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Architecture and Selected Works

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  • DAVID OBRIENPortfolio + Resume

  • Evolutionary Urbanism2013 - Global

    2012 - Community

    2011 - City

    2014 - Self

    Delineate Events

    Residential Autonomy

    Motus ex Machina

    /03

    /04

    /02

    /01

    ARCHITECTURE

    CONTENTS

  • Selected Works

    Animation - 2014

    Painting - 2013

    Film - 2012

    Graphic Novel - 2013

    My Ears Are Ringing

    Prospect Theism

    Retribution

    Scum-Mag

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    CONTENTS

  • Evolutionary Urbanism

    Winner AIAS

    Winner Iowa CSI

    Frozen Music Competition2014

    Structural Competition2013

    /01

    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

    2014San Francisco

    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.

    concept

  • transportation

    zoning

  • south elevation

    west elevation

    east elevation

    north elevation

  • program diagram

    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.

    lobby

    cafe

    library

    admin

    roof garden

    lobby

  • restaurant

    experimentalmusic hall

    art gallery

    Bar

    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.

    art gallery

    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

  • Delineate Events/02

    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.

    2013columbus, indiana

  • tourism

    globally

    Nationally

    locally

  • urban interactions

    plaza connections

    galleries as signifier

    building as circulator

  • event gallery

    open louvre

    closed louvre

    louvres in motion

    louvres as pavilion

  • gallery concept

  • 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

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    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

  • Residential Autonomy/03

    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

  • analysis

    outdoor recreation

    indoor recreation

    dense populations

    transportation

    composite map

    stimulation density map

  • amenities10 min.walkingradius

    groceries

    groceries

    outdoor space

    outdoor space

    transportation

    transportation

    composite grand and wooster

    broome and crosby

    composite

    densityvs.

    necessity

  • stimulationbroome and crosby

    grand and wooster

    distance from site

    distance from site

    soci

    al acc

    ess

    soci

    al acc

    ess

  • urban neighborhood

    suburban neighborhood

    densification

    urban residential autonomy

    dynamic daylighting

    immediate outdooraccess

    clear recognition of home

    immediate accessto common space

  • massing /approach

  • 6th floor

    PLANS- 1/16th scale1. garden space2. one bedroom unit3. two bedroom unit

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    4. exit stair5. atrium6. public niche7. elevator core

    3rd floor

    2nd floor

  • 2nd floor

    WEST SECTION - 1/8th scale

    2nd floor

    3rd floor

    6th floor

  • 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.

    transition

  • 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