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Architecture and Design Portfolio

Current portfolio of work to date from undergraduate architecture studios at University of Pennsylvania.

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Architecture and Design Portfolio

  1. 1. Ellyn BarkleyUndergraduate Architecture Portfolio
  2. 2. spatial study 4-7 re-cut 8-11 panel 12-15 biomimicry 16-21 habitat 22-271 table of contents table of contents 2
  3. 3. spatial study perceiving and depicting surroundings A setting of a unique and intricate fine arts library allowed for a closer look and awareness of surroundings. The first step in this mission was a critical examination of the space through a photographic lense, resulting in a a set of corresponding photographs that approach the same subject from different angles: moving through the space and then looking up at each space. After discovering the space, drawings helped to reach a higher level of understanding. The technical study examines the support systems and structures, while the figural examination studies the decorative objects. These result in a study of the exisiting elements of the library. The analyzation of an experienced space progresses to a space created using manipulation of photographs, resulting in a composite photograph, and a new space to analyze. The final set of drawings represent an unfolding of this new perceived space, as if it one is walking through it. This series reflects the same technique as the previous drawings, using the constant pattern of the fence to determine layers.3 spatial study spatial study 4
  4. 4. composite photograph technical drawing figural drawing up 1 up 2 up 3 through 1 through 2 through 3 unfolding 1 unfolding 2 unfolding 35 spatial study spatial study 6
  5. 5. re-cut finding the potential of one piece of wood Focusing on exploring and learning fabrication techniques, and creating drawings that accurately represent the fabrication process, the project began simply with one, solid, uniform piece of wood. The drawings focus on the actual process of the fabrication, beginning with a diagram of the wood cuts necessary to create the final product. It shows how the design strives to maximize the available wood and also maintain a subtle continuous curve by cutting from the same lines. The next set of drawing progresses to the final product, after fabrication. The elevation view shows the curves that define the overall program, while the plan view exhibits the hidden thinness. The final perspective view, along with the models, finally demonastrate how the product is viewed after fabrication. final model final model, detail7 re-cut re-cut 8
  6. 6. wood cut lines elevation view plan view perspective9 re-cut re-cut 10
  7. 7. panel establishing a relationship between two people In a clear progression from the re-cut project, the panel project continues the focus on fabrication techniques and their drawings. Starting with only two requirements - the ability to separate two people and the ability to condense into one-third of it’s original size - the result was a panel that is always utilizing visual and physical barriers. By limiting the control to one person, there is always some element of separation. If the controller opens up the panel, visual access is allowed, but there is a physical barrier. Conversely, a closed panel allows close physical proximity, but no visual access. The different lengths, orientations, materials, and other aspects were tested out through multiple models. The resulting drawings include orthographic views that show the rotaional aspects of the panel and a kinetic series that illustrates the relationship between the owner and the panel. quarter-scale model, detail full-scale model, detail quarter-scale model11 panel panel 12
  8. 8. front elevation, side elevation showing rotation, and plan view kinetic series13 panel panel 14
  9. 9. biomimicry utilizing a mechanism found in nature When given the assignment of looking to nature for shown in a kinetic series of different orthographic inspiration for a mechanism, the unique abilities of the views and overlaping perspective views to show the hummingbird immediately came to mind. Research range of motion. explained that the hummingbird’s ability to hover When the project moved from a prototype to creating and fly in any direction is due to its ball-and-socket a product to enhance a site, the prototype lent itself shoulder joint, which allows for full one hundred and to creating a modular seating area with an adjustable eight degree rotation. shading device. The detailed drawings and models of Hand sketches of the wing motions and bone the locking mechanism show the kinetic series of how structure revealed the efficiency of the movements, unlimited motion becomes efficient, mirroring the how the hummingbird has the ability of full rotation hummingbird. but only moves for what is necessary. This discovery The drawings of the orthographic drawings show led to a hand drawing of the kinetic sequence of the how the modular seating can be arranged and how bones during flight. much, or how little space, is taken up depending on These discoveries led to the core ideas of the the shade’s orientation. The rendering and final prototype, which uses a similar ball-and-socket for models further explain the orientation of the product the base, but then uses a gear mechanism to allow in the site and the user interaction. for limited motion and efficiency. Using laser-cut museum board, the prototype model was able to final model, shade detail final model have small and intricate pieces. The ideas are further15 biomimicry biomimicry 16
  10. 10. prototype models kinetic series bone structure wing movements kinetic sequence perspective views17 biomimicry biomimicry 18
  11. 11. final model, locking mechanism locking mechanism rendering side elevation showing rotational shade variations plan view and front elevation view19 biomimicry biomimicry 20
  12. 12. habitat transforming a habit into a three-dimensional space My routine of coffee preparation, while originally space, I realized that it was necessary to expand my rigorously tested, has now become a process that program from simply the preparation of coffee to can happen completely subconsciously. Without activities that are directly effected by it, resulting fail, my body quickly responds to a cup of hot black first in programatic rules and then a programtic coffee, with each step broken down into smaller steps diagram. As with the preparation, this new program themselves: sugar, cream, stirring, drinking. The also became divided into four distinct spheres: coffee, subconsious actions continually elevate the simple cup study, relax, sleep. of coffee from an inanimate object to something that By realizing and defining the programmatic rules provides a much larger purpose. of coffee preparation, and new program is formed. I have chosen to analyze the effects of these actions I used these rules to define a three-dimensional based on both the movement and spatial impacts. The space where physical and visual access act to allow movement analysis studies whcih parts of my body and prohibit these interactions in space. The spaces are actually performing each individual step, and how are experienced through a visual and physical walk these steps relate to each other. The spatial studies through and corresponding photographs of the focus on the amount of space necessary for these model. For a person inhabiting this space, the rules movements to occur, examining where the spaces become clear simply by interacting and living in the overlap the most or deviate for certain steps. structure. While progressing from a theoretical two-dimensional habitat models study to a physically-inhabitable three-dimensional21 habitat habitat 22
  13. 13. kinetic mapping, movement and spatial programatic rules programatic diagram movement mapping, cumulative spatial mapping, cumulative movement mapping by step exploded axonometric and renderings23 habitat habitat 24
  14. 14. visual and physical walk through of habitat model, stepping down from sleep modle, looking down in sleep model, top view of study and relax section views model, top view of coffee model, looking out from relax model, looking at coffee from study25 habitat habitat 26