Instructor: Victoria McReynolds

Architecture Design Studio V


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Vertical Port

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Vertical Port Concept

Vertical Port Program

Exercise 1 - Material

Exercise 1 - Data Sheet

Exercise 2 - Context

Armanovs, Sarah
Beach, Kelsey
Cabello, Sergio
Encerrado, Xavier
Felty, Josh
Jeffery, Joseph
Langdon, Jonathan
Lozano, Cristal
Lozano, Chris
Madrilles, Alberto
Norris, Michael
Roa, Enrique
Rodriguez, Guillermo


Final Review Content

site images
site image contact sheet
27”x8” site diagrams
11”x17” site synthesis diagram
8”x8” concept diagrams
8”x8” health club diagram
8”x8” humidity program diagram

36”x8”, 1/16” site plan with ground floor plan + regulating lines
1/8” longitudinal section
1/8” (3) cross sections
1/2” wall section

4”x36” (3) light + idea demonstration images

1/16” concept models
1/16” catalystic model
1/4” (2) threshold models
1/8” project model

  • additional diagrams and drawings can be added as needed

--Victoria McReynolds 19:13, 23 April 2013 (CDT)

Remaining 2-week Schedule

Continuously work on the 1/8" project model, all effort must have a physical output as an end goal, work with time deadlines to better manage your focus and energy, commit to envelop enclosures in order to refine and modify to localized conditions.

Wednesday (4/24):

review sections @ 1/8" + 1/2"

Friday (4/26):

review section refinements
1/8" project model base due

Monday (4/29):

1/16" site plan drawing with ground floor plan at Western Ave, regulating lines

Wednesday (5/1):

review light and idea demonstrated images

Friday (5/3):

all prints due

Sunday (5/5) @ 7:00pm - Pin up + Clean up

Monday (5/6) @ 8:30am - final reviews

--Victoria McReynolds 19:10, 23 April 2013 (CDT)

Idea Reinforcing

Working through your 1/8" model, develop and tune envelop assemblies to create spatial conditions which reinforce the main idea of your project. Demonstrate performance of this project idea through the light documentation series. Introduce various implementations of your idea as it may relate to orientation, program, alignment with regulating conditions, axial positions to context, or proximity to edges for example. Strive to materialize the performance of your idea at all scales, from the larger site to the detail door. Explore different effects by creating quick test models either as attached shell studies or isolated project areas. Incorporate various materials to achieve varying effects.

For Friday we will review the development of your 1/8" project model and light performance images as they relate to demonstrating the ideas of your project.

For Friday, 4/19
1/8" scale project model - Envelop Conditioning
4"x36" light performance - winter solstice
4"x36" light performance - equinox
4"x36" light performance - summer solstice

--Victoria McReynolds 21:54, 18 April 2013 (CDT)

Envelope Conditioning

How the light moves across the building envelope into the program spaces should support the larger ideas you are working towards in your project. Use the light documentation images of the two solstice and equinox to identify opportunities of orientation, thresholds, or regions within the room of observation. Condition the envelope to better accommodate program difference, particularly between the private living spaces and the public gym areas.

Natural sunlight offers the best light contrast and color as would be expected in Seattle from June to August. When staging in a photo booth use an LED project to retain the parallel light received from the sun. Use the sun peg chart and context model to document accurate shadow conditions for your site. Retake light performance images to demonstrate how the envelope has evolved to better convey your project idea.

For Wednesday, 4/17
1/8" scale project model - Envelop Conditioning
4"x36" light performance - winter solstice
4"x36" light performance - equinox
4"x36" light performance - summer solstice

--Victoria McReynolds 14:24, 16 April 2013 (CDT)

Material Articulation

Develop the building sections to include material articulation and assembly. Start with the most spatial complex cross-section. Utilize line weights and types to describe what the building is constructed of. Indicate different climate controlled spaces, such as the steam room, sauna, and reception, in each section through the various material used.

For Friday, 4/5
Materially Developed cross-section drawings @ 1/8" scale

--Victoria McReynolds 16:59, 4 April 2013 (CDT)


Provide two 1/4" threshold models for discussion on Monday, one from Western Avenue to the interior and one from the Bay to the interior. Draw from your larger organization strategies documented in your regulating section and catalyst model to suggestion similarities and differences articulated between the two threshold models. Each model is 16' wide, the Bay model has a maximum length of 144' while the Western Avenue model does not have a maximum length. Both models are to include at minimum 1" of modeled earth at the base, the Western Avenue model is to have earth behind the retaining wall. At 1/4" models are to articulate various structure (primary, secondary, tertiary), surface differences and appropriate material thicknesses. Make use of your required studio texts for architectural standards.

The Architect's Studio Companion by Edward Allen and Joseph Lano,
Fundamentals of Building Construction by Edward Allen, John Wiley,
Building Construction Illustrated by Francis Ching,
Building Codes Illustrated by Francis Ching, John Wiley and Sons

For Monday, 3/25
(1) Bay Threshold model @ 1/4" scale
(1) Completed Western Ave Threshold model @ 1/4" scale

--Victoria McReynolds 17:30, 23 March 2013 (CDT)

Solidifying the Idea

Set a hierarchy within your regulating section that identifies your IDEA. Compliment this section with your SYNTHESIZED CATALYSTIC MODEL. See the two post below, "Scaling Out + In" and "Catalystic Model" for description on Regulating Section conditions and Catalystic model scale and intention. This is a focus on the over arching idea that will inform and influence decisions moving forward in the project.

Refine your THRESHOLD MODEL to incorporate your solidified idea. The model is @ 1/4" scale and is a 16' width study of the transition from Western Avenue to the interior of your project. The length and height of the model is dependable on your project. Include at minimum 1" of modeled earth at the base and behind the retaining wall to demonstrate a relationship to the site.

For Wednesday, 3/20
(1) Refine Regulating Section @ 1/32" scale, 36" width
(1) Synthesized Catalystic Model, with ground and retaining wall, two hands
(1) Refine Threshold model @ 1/4" scale, from Western Ave to interior

--Victoria McReynolds 15:08, 21 March 2013 (CDT)

Scaling Out + In

The Vertical Port project will continue to develop simultaneously through the two extreme scales of details and context. Wednesday (3/20) will mark the submission of your Regulating Section and single revised Catalystic Model to solidify your idea, position and goal for this project. The Regulating Section is to identify internal and contextual organizing features which your architecture will respond to, where your revised Catalystic Model is to make spatial the organizing features of edges and enclosures.

Reference your 1/4" threshold model for indicators of how your idea is executed.
All work is to legibly have your name, title of the drawing, scale, north arrow if applicable and other annotated information as applicable.

For Wednesday, 3/20
(1) Regulating Section @ 1/32" scale, 36" width
(1) Catalystic Model, with ground and retaining wall, two hands
ALL mid-project work and progress work is to be intelligently and intentionally pinned up.

--Victoria McReynolds 16:32, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Catalystic Models

It is critical that all of you become more agile in your ability to output interests and ideas of space into the three dimensional world. Quickness in modeling requires that you commit to an idea, which is one of many ideas, and allow the product of your modeling to determine the value and performance of your assembly. Do not over think, speculate, or project expectations of spatial performance. Instead, allow models and drawings to provide information of your ideas on scale, proximity, density, expansion, contraction, extension, etc.

The exercise for Friday is to produce 5 idea based models. These models are a consolidation of the best qualities you presented in your review. These are not program, building or floor plan models. These are models that articulate organization strategies of space and enclosures. Use these models to test 5 various organization strategy regarding your interest. All 5 models are to be equally developed in complexity, and utilize a range of translucent and opaque materials. These are scaleless but have an orientation to the retaining wall, ground plane and adjacent context buildings and are to be held between two hands, roughly 4"x4"x8".

For Friday, 3/8
5 interest based models testing different organization strategies of the same interest

--Victoria McReynolds 23:05, 6 March 2013 (CST)

Program climate introduction

Evaluate your program based on humidity levels and allocate enclosure strategies according to climate control needs. Spaces of high humidity, such as the steam rooms and bathrooms will require more enclosure control than the climate flexible spaces of a reception area or work space. Create program plan drawings at 1/16" scale on clear film to overlay above your site plan drawing. At minimum you are to have three program plan drawings, one for each concept organization strategy.

Diagram your determined health center program spaces organized as a program spectrum diagram, similar to OMA's example for the Seattle Public Library diagram. Similarly, create a humidity diagram arranging your program from the most humid spaces to the least humid spaces. Both diagrams are to exist on an 8"x8" page format. Monochromatic color use with no gradations.

Refer to the Review Content list below with appropriate page size formats for your drawings.

--Victoria McReynolds 17:18, 1 March 2013 (CST)

Project Progress Reviews

Next Monday (3/4) and Wednesday (3/6) mark progress reviews of the Vertical Port project. Utilize these reviews to receive feedback and direction on your three conceptual schemes. Project presenters for Monday are: Kelsey, Luis, Josh, Jonathan, Jose, Michael and Guillermo. Project presenters for Wednesday are: Sarah, Sergio, Xavier, Joey, Cristal, Alberto and Enrique. Presenting order is still to be determined.

For Friday revise concept models and complete a technical site plan drawing @ 1/16" scale, landscape format page size 36"x8". Demonstrate line weight and line type technique. Reference Enric Miralles and Richard Meier site plans as examples of excellent line weight and line type use.

Progress Review Content:
site images
27"x8" site diagrams
11"x17" site synthesis diagram
concept models @ 1/16"
8"x8" concept diagrams @ 1/16"
36"x8" site plan @ 1/16"
8"x8" heath club & humidity program diagrams
program plan drawings @ 1/16"

--Victoria McReynolds 13:05, 28 February 2013 (CST)

Site Diagrams + Synthesis

Complete your revised site diagrams of the observed conditions on site. Create a synthesis diagram that graphically illustrates the site conditions you will respond to throughout your project.

The site diagrams are to be printed on a 8" tall, 27" wide sheet formatted with the plan above the section diagram, as outlined in the image below.

Wednesday, 2/20
27"x8" diagram strip, each diagram 9" width, plan diagram ~ 5.8" tall

Circulation Diagram: plan & section
Edges Diagram: plan & section
Water + Land Diagram: plan & section

11"x17" Synthesis Diagram of key existing conditions you value

--Victoria McReynolds 19:06, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Site Diagraming

For Friday, complete the site diagramming exercise. Develop six diagrams (3 plans, 3 sections) that materialize site systems and characteristics. Diagrams are to be completed digitally and should synthesize a larger observation you have of circulation, massing and water+land relationships. Identify areas and territories of space that contain, define or embody the condition of observation.

--Victoria McReynolds 01:58, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Seattle Research Revised

Graphically modify, compliment or make-new your Seattle research in order to incorporate observations gain from visiting the city. Lessons and experiences registered during the three day visit are to exist in studio as diagrams or drawings that places your recordings in context to space.

Additionally, provide 8.5x11 contact sheets of your site / city photos taken during the visit. Adobe Bridge is useful in organizing and creating the contact sheet for your images.

For Wednesday, 2/13
Revised Seattle Research
8.5"x11" contact sheet of Seattle images

--Victoria McReynolds 22:24, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Seattle Studio Trip

Studio draft itinerary found here,
with accompanying google map,

Basic necessities:
student id
sketch book
drawing utensiles
site documentation
measuring device / tape
rain coat
seattle map

Material Research Compilation

Organize content in 8"x17" format in the order of manufacturer overview, material data physical properties, material data assembly properties and material data life cycle, last page is reserved for the Material Analysis Data Sheet, bibliography and your name. For Friday, have all content and the total number of pages you will use printed and pinned up for discussion. No new content is allowed between Friday and Monday, only revisions and formatting issues will be the focus.

For Friday, general formatting of text: is Courier New font size 10, images: between one to two tall per page. Any suggestions for formatting titles and images layout should be kept to one page only. The remaining pages are to be formatted as listed previously.

Additionally, email me your flight information containing, flight number, departure airport and flight time of arrival in Seattle.

--Victoria McReynolds 15:59, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Data Sheet + Format

For this afternoon, have progress work printed and pinned up by your desk space. Progress work is to include the Material Data Sheet and 8"X17" format pages of your researched content.

--Victoria McReynolds 13:16, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

Material Research

An objective of Exercise 1 - Material is to "research materials typically utilized in architecture exterior applications". The purpose for this information is to provide a studio wide resource or material information on enclosure from which to draw later in your project development.

A first step in research content is to become thoroughly informed about the subject by gather as much relevant information as possible. In other words you need to thoroughly research your material manufacturer and the corresponding exterior products produced. Often manufacturers have product options which should included and cataloged to provide a range of application conditions.

Information is to be sorted into three groups: data, component and system. Data group is to be composed of text based information relating to mass, density, material properties. Component information corresponds to the product unit and includes fabrication information such as location of manufacturing, size range and production process. While System grouping accounts for the assembly of the product unit, as resolves issues such as how the material is connected to the main structural frame and the necessary layers between interior and exterior.

For Friday, 1/18
print 8.5x11 portrait size black and white research information. Organize your information according to Data (material properties), Component (material fabrication) and Systems (material assembly). At minimum 1 page of information per group is required, however it is anticipated you will exceed this as it relates to available information.

--Victoria McReynolds 02:51, 17 January 2013 (UTC)