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Water Lab

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA

Category:
Design

Type of Project:

Freshwater Education Center

Date:
Fall 2017

Located on along the edge of the Ohio River on a post-industrial island, the Water Lab serves to increase awareness about river ecology and the city’s history.  The building is seamlessly divided into a Welcome-Reception area, Gallery spaces, and private usage and administration, and hangs over the water to connect the mainland with the surrounding river.

 

While playing with indoor-outdoor space through its metal fin facade, the main body of the building is made of fabric-cast concrete, which breathes a new life into the material so that it will respond uniquely to the passage of time. Made in collaboration with Stephanie Smid.

ReZone

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Category:
Design


Type of Project:
Commuter Housing


Date:
Fall 2016

Located along the Allegheny River, the project explores the intersection of a living Ecomachine with commuter housing to implement Parametric design and establish a new adaptable morphology. Through studies of the area, the idea of the Riparian Zone was explored on various scales ranging from nutrient cycles and plant root structures to the larger ecosystem at play.

 

The project meanders water into the site to take full advantage of the Riparian Zone’s benefits, and by creating a system of sub-basins for water filtration and collection, housing is integrated into the landscape and woven into the natural flows of the riparian system. Made in collaboration with Miranda Ford.

E·pod

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Category:
Design

 

Type of Project:
Celestial Observation Shelter

 

Date:
Spring 2017

e·pod rethinks the basis of a shelter through the dissection of its basic form, experience, and function. Serving as both a teaching center and camping shelter, the project combines aspects of community gathering, sharing, and individual reflection centered around celestial observation.

 

The shelter is broken down into a hangar and mobile sleeping pods, both wrapped with an outer layer of metal decking. Inspired by the tracks of the decking, the pods utilize the rails to take advantage of adjustable spatial configurations and varying views to the sky for inhabitants. Third-place winner of the Epic Metals Design Competition, and made in collaboration with Kelly Li.

Environmental Charter School

Location:
Pittsburgh, PA


Category:
Design


Type of Project:
Middle School


Date:
Spring 2017

The school’s design bridges neighborhood divides by organizing the program into private zones of specific school facilities and public zones designed to be accessible for use by the community, including a project resource center and maker space.

 

The entry of the school also allows the two zones of the building to be operated independently of each other.  The design of balconies, openings, and green roofs reinforce the connection between the building and the community, aids in solar shading and water collection, helps the school become a device for learning, and also showcase the learning and life happening within the school to the outside community.