Nick Nelson's Portfolio
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DESCRIPTIONA curated collection of work done in school and abroad.
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Timber in the City
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Volker Campus, Katz Hall
For this project we were given a large block of high-density polyethylene and two pieces of art from the Egyptian display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of art. We were to create a pavilion to house these pieces year round. I chose to embrace Egyptian concepts and created a religious and monumental place for the art to reside. The carved and heavy aspect of the design provides the feeling of shelter while not overwhelming the senses due to the play of light reflected from the angles of the room.
During my time in Orvieto, Italy, the community played
a large role in my education. For the final project of the
semester I gave back what I had taken from that
experience. I created a small interactive exhibit in the
main public park of the city. The simple arches of the
structure were meant to be reminiscent of the form of
the cathedral in town, which is a major symbol of the city.
Music was another important part of the local
landscape as there was always a live band playing or
concert occurring in town. This was integrated into
this project in the form of glass bottles and a bamboo
xylophone at the end of the structure. The material
was a choice was due to the availability of bamboo
stalks close to the construction site.
The site is located in Redhook, New York which is across the bay to the south of
Manhattan Island. The building program called for a mixed use high-rise building
constructed out of timber or other wood based products. The first half of the program
called for a manufacturing area that is capable of producing wood based items. The
second was an apartment complex that would be capable of housing 230 people.
Timber in the City
Statue of Liberty
Each aspect of the building design works to create a strong central axis, towards the Statue of Libertyand a gesture from the local context to the city as a whole. The wood product manufacturing facility is the base and provides a block for the ramp to carve out of. The apartments, which are all punctured by outdoor space, are used to create 2 permeable walls surrounding the center. These elements create a strong axis, which focuses on the pride of the city, the Statue of Liberty. The focus on axis and center stems from a need in the neighborhood for a stronger community center; therefore, the addition of a public library to the building program was needed.
2. Reading Room
4. Community Garden
View from the community garden, up the ramp to the library.
Library view of the Statue of Liberty.
1968 Ford Mustang GT
Design and the production of visual objects
is something I genuinely enjoy. This is a
small example of my work outside of the
field of architecture. I modeled a 1968
Mustang GT from a few photos I found
online and rendered it directly from Rhino 5.
I then painted over the rendering in
Photoshop and added linework in Illustrator.