david o'brien portfolio
Post on 14-Feb-2016
Embed Size (px)
DESCRIPTIONArchitecture and Selected Works
DAVID OBRIENPortfolio + Resume
Evolutionary Urbanism2013 - Global
2012 - Community
2011 - City
2014 - Self
Motus ex Machina
Animation - 2014
Painting - 2013
Film - 2012
Graphic Novel - 2013
My Ears Are Ringing
Winner Iowa CSI
Frozen Music Competition2014
Existing on the site was an 8 story parking garage. Based on the development of the nearby Transbay Terminal Hosting 11 modes of mass transportation and 40+ million users per year, the infrastructural structure will become obsolete. Human nature has often been to tear down and build new, but rather than view the structure as a relic, it was instead taken as an armature with inherent good properties. It can evolve past its original use as "parking structure" and this case become "cultural institution." A music hall and various amenities
in collaboration with mark jongman-sereno and mira irawan
with properties such as a continuous circulation system and a rigid structural framework that can be pugged into and subtracted from, the formant structure was viewed simply as a street elevated into the air. as a dead end, it lay unused. by programming a music hall into the highest level, the interstitial levels in between become activated.
to successfully program the existing structure, the supporting spaces of a music hall are extrapolated along the continuous ramp system. logical agencies are given vertical relationships. through this, strategy, several program blocks were developed therein grouping like an even distribution of different programs, and the vertical block, allowing instances such as commercial spaces to be accessed simultaneously without requiring the user to traverse the entire structure in order to enter the next store.
a daylighting study using the adjacent buildings and different times of year allowed an open air atrium space to be cored from the center of the structure. this allows natural daylighting throughout the typically dark structure, and creates visual connections from the ground level up, encouraging a continued engagement. the columns and beams are allowed to remain in place to ensure structural integrity while adding to the experiential quality of the space.
the program blocks provide an opportunity for the structure to have a 24 hour life cycle. while a music hall has the ability to attract upwards of 1000 people on any given night, performances are not constant. by extrapolating the supporting programs, they are given opportunities to operate on their own.
restaurants cater to the daily lunch crowd, art galleries host their own exhibits, bars can have their own venues and shows. the system can react to various times of year and day to more aptly add the rincon hill area.
experimental music hall
back of housea porte-cochere connects the ground level to the adjacent embarcadero highway system. large vehicles can park overnight, accommodating large scale visiting acts. the back of house adjacencies are connected by a large service elevator that privatizes the arrival and departure of the artist while making connection to production services, backstage, green rooms, and practice spaces convenient.
process models final models
an innovative objects museum, like all museums, requires an audience. columbus tourism relies on a relatively niche audience, and therefore to create a viable experience for people, it must vary regulary, as the most common visitor in a small town will be the repeat visitor. seeking to create a display which varies on daily basis, this museum also intervenes upon the urban environment to affect the city externally in the same way its program operates internally.
galleries as signifier
building as circulator
louvres in motion
louvres as pavilion
the museum is designed to host multiple artists in residence. by hosting people who will actually create their work on site, the visitor gains access to daily changes. the process of production becomes as important as the product itself. the act of creation, installation, and manufacture are a part of the exhibit and possess in themselves a natural evolution that the building can equally evolve with. work shop spaces are connected to gallery spaces allowing use and handling of dangerous materials in safe areas while creating immediate access to display areas. the separation of space becomes blurred as users can be at once amidst a workshop as well as a display space. the event galleries can open and close, their shading system acting as signifier to the community indicating type and scale of event.
the artist in residence
10 12 14 1 17 17
6 7 8 7 2
lobbyrestaurant/giftshopkitchenadminofficerestroomevent spaceeventgallery 1studio 1libraryloading/storageofficeeventgallery 2rotating exhibitclassroomlaundrymechanicalartistresidencestudio 2elevator
first floor second floor third floor
columbus exisitng plazas and urban areas make it a very apt host to community events. this museum seeks to connect these spaces by providing a centrally located structure that can be host as pavilion, facilitator through exhibits and activities, and civic amenity through collections, libraries and classes.
museum as host
upper level rotating exhibit
entry and event gallery 1
this residential project located in the historic cast iron district sought to answer the question of home and ownership in a densely populated urban environment. here, the monotonous nature of neighborhoods removes a sense of identity for the individual. a thorough examination and comparison of site in soho helped determine the most ideal location to yield access to amenities, recognition of home,and seclusion from inherent unwanted stimulation in urban environments. design strategies derived from a translation of the individualized home common to suburban neighborhoods into the urban residential tower.
2014new york city, new york
in collaboration with zack zimay
stimulation density map
composite grand and wooster
broome and crosby
stimulationbroome and crosby
grand and wooster
distance from site
distance from site
urban residential autonomy
clear recognition of home
immediate accessto common space
PLANS- 1/16th scale1. garden space2. one bedroom unit3. two bedroom unit
4 447 7 7
5 5 5
4. exit stair5. atrium6. public niche7. elevator core
WEST SECTION - 1/8th scale
to achieve a sense of ownership in the occupant, multiple strategies were implemented. the units are multi-storied in order to weight one side of the building with all of the housing. this allowed for a broad street-likeinternal entrance that instigates visual recognition of the home to occur both externally and internally from a great distance. the internal street was then divided into two stacked atriums, reducing the level of pedestrian activity by 50% and catering to a transition into privacy. the remaining facade is occupied by garden spaces that act as visual relief fro the urban environment, and can be accessed literally and visually from each home.
Motus ex Machina/04
photo essays of the black family heritage farm highlight present qualities of isolation that provoke self reflection. the subtle play of materials as they act upon each other, such as water on metal and its apparent decay dictate the engagement, though imperceivable, is as potent a stimulant at any scale. throug