A private study for two attorneys working in the North light at the foot of a hillside. Clerestory windows diffuse light, proportion and orient the space, and frame views up the hill.
Interior View to the North
Clerestory windows and folded roof planes diffuse light, proportion and orient the workspace, and frame views up the hill.
Interior View to the South
Clerestory windows and folded roof planes diffuse light to create a workspace with a view to the second floor elevator landing.
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Concept Design In-Progress Research
This project investigates building a house on ecologically sensitive dunes in northwest Puerto Rico for a surfer and landscape architect researching dune ecology. The design challenge becomes making a project that works like a seashell, able to be occupied part of the year, vacant at other times, and capable of being washed through by future ocean storms similar to Hurricane Sandy. Sand flow patterns inform the geometry of this house, and its curved concrete walls are designed to distribute and redirect ocean forces on the site.
Interior View to the North
A house designed for ocean storm surge on the sand dunes.
Erosion flow patterns and their traces inform the design of the house.
A new retreat for a London family. The Chinati Foundation and the vast expanse of West Texas inform the massing and parti. A covered front courtyard and open rear courtyard provide privacy while shaping expansive views. Subtle plays with siting and perspective are achieved by mirroring the ground topography in the outer roof edge, while in the inner rear courtyard roof remains horizontal. The house thus performs differently as an object in the landscape than as an optical device for viewing the landscape. Daylighting is a primary overlay, shaping circulation and programmed spaces.
View to the North
A covered front courtyard is framed between the house and carport massing on a rural desert site.
View to the South
An open rear courtyard provides privacy and wind protection while shaping expansive views to the high desert horizon.
An existing ranch house from the 1960s is to have its ceiling removed and its roof bisected, lifted, and reoriented due South. The chamfered addition allows for the pool to be oriented East-West for maximum daylight exposure. Following Robin Evan’s concept of Mies van der Rohe’s paradoxical symmetries in the Barcelona Pavilion, the horizon is framed by cantilevered canopies above and the pool below, which work in concert to overlay diffuse light on the ceiling surfaces.
Exterior View to the West
Operable shading trellis and pool edge frame the Pacific horizon.
Interior View to the Southwest
Existing roof is bifurcated, the ceiling is removed, and a new ceiling is lifted and supported by a Vierendeel truss system.
Shadow Box Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
Referencing Toyo Ito’s Serpentine Pavilion and my MPhil research on Le Corbusier’s Tower of Shadows as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cambridge, this box geometry is overlaid with construction lines, cut, folded inwards, closed, and glazed to reveal the interplay of light and shadow. Place is established by the shadow patterns overlay on the ceiling, walls, and floor. Powder coated sheet steel to be CNC cut, folded, and welded in position.
Drawings and Model Photos
Pavilion box geometry is overlaid with construction lines, cut, folded inwards, closed, and glazed to reveal the interplay of light and shadow.
Sunlight reveals the pavilion's folded surface geometries and shadows.