Element House(s)     

  were a guest series featured on @one_house_per_day which reconsidered traditional elements, objects, and symbols of single-family domesticity and how they could eventually be reconfigured in creating greater density on single-family lots, while still retaining the elements of a typical American home: porch, roof, chimney, dormer, bay window, and stair.

Element House No. 1: Porch House

Element House No. 2: Roof House

Element House No. 3: Chimney House

Element House No. 4: Bay Window House

Element House No. 5: Dormer House

Element House No. 6: Stair House

Element House No. 7: Element (Co)House

Misbehaving Monument    

          is a pair of cast plaster objects (or is it a single object?) which explore qualities usually deemed undesirable in architecture: slumping, squeezing, dripping, drooping, and leaning. These features are typically viewed negatively due to their proclivity for water intrusion or structural failure in the physical dimension, yet in a digital environment where form doesn’t follow performance, such considerations are moot and new opportunities for architectural aesthetics open up. Instead, the objects are intended to produce a sense of delight or wonder about what possible types of worlds could exist where softness and whimsy were prerequisites.

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Floating Bungalows

  is a new fourplex proposal
for a cooperative housing model that fosters
community and outdoor living while retaining a
playful and bright Los Angeles aesthetic.

In designing a new model of fourplex sites, the
proposal both trims back and exaggerates the
bungalow court - while the site is too small to
support six or seven units with a shared central
courtyard, units could be arranged on the site in
a more fluid, organic plan that creates different
pockets of outdoor space. Lifting the units off
the ground plane frees the entire area of the
site for outdoor space and turns what was once
only a courtyard into a full-blown neighborhood
park which is shaded by tree-cover and the
units themselves.

By rotating and breaking apart
the traditional bungalow, the scale of individual
units is broken down to mitigate concerns
associated with increased density. The resulting
interior is a more playful, less rigid environment
which is full of light, soft curves, and arching
volumes that react to the rotations in plan.


Broken Tools Series     

  explores the estrangement of the normal by taking everyday and utilitarian objects - doorknobs, lightbulbs, laptop chargers, glasses, vent ducts, p-traps, junction boxes - and applying physical “displacement maps” of expanding foam in a manner that creates new forms and textures altogether while retaining some semblance of the original object. While the physical models are painted to unify the two halves of the formula, object + foam - almost resembling a plaster cast - a digital “twin” is also created. The objects are 3D-scanned, cleaned up, and then transformed digitally, such as applying displacement maps or textures (frosting, fur, iridescence), voxelization, Boolean additions, or drooping deformations to further test the defamiliarization of the (literal) things we think we know and discover new source material for architectural form and affect.



 Acrylic Mountains    

   When asked by a photography friend to design a wedding altar that would double as a backdrop for photography sessions, allusion to mountain-scapes and the large, singular pine trees throughout their land provided inspiration. A series of conical forms of various heights and directions were conceived of as a family that could exist together, in multiple configurations, or individually as follies across the land.

  The cones are constructed by and alluded to through digital fabrication 101: a waffle structure of 2D contours created through CNC routing. Rather than focusing on the novelty of the fabrication process, the design seeks to explore ways an increasingly-ubiquitous construction process could yield intriguing aesthetic effects, namely through the use of acrylic sheets that are almost completely transparent yet create diffusion through layering and incident.

Preliminary Design Schemes:

The CNC process also makes customized etching and carving quite simple, and each sheet receives a custom “tattoo” of wood’grain hatch pattern, which plays on layering, incident, and translucency through a playful and ironic misuse of disciplinary convention: the wood-grain hatch also alludes to more “natural” objects like mountains and trees despite the seemingly artificiality of plastic platonics. More to come.