Location: Lakeshore East, downtown Chicago, IL
Role: Project Architect w/ Loewenberg Architects
Program: Commercial Development
Size: 4 stories / 200,000 sf
Designed for silver LEED certification, the contemporary Village Market will include a green roof, outdoor café and pedestrian promenades that reflect the architecture of the area.
A host of environmentally-sensitive ‘green features’ of the structure includes:
More than 15,000 square feet of un-irrigated green roof
A recycling program in-place to encourage retail tenant use and education
Storage space for public and staff bicycles to reduce auto use
Preferred parking for fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel vehicles
High-efficiency window systems & Low-volume, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures
The Chameleon Bridge-Building
Location: Chicago, IL, 2006- 2007
Role: Sole Designer, Graduate Thesis
Advisor: George Schipporeit
Program: Commercial / Public Space
4200 sf Restaurant 3900 sf Lounge1440 sf Cafes & BarsADA Accessible Bridge
Size: 2 Levels /121,500 Total sf
Commericial / Public Space
Location: Chicago, IL
Role: Designer, Graduate Project
Program: McCormick Convention Center Expansion for large scale exhibtions, ice skating rink / ampitheater, admin offices, interior & exterior exhibit spaces, cafe
4200 sf Restaurant 3900 sf Lounge1440 sf Cafes Commericial / Public Space
Kinetic Concert Hall
Location: Chicago, IL
Program: Concert Hall
Kenosha Spa & Hotel
Location: Kenosha, WI
Program: Guest Rooms, Cafe, Outdoor pools, Spa, Admin offices.
Redefining the problem:
Over the course of the centuries it appears that men have used their skill to create comfortable establishments that would protect them from the destructive forces of nature and replace all the variables of nature with constants of the artificial realm. The extent to which a built environment conquers and mutes the forces of nature has been the criteria by which the success level of structures is determined. However, in doing so, man has slowly removed himself from his milieu, violating the sacred human-nature bond, a crucial existential factor that feeds wellness, strength and balance into his body and spirit.
Like a rock formation growing out of the hill, the Kenosha Spa & Hotel emerges as an an organic form, an emotional and physical getaway.
The basis of this spa experience is to reestablish the body-mind-spirit equilibrium not only through naturalistic treatments, but also through a progressive exposure and reintegration of its guests into a seemingly natural ambient of an unpolished beauty. Water, moisture, sunlight have constant presence throughout the spa; however, just like in nature, they constitute variables of the scheme. The design intent is to modulate some of the common experiences of a hiking trip: the heightened excitement when reaching a peak that opens up unexpected views all around you, the serenity of coming to a quiet open spot in the middle of the woods, and the wonder of what the next peak or turn of the corner might reveal. As one moves through spaces, the rough edges and arbitrary lines give an informal quality to the spaces, making the guests feel at ease. A simple process of addition or subtraction gives way to positive or negative program spaces such as enclosures or baths. The design intent it to promote a perpetual communication between man and nature by breaking down the interior-exterior boundaries and creating permeable enclosures that would allow one to mingle and explore.