The project was inspired by the Japanese information center network - a network that works to inform the public on disaster preparedness and response - which in turn leads to a much more educated public and a much faster recovery time from natural disasters.
The OPRC is meant to act as both an education and community center for the Portland metro area, as well as a a space for disaster relief organizations to coordinate from. The main driver in the design was to create a flexible building which can serve two purposes that have vastly different scales with efficiency.
The first being a community hub that offers classes like CPR and First Aid, as well as events such as film nights and art exhibits. The OPRC is located in a prime central location in Portland - next to a walking bridge, a riverside bike path, public transit, and has plenty of parking nearby. This central location makes it easy to integrate the OPRC into the everyday lives of Portlanders, the end result of this being that the population of Portland, and eventually more of the Pacific Northwest will being more and more comfortable with disaster prepardness and understand what the proper response to a event such as an earthquake (or even a snowstorm) should be.
The second purpose of this project is to act as a post-disaster staging area. A place first local responders and then regional and national responders can come to organize relief efforts. It’s location is ideal for this as well, since the Willamette river can serve as a transportation option and the OPRC is located next to the only bridge in Portland able to withstand a large earthquake.
The large variety of spaces within the design, as well as the flexibility of these spaces makes it efficient in multiple scenarios. The west side of the site that slopes down to the river is planted with plants that will slow and filter the water flowing down the site, and the large open plaza is a place for people to gather and events to be held as well as a place for first responders to set up base.
At the end of the day the OPRC should be a place that gets integrated into peoples everyday lives, so when something does happen the OPRC is an instinctive place to gather and organize.
New York City - Spring 2016
A competition to create a heavy timber building that incorporated residential space, an Andy Warhol museum, and a market place.
The aim was to bring some of Portland to New York through the use of timber, and the creation of a public plaza at the center of the design.
The residential space is created by apartment types that fit together like puzzle pieces to form a dynamic and open facade. The market is slipped into the first floor in much the same organization, the museum is a larger iteration of the apartment blocks.
The courtyard is the heart of this project - the uneven facade lessons the verticality of the space and helps ensure a sense of ease. The wood patio in places gives way to allow trees and plants to spring up, letting the courtyard exhibit different landscapes throughout.
The aim was to create a space that allowed for both exploring and relaxing. Bordered by the apartments, market, and museum the courtyard is a place for people to interact and connect with each other.
San Francisco - Spring 2015
A combination adaptive reuse and new construction that aims to instruct visitors to Angel Island about the island's history concerning the immigration station that was in operation.
The Angel Island Immigration Station was not a happy place for many of those who inhabited the now crumbling structures. It served as a temporary stopover for those coming from Asia who had family on the West Coast and a much more permanent stop for those that did not, and could not afford to pay for fake connections.
In place of the ruins of the old main immigration building I created a patchwork of boardwalks, reflective pools, and sanded glass panels with old photos, information, and many of the poems written by the island’s inhabitants. The old building footprint is echoed in the walls that divide the spaces, created out of the same metal panels that covered the windows of the holding buildings. It is meant to be both a place of reflection and education, where people can come to learn the history of San Francisco and the immigrants that made it, and much of the west, what it is today.
Fossil - Fall 2014
Based in eastern Oregon near the town of Joseph - the OMSI field station acts as both a science camp and a place of research. The building complex created responds to the landscape and creates an environment that fosters scientific discovery of all types.
The topography guided the placement of the built environment - the cabins were placed in the back canyons along the topo lines to keep the feeling of immersion into landscape. By tucking the built elements into the surrounding hills it allowed those on the site to have an uninterrupted view into the surrounding landscape from all buildings at the station. The classrooms and meeting hall were placed in the wider canyon which allowed for a central square to be formed.
still under construction // come back later to see more pieces
Remodel & Addition + Landscape
Kitchen remodel to increase storage space and usability, as well as an addition to the front of the house to add a living area to the existing dining room. During the project we focused on adding more light to the space and creating a floor plan with an efficient layout. We also redid the front yard; adding a retaining wall, a new stair leading to the front entry, and a walkway along the driveway.
Remodel & Addition
The clients on this project were two artists who were looking to remodel the detached garage into a proper art studio that could be used for classes and open gallery days and then add a second floor to the garage that would become a rentable ADU. The main objectives were to create an art studio with plenty of opportunities for light and flexible storage as well as the ability to change the space from a workspace to a classroom and to a gallery space. This was achieved by building interior walls on tracks that could be moved into a few different configurations, as well as having all the worktables be on locking wheels. We added operable clerestory windows and glass double doors in order to get maximum airflow and light within the space.
For the ADU the main objectives were to get the most usable space out of 800 sqft. This was done by creating two main spaces - the bedroom/bathroom and the kitchen/living, which has access to the deck. The bedroom and neighboring bathroom were placed the furthest from the street with windows placed to maximize privacy and airflow while still allowing in plenty of light. The kitchen has floor to ceiling cabinets and is separated from the open plan living room and dining area by an island with storage and the ability to be used as a bar. The living space has access to the deck via a glass double door, which allows an indoor-outdoor living area in the warmer months.