Throwback Realized

This room was designed from the inspiration of the Throwback design.  It opens up into the public seating area and divides off the private office space behind the large open bookshelf.

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This concept takes the structure of a highrise and extends it past the facade.  This creates a playground for design.  You can add boards to create a simple porch, or you can fill it with soil and create personal highrise gardens.

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Vertical Urban Sprawl

Density is crucial in order to move forward.  The closer the people live together, the more space we can preserve.  The simplest way to densify a community is to build up.  One benefit of owning your own home is that feeling of privacy and ownership.  I want to take that same space and bring it to a high-rise environment.   My design provides each resident with their very own floor.  In fact, each unit has a second level, creating a more residential environment that most seek in a suburban home.  This addition also provides a majestic 2-story window with unbeatable views and a balcony to boost.  The sub-level is secluded and creates a perfect space for a master bedroom.   The procession through the apartment recedes from a public living room, to the modern eat-in kitchen, and moves towards the private bedroom through the dining room.  This is all done on the smallest footprint.  By spiraling the emergency stairwell around the elevator shaft, each floor receives extra square footage, their own lobby, and elevator entrance.  This design is meant to create the feeling of a residential house in an urban high-rise condo, utilizing creative layouts to maximize the living space.

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Container House Concept

I worked on developing a residential home out of shipping containers.  Shipping containers are cheaper to make then their shipping cost back to their originating country.  Thus, America has an abundance of containers which can be utilized to create homes.  This design utilizes the standard 40′  and the 20′ containers which cost about 2.5k and 1k respectably.  Continue reading

Prayer Chapel

| A New Home For God |    –Deconstructing the Church

Why do we go to Church?  We go to be closer to God, to pray, and to restore our internal energy.  A church should be a place of healing for the mind.    In this economy, many lavish churches are falling into disrepair.  Priests are asking for more and more generous donations, mega-churches are filing for bankruptcy, and the scandals certainly don’t help.  Like it or not, today’s churches are run more like institutions.  Why can’t we build a church that simply inspires people to pray and find inner peace?

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