way to organized utilities, services and circulation to allow the floor plates to remain free and open.
Chicago’s Humble park was once know for it’s famous velodrome and large cycling following. Which one custom bike builder wanted to bring back to Humble park, along with the cycling nostalgia and heritage. This set a stage for a small bike workshop and exhibit space for built bicycles. The project began with a predetermined structural system and building material, with an attribute that had to be applied to that material. Are team was given masonry, a cmu structure with a brick façade with a attributes of lightness. The question of how to make a brick building with CMU structure light was the driving force behind the project. That question became inherently harder when are total allowance for glazing was 20% out of are 13’x18’x10’-8” structure. We started to answer the question by first looking at the brick itself, we realized the key to making the building look light was make the inherently large masonry wall appear to be thin. We decided to go with a roman brick style for its small 1-5/8” exterior face. Next by stacking the bricks in a solider stack bond pattern it gives the appearance that the bricks are not structural and light. By coloring the horizontal mortar the same color as the bricks to emphasize the vertical movement and de-emphasize the appearance of stacking Also gives the illusion of lightness. By paneling the bricks and eliminating all bricked corners it allowed us to emphasize the brick as a thin element independent from the cavity wall and CMU. We pushed this idea by extending the brick one course above the roof, and pulled the brick past the corners on two sides. Next we investigated how the buildings form, shape and layout could produce lightness qualities. Going with a cross symmetrical layout we were able to put two operational corner windows providing natural light and ventilation but also a sense of openness and airiness that added to the building light qualities. Adding doors to reaming to corners opposite of the windows not only provided access from either end but lateral support for the structure. The building was also elevated off grade by 6” and given a 4” overhang to hide the foundation walls and give the appearance that the building was floating. On the inside the CMU structure was left exposed and had a relief pattern on it, to play with the effects of light and shadow to diminish the natural monolithic qualities of CMU and to provide a nice back drop for the shop.