Iconic view of the home and falls

My studio class recently took a trip to see Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Fallingwater stands as one of Wright's greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. Wright's passion for Japanese architecture was strongly reflected in the design of Fallingwater, particularly in the importance of connecting exterior and interior spaces and the strong emphasis placed on harmony between man and nature. Located in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands the home is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. This organically designed private residence was intended to be a nature retreat for its owners. The house is well known for its connection to the site; it is built on top of an active waterfall which flows beneath the house.  Despite it being built over 75 years ago, the home has the capability of housing a modern family.  


Section Collage

Collages help refine an idea or mood by showing context and details.  This collage helps show the building’s “lines” and the setting of the site.  It also helps display main ideas, such as the division of light and connection to the Earth.     

Photoshop collage over hand drawing.  


Architecture is...

After four years of schooling I can relate to most of things said in this video.  I cannot say that everything in this short clip is accurate, but it makes some good points. 


Daily Sketches (future, dinosaur, elephant)

This assortment of drawings have no relation to each other in style or concept, but here they are:    

Started as a walrus, maybe now it’s an elephant... just go with it. 

Concept future.  Sketch from Halo 4 artwork. 
Modified dino-bird.  

Original dino-bird sketch. 

Design:Build Process Photos

      Our second firing test was successful.  We we able to create a single piece of cone shaped glass from smaller placed pieces.  The result is a nice iridescent cone with an oval texture.  Our team was happy with the test but we will likely not use this type of glass.  Hopefully the third attempt with tempered glass will have a more appropriate texture and color for the “secret room”.

Three different moulds attempt #2

Finished result of cone 2 using glass beads.  

Finished small cone using tempered glass. 

Classmate placing tempered glass into cone #3.

Cone mould and slump mould. 

Let’s hope this one works! 

Section Axon 2+

Same as below but with figures and airship.  Hand Drawing + Photoshop. 


Section Drawing 2

Process section drawing showing structure and layout.  Pen and marker draft. 

Section Axon 2

Section Axon of current design project.  Pencil Drawing.

      The axonometric drawing style allows for real dimensions to be placed without perspectival distortion.  This drawing is actually an isometric drawing where the angle of the x,y,z are placed in accordance to my particular “view”, but all dimensions are still true to scale.  The building’s “skin” is removed to expose the structure and interior floor plates.      Click to enlarge!   


Sustainable Living Architecture

Small footbridges in North East India made of tree roots.  

Designed to grow over rivers that are uncrossable during the monsoon rains, these bridges will last for centuries.  The locals guide the roots by strapping them to rocks, branches, and bamboo stalks so the roots grow in a specific direction.  Some are many centuries old making this a great example of sustainable living architecture that will grow for generations.  


Body and Building Section Axon

Process Section Axon - Hand Sketch + photoshop
       The photo above is of a section-axon of my current project.  This drawing was done for my theory class Body and Building where we study how humans interact with their environment.  The class is a combination of biology and architectural theory with emphasis on human movement.  This process illustration shows the ritualistic circulation of the occupants.  This initial design will be modified before the semester end.  More furniture and room definition is needed.  

The photos are of myself taken by a friend from a tall ladder, which I added digitally.  Click the photo for a larger view.    

Ocean Imagination

Unsangdong Architects’ proposal for the thematic Pavilion of Yeosu 2012, entitled Ocean Imagination, which was awarded honorable mention. 

The proposal combines nature and the imagination in an effort to create the “best use of the infinite possibility of nature.” 

The proposal combines nature and the imagination in an effort to create the “best use of the infinite possibility of nature.” 
The pavilion allows visitors to experience the ocean’s ecosystems and different exhibits related to “man-made nature.”  An ‘Ocean Gate’ takes the culture of the sea shore and shifts it vertically.  This move creates a dynamic visual that is a constant reminder to the viewers of nature’s different environments.  “It combines ocean ecosystem and architecture in accordance with the main theme of  ‘Ocean & Life,” added the architects.   Another part of the proposal, the 'Sustainable Ocean void space’, is formed by combining flowing water with the ecological environment.