Twisted Timbers

At the end of an amazing promenade of murals, The Village of Arts and Humanities on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, creates an amazing energy and an overpowering togetherness in the community around it. This interlocking togetherness and warmth is one of the main inspirations for Twisted Timbers. Interlocking, wood joinery is a major feature of the building; using it to filter light as well as make the eye dance around the facade.  This architecture plunges itself down into the ground and twists back up around the center core.  This core contains the circulation as well as a dramatic lightwell that pulls daylight all the way to the basement.  Functioning primarily as a recreation and meditation center for the community, this structure also plays host to local farming with a large open space on the main floor for a Food Co-op.  Twisted Timbers is a landmark at the end of this terminus that helps the Village continue it’s amazing work for the community of North Philadelphia.

Fun to Read / Fun to Build

Graphics in the architecture industry are for persuading possible clients to build a project.  Illustrations for this purpose deserve long hours and bold statements but where does this mind set go once we’ve gotten the job?

Preparing construction drawings is a daunting task to say the least and Revit doesn’t make it any easier.  Often times this becomes the most boring part of an architect’s job.  I believe that this part of the job should be an exciting process.  Drawing up the joinery and figuring out how things really go together is a huge part of architecture and we, as architects, should treasure how a building is put together.  Expressing an idea to a builder has a graphic solution contained in the building prints.  Why aren’t these graphics that we hand builders graphically appealing?  Why can’t these drawings be just as fun as our doodles that inspire design?

I would like to experiment with this idea. If the graphics to build a project are just as colorful and fun as illustrations but still maintained the level of instruction would it be a more enjoyable construction for the builder?

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Folded Pages

Folded Pages is a building inspired by origami that is situated along a heavily trafficked staircase in Yanaka-Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.  This area of the city is traveled by people heading to the market or the train, both just down the street.  The area is constantly bustling with people of all different speeds and time frames.  To meet the needs of various groups, this building offers the public literature to read and share in three hierarchically diverse spaces.

PCAC

Studio Fall ’17

The Philadelphia Center for Arts and Culture (PCAC) houses three programs: a theater, a gallery and a library. These functions are vital to the community as they are sources of culture and knowledge.  This structure is situated at the corner of Spruce and 18th Street- a prominent neighborhood of Philadelphia near Rittenhouse Square Park.

OAR

Open-Air Roppongi (OAR) creates an experience of a landscape gallery in a tight urban site. Points of interest in this area include the National Art Center, Mori Art Museum and the Roppongi Hills Museum.  All three museums address the community and art independently, but with OAR’s centralized location, these three museums become a unified procession through the Roppongi Art Triangle.