The Cloak brings together the need for a mid-rise residence complex in a dense and historic area. The overall architecture of the building is innovative and modern, but is designed not to stand out. The building acts as the thread that weaves the old Charleston traditions, and the new whole fabric - ultimately becoming invisible in the historic city of Charleston. A "cloak-style" shading system is added at the top that plays with the idea of having to hide and ultimately becoming invisible. Exterior
Inspired by the works of Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito, Mauli - Ola was designed in balance with grounded masses, an uplifting fluidity, and a roof that flows freely, as if blown by the wind. The design has a harmonious mix of native materials from Hawaii such as lava rock, and wood. A bariatric clinic and retreat facility are places where a person is able to experience his or her own transformation. The design portrays the mental, physical, and spiritual transformations of a person undergoing any of these processes. The idea of going from something stiff, heavy, and full of constraints, to something free, light, and transparent. Finally, functional spaces were then created by articulating the program into simple volumes with clear circulation, highlighting the independence of the roof to the plan.
L'Ode Del Qui E Ora
The Here and Now. A universal time where past, present and future do not exist.
Everything is a constant “now.” Individual consciousness temporarily identifies with universal consciousness in the simplest state of awareness. Cosmic Consciousness is the state of Enlightenment, a state of human awareness in which individual time in a person’s mind directly experiences and identifies with universal time. This happens after a disconnection occurs from the linear modern way of viewing it.
Individual spaces throughout the building induce meditative states on a person, as well as sense self-awareness in relationship with nature. The building, ultimately, retires the person to the center of their being, which is calmness, and experience the true nature of time.
Comme Des Garçons Gallery in Tokyo, Japan
This gallery for the fashion brand Comme des Garçons, addresses the part to whole relationship with shadow deceptions that blurs the lines between what's volume and articulation. The building is a singular module sculpted in a way that gives a reading of a module made of multiple parts when in reality the component is the only part. The fake shadow articulations cut across the geometry, as if they were real misplaced shadows, physically hatched or drawn on the surface of the building.
The ground of the building is fairly simple, with an overload of hatched articulations that provide optical illusions of depth. How the articulation looks constantly changes depending on the viewer's position.
Finally, in the center of the building, there is a central void with both horizontal and vertical movement. This void refers to the concept of how something can be both missing and present at the same time in a space, a nothingness. This void becomes the main space of the interior, providing spaced to dwell, and circulation.
Moments In Time - A Gallery For The People
This design is the end result of an extensive Analysis and architectural research that creates a dialogue between the site and the building, making humans interact with nature while visiting a gallery space. The overall design is powerful, bus as less invasive as possible on the site. It is based on simple geometric figures that are stacked and interlocking each other in order to create a successful pedestrian circulation, linking, and separating different spaces. The creation of the design is based on a combination of grids made after an analysis of the site in Savannah, and studies of 1920s Russian Constructivism, and its influences on modern architects such as OMA.
"Moments In Time" explores the relationship of the human body to space and moments created in time while people move through the building. This drives the circulation of the building, making people, as well as the scukptures, interact together to become an overall work of art. This idea was inspired on Le Corbusier's "Promenade Architecture" concept that architecture is experienced going through it.
Finally, this building is made for the people, and out of stell and glass to represent its truth, that it is hiding nothing. The exposed construction, the truth of the building, then becomes the beauty of it. With horizontal hovering forms that give the appearance of instability even though the building is indeed stable, it is then able to challenge people's perceptions.
Form and Space Exploration
Form and space exploration drive the design for these two separate pavilions with retail space. create a design that explored form and space in a building. My main inspiration was the Deconstructivist architecture. I wanted my building to explore fragmentation, unpredictability, controlled chaos, and distortion of the overall shape. My main goal here was to portray these characteristics in my building while still developing a structurally sound design.
Transcending History - Pei Ling Gallery
This is a graphical representation of how I see the Pei Ling Gallery as a haunted house. The main idea was to demonstrate the process sublimation and fading in order to portray the "ghostliness" of the gallery, and how the gallery changes through time.
Construction - Apt Market
This was a small construction project for a market roof structure in Apt, Southern France. The project was suggested by a resident from Apt named Cedric Maros, who needed a roof structure from the market above some Roman ruins in the center of Apt.
Polysemic Imagery are images that convey more than one concept, and are open to interpretation, yet guide the viewer to a certain mindset.