The site plan.  The entire design is organized using a framework of basic spatial units of trapezoids and parallelograms to allow for adaptability.   As a general rule, single units serve as as residential units, while assembled units serve as commercial spaces in order to To allow for adaptability of the design,

The site plan.  The entire design is organized using a framework of basic spatial units of trapezoids and parallelograms to allow for adaptability.   As a general rule, single units serve as as residential units, while assembled units serve as commercial spaces in order to To allow for adaptability of the design,

The ground floor plan

The ground floor plan

Each floral unit is comprised of two levels of commercial space on the bottom and two levels of residential space on the top.  Commercial spaces extend outward into its surroundings, allowing for maximum access and visibility to visitors.  The residential spaces above, which can only be accessed through a private atrium and staircase in the center, provide private balconies for views of Santa Monica. 

Each floral unit is comprised of two levels of commercial space on the bottom and two levels of residential space on the top.  Commercial spaces extend outward into its surroundings, allowing for maximum access and visibility to visitors.  The residential spaces above, which can only be accessed through a private atrium and staircase in the center, provide private balconies for views of Santa Monica. 

This is a mapping of the site circulation.  To minimize incoming traffic as much as possible, residential and commercial parking lots are situated along the edge of the site.  The cars' circulation are highlighted in blue.  Public visitors, shown in pink, will be able to travel to and from the reservoirs - a Venice landmark - along the main public pathway.  Finally, private residents, in blue, will be able to flow more freely and privately through the small alleyways between homes.

This is a mapping of the site circulation.  To minimize incoming traffic as much as possible, residential and commercial parking lots are situated along the edge of the site.  The cars' circulation are highlighted in blue.  Public visitors, shown in pink, will be able to travel to and from the reservoirs - a Venice landmark - along the main public pathway.  Finally, private residents, in blue, will be able to flow more freely and privately through the small alleyways between homes.

To facilitate easy public access, commercial centers are located near the edges of the middle section by the main public pathway.  They are all grouped close together so as to minimize the traffic flow through residential areas.

To facilitate easy public access, commercial centers are located near the edges of the middle section by the main public pathway.  They are all grouped close together so as to minimize the traffic flow through residential areas.

The physical model was built entirely from bristol paper.  Patterns were laser-cut, then folded to create the two distinct shapes of a trapezoid and a parallelogram.

The physical model was built entirely from bristol paper.  Patterns were laser-cut, then folded to create the two distinct shapes of a trapezoid and a parallelogram.

The scale of the model was 1/16" of the site.

The scale of the model was 1/16" of the site.

Site section 1

Site section 1

Site section 2

Site section 2

URBAN MEADOW

ARCHITECTURE

As a result of its growing popularity among tourists, Los Angeles' Venice Beach is seeing greater opportunities for housing, retail, commerce, public space and infrastructure in its landscape.  As a re-imagination of a typical Venice Boardwalk neighborhood block, Urban Meadows is a localized and adaptive urban matrix capable of evolving over time to new needs while maintaining a basic organizational structure.  With a striated and clustered urban fabric, this design provides for more layered and dynamic relationships between residential and commercial spaces without sacrificing resident privacy and Venice's quaint and idiosyncratic character.

Skills: Rhino 3D Modeling, Maxwell Rendering, 3D prototyping, lasercutting


DESIGN PROCESS

Concept images that inspired the design include: the rough, assembled quality of mosaics; the branching structures of neurons, and lily pads and their stems.

Concept images that inspired the design include: the rough, assembled quality of mosaics; the branching structures of neurons, and lily pads and their stems.

The existing site in Venice Beach that I worked with

The existing site in Venice Beach that I worked with

My design approach involved organizing the site first by rigid, horizontal striations, which form a series of parallel spaces in between that would be good for pathways.  Then, I broke those striations down into my two fundamental structures and formed smaller, lateral pathways. To accommodate for larger, more expansive commercial spaces, I introduced floral clusters that are, again, built from the same two shapes and have corresponding public pathways.  Finally, I incorporated in the more specific requirements, such as parking lots and garages.

My design approach involved organizing the site first by rigid, horizontal striations, which form a series of parallel spaces in between that would be good for pathways.  Then, I broke those striations down into my two fundamental structures and formed smaller, lateral pathways. To accommodate for larger, more expansive commercial spaces, I introduced floral clusters that are, again, built from the same two shapes and have corresponding public pathways.  Finally, I incorporated in the more specific requirements, such as parking lots and garages.

Before coming to the final commercial structure, I explored and tested variations of it using foam core.    Some features I was able to gauge from these models were: conduciveness to light, opportunities for balconies and entrances, open spaces within the structure and views.  

Before coming to the final commercial structure, I explored and tested variations of it using foam core.    Some features I was able to gauge from these models were: conduciveness to light, opportunities for balconies and entrances, open spaces within the structure and views.  

The first iteration of my site plan.  The colors were intended to categorize each structure into parking, commercial or residential.

The first iteration of my site plan.  The colors were intended to categorize each structure into parking, commercial or residential.