Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Looking towards the future

Architechnics, Inc. is a company based out of Quincy IL that offers complete building design and planning services. This all includes architecture, cost estimating, structural design, mechanical and electrical design, facilities planning, and complete interior design. 

This is a company that i am trying to get a job with and be their personal landscape architect, since currently there is a licensed architect doing the landscaping plans.  They have some great projects and have a sketchup program that is alot better then sketchup called BIM or Building Information Modeling that creates a working digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the building. 

Here is the link if you want to check out their work
Architechnics, Inc.

Sections of the Master Plan

 The drawing presented in this post are the sections that i drew for the Whitfield Design.  The area that is drawn is located on the map of the master plan located on the page. 
The first Section (Section 1) is a sketch of the road layout.  It includes a 20 foot wide road with 5 foot sidewalks located right next to the road.  One thing that i would like to change after i drew this was the placement of the sidewalk.  I wish i would of realized that i was wanting to place a vegetative strip in between the road and the sidewalk, and as i was drawing i guess i overlooked that and forgot all about it. 

The second section (View of the Courtyard) is one of the sections that i think really gets the point of the courtyard across.  The courtyard is a private community space, meaning that is there for the community to know that it is there but it is not seen from the road or street inviting everyone in.  This section shows how ther Gravel seating area seperates the parking area from the rest of the courtyard.  This also shows how the stormwater storage area works with the steps leading down into a sunken grass space.  This is a great area for sitting or even having some type of movie night by bringing out a sheet with a projector.  One could place the projector on the end with the firepit and shine it across the sunken to the sheet hanging by the gravel seating area.  That way the firepit could be lite and used as a grill for cooking. 

Section 3 (Section 3) is a section cut through the public community area.  This is showing how the open space realtes to the houses outlining the space.  I think that could be more varaition in the planting material and height contrast of the buildings but i like how it all worked out. 

Illustrative Details

For the Whitfield Design we were asked to draw some illustrative details for some of the elements that were added for the design. 
On the top left is an illustration of a green roof section.  These green roofs will be located on all of the houses and buildings on the site.  The structure will need a little bit more support than a traditional roof.  The illustration shows that there will be plant medium, drainage material, and roof barrier medium to protect the structure from leaks. 

On the bottom of the page is a parking structure that i designed to be place over the parking stalls.  The structure will be 10 feet tall on the left side and rise to 13 feet tall on the right side.  With this angle it will encourage vines to grow on the latice work place on top.  Also with this angle solar panels can be attached to the upper side.  The solar panels could be used to power lights that would be on the underside of the parking structure or shining out into the sidewalk on the left side. 

On the top right, there is an image of the solar tree that i found for the playground area.  This solar tree looks similar to an actual tree and the leaves mimic how leaves actually operate.  The leaf looking structures in the drawing include solar panels on the top with led lights on the underside of them.  The solar tree is completely off the grid, which means that no single person would be responsible for the electric bill. 

Sun Shade Study

During the sun shade study, i realized that i should of done this study a lot earlier in the design process because during the winter months i realized that i should of changed a few buildings around to create some more sun into some areas. 
The images of the model in the previous post showcases the sun and shade amounts on the site. 
Below is a sheet that shows the model with sun and shade at the equinoxes and solstices. 

Model in the Sun Shade Study


I had a blast creating this model, so i am just going to add some pictures of it. i think that it took about 4 complete days to create. 

Perspectives number 2

Here are six more perspectives of the site
Top Left
This is a view looking at one of the larger buildings on the site that would have 4 apartments in each building.  this shows balcony access to the second floor apartments by a staircase located in between the buildings.  each building has balconies that encase the building.  This provides plenty of seating out side for the residents to enjoy the afternoon/evening sun.
Top Middle
This is a view from the corner of Whitfield and Scales Street of the mixed use building.  The building could have a sandwhich shop or a restautant and provide seating outdoors for the patrons to eat outside.
Top Right. 
This is a birds eye view of the northern portion of the site with the the private community space.  The Parking structure which is located in the bottom of the image has plant material growing on it and potentially have solar panels that would supply power to lights that would be in the parking structure. 

Bottom Left
This is another view looking into the playground splash fountain area.  This view has the solar tree located adjacent to the playground and splash fountain to provide light in the evening and create interest in the area. 
Bottom Middle
View looking at the entrance to the community center, showcasing the balcoiny on the second floor. 
Bottom Right
A view looking from Whitfield street at the devlopment and what one of the houses might look like driving by.  You can see the street trees that would provide a calming and speed control effect on drivers.