B.Arch. Advanced Studios 4
Robert Millonzi, for Mies van der Rohe Visiting Professor Werner Sobek. The work, called "Atmosphere Pavilion," represents a concept designed to explore city light cycles and their qualities. A part of the Bright Green Expo, the pavilion specifically focuses on light conditions of the sky in Chicago, and their correlation with the “12-hour city” of Dhaka, Bangladesh. When it is noon in Chicago, the pavilion visitors will experience midnight conditions in Dhaka, and vice versa.
Seth Ellsworth. This project, "Tree Studios II: Work/Live Artist Housing," located on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, makes use of the durability and modularity of precast concrete construction.
Michael Moceri. The goal of this semester-long project is to gain an understanding of the whole process from start to finish, developer to architect, real estate agent to end user. The work includes an eight-acre master plan development with over 4 million sf of program and a highly investigated and detailed high-rise hotel.
Kyle Bigart, ARCH 417 (studio VII) with Adjunct Associate Professor Karla Sierralta. The River Pure Barge is a visual and physical symbol of what is possible if we put in the effort to clean up the heavily polluted Chicago River. Chicago river water will be sent through a purification process to remove all harmful substances. Then the water will be put inside the barge and a wetland established; the wetland will preserve the clean water by a natural, chemical-free biological process, and double as a place to swim and interract with the now pure river water. Respecting the clean river environment created on the barge, program components are float in the wetland, free to move, sway, and react with nature. Components are completely assembled, and therefore can be disassembled to be a figurative, and literal, temporary inhabitant of the ecosystem, with the overall goal being to sink the barge once the river has been reestablished as a healthy and thriving environment.
Edgar R. Rodriguez, ARCH 419 (studio IX). The "Horizontal Mixed-use Center" studio project is an exploration into experiential architecture as taught by Adjunct Professor Steven Brubaker. The mixed-use center is composed of five personally significant experiential topics. These topics are explored and are then translated into architectural spaces. The experiential spaces are organized in relation to each other and to their site along the Chicago River on the Loop's northwest periphery.
Matthew Byrne, "Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Extension." Byrne’s project continues vertically the Hirshhorn’s circular geometries with a dynamic sectional strategy of arc floor plates which open up the museum floor-to-floor and visually connect the various galleries. Both the new and old building are covered with a Chinese lantern-like skin to integrate them with the monolithic buildings of the National Mall. This outer skin is a screen, which during varying times of the day or night, reveals glimpses of the museum’s cultural contents at various levels. 1 of 2.
Matthew Byrne, "Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Extension." The project’s mid-level “Mixing Chamber” floor mediates new building and old, indoor and outdoor gallery spaces, and juxtaposes Modern and Contemporary Art. 2 of 2.
Samantha Spencer, ARCH 418 (studio VIII) taught by Adjunct Associate Professor Matthew Pickner. The studio project is an extension to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Spencer’s proposal is an open stack of floor plates which respond to the pull of specific National Mall orientations (Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, etc.). An open-air zone with a sculpture garden and cafe is created between new and existing building. Each new floor is punctured with irregular-shaped doughnut holes and glass “pod” stair penetrations to create a sense of a larger unified multi-floor gallery precinct. The extension’s “wobbly” section and its fully transparent spatial organization create new types of exhibition spaces for Special Exhibits, Contemporary Art, and New Media; spaces responsive to the speculative nature of Art yet to be made. 1 of 2.
Samantha Spencer. 2 of 2.