Portfolio Abraham N. Rodriguez


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Portfolio Abraham N. Rodriguez

  2. 2. INDEX cOmPeTiTiONS kaSe Study academic milwaukee River Projects caesar’s park boathouse equinox skin boat school doctor darwin eye care PROFeSSiONaL irene c. hernández middle School SkeTcheS europe Sketch Journal
  3. 3. KaSe StuDy location: greensburg, ks design competition summer 2009 partners: danny massaro & gail cavanagh in 2007, Greensburg, kS was hit by a tornado devastating the entire town. in the extreme weather conditions found here, the typical midwestern house does not respond well. kaSe Study is designed to greatly reduce the amount of damage sustained in a tornado while being environmentally sustainable. The design uses recycled limestone blocks, providing a strong structure and breathable walls. at the south elevation, the sun heats the trombe wall used as the center spine; while sliding doors in the main living areas maximize passive ventilation. a cool roof system prevents interior overheating. Rafter ties are utilized to secure the roof down to the foundation. The butterfly roof blocks sunlight in the summer; lets it pass in the winter and allows rainwater harvesting. Water is conserved through smart land use practices and energy efficient appliances. The design of the home strives to be affordable, energy efficient and sustainable.
  4. 4. grey water filtration swale rain barrel native trees privacy screen rain garden and irrigation swale iOWa ave. PaSSive veNTiLaTiON TyPicaL SiTe LOcaTiON vegetable/flower planters SycamORe ST. native plants planted along rammed earth privacy wall bioswale PaSSive heaT aBSORPTiON SPaTiaL SePaRaTiON ROOF aRTicuLaTiON SiTe PLaN FLOOR PLaN sun path eaST eLevaTiON SOuTh eLevaTiON WeST eLevaTiON NORTh eLevaTiON
  5. 5. white membrane “cool” roof with r-30 glass batt insulation recycled corrugated metal cladding attached to recycled limestone wall operable wood window assemblies with low-e glass and thermal break recycled limestone trombe wall engineered wood floor with recycled content over fsc certified floor joists, with r-30 glass batt insulation recycled limestone blocks filled with structural grout voc free interior plaster recycled wood deck rigid insulation and vapor barrier under floor decking on top of recycled aggregate fill , typ. rigid insulation and vapor barrier at exterior face of foundation walls, typ. WaLL SecTiON
  6. 6. mIlwaukEE rIvEr SkIN boat projEctS location: milwaukee, wi course: arch 420 semester: spring 2006 critic: james wasley The two projects in the following pages sought to explore the milwaukee River as a pocket of nature within a dense urban environment. While these two projects, the caesar’s Park Boathouse and equinox Skin Boat School, share a common programmatic element (skin boats); the academic focus of each was quite different. caesar’s Park Boathouse focused on an aesthetic and spatial solution to the program, while the equinox used a simple program to focus and materiality and skin options.
  7. 7. caESar’S park boathouSE location: milwaukee, wi course: arch 420 semester: spring 2006 critic: james wasley The design is driven aesthetically by the site’s variation, and pragmatically by the program’s need of surveillance. When you approach from the pedestrian bridge you pass a series of newly constructed structures and if you descend the trail from caesar’s Park you will be surrounded by trees as you go along. This is the main aesthetic driver for the building’s parti. When ROOF PLaN you approach the building from the park trail, you see the building engulfed in nature; merging into the landscape with its green roof. On the other hand, when one arrives to the boathouse via the pedestrian bridge, you see a strong rectilinear façade composed of cubic volumes that echo the surrounding development. Thus the cantilevered cube of the office becomes a unique object within the park’s landscape. SiTe PLaN FLOOR PLaN BaSemeNT PLaN
  8. 8. The cube of the office cantilevers out into the loading level outside, allowing the manager in charge of the boathouse constant views of all patrons using the boathouse. This cantilever allows for surveillance to the patrons out in the water, ensuring their safety. a split level glazed wall allows for constant surveillance into the skin boat storage bellow and the observation deck above. These simple moves come together to form a design that is both aesthetically pleasing and also highly pragmatic. LONGiTudiNaL SecTiON TRaNSveRSaL SecTiON
  9. 9. EQuINoX SkIN boat School location: milwaukee, wi course: arch 420 semester: spring 2006 critic: james wasley The eQuiNOX project was conceived as a sister project to the earlier caesar’s Park Boathouse, and as such they share opposite sides of the same site along the milwaukee River. The program consists of creating a school for the creation of traditional skin boats, and a small residence for the owner of the school in the back of the building. These skin boats would then be transported across the bridge in order to be rented out in the aforementioned boathouse across the river. after much deliberation, it was decided that the design exploration would take its starting point from the idea that the program can and would be best accommodated in a simple double story box; that the architectural richness of the project would be achieved via skin and material options.
  10. 10. With this in mind i set out to create a long structural insulated panel roof panels linear box scheme that would allow plentiful natural light to enter the space, while exploring different high performance building skins. The long-span steel beam structure double skin façade is composed of Structural insulated Panels (SiPs) clad in cement board, with a corrugated metal screen hung in front of steel truss them. This metal screen adds articulation to the 2Nd FLOOR PLaN façade and allows for clearstory windows with structural insulated panel walls deep metal window frames to punch through the SiP panel walls in order to bring light across the workshop space bellow. This corrugated screen metal window frames & light shelves is continued over the railings of the balconies of the attached residence, unifying the building’s façade. above the workshop space a suspended gallery, allowing onlookers and students to corrugated metal screen wall view the creation of the skin boats bellow. The workshop space is further illuminated by low level frosted glass openings in the walls. 1RST FLOOR PLaN Because of these openings and double skin when seen from afar, eQuiNOX brings to mind the idea of the classic modernist box on pilotis; a long narrow box that extends into space and is seemingly suspended in the air. SiTe PLaN kiT OF PaRTS diaGRam GROuNd FLOOR PLaN SOuTh eLevaTiON NORTh eLevaTiON
  11. 11. green roof insert structural insulated roof panel long-span steel beams and columns metal window frames & light shelves low e-glass clearstory windows corrugated metal screen structural insulated wall panel frosted glass window wall fly ash concrete floor slab WaLL SecTiON
  12. 12. Doctor DarwIN EyE carE cmu wall beyond location: milwaukee, wi course: microcosm laser cut plywood semester: fall 2005 anchored to cmu partners: kris huisinga wall beyond critic: kyle talbott W hOLT ave stainless steel This project sought to update the image of a sleeve small optometrist’s office in milwaukee. The project consisted of 2 phases: design a new logo for the office, and create a façade that threaded rod S 27Th ST would make the small building an stand out on anchored to a busy intersection. structure beyond The logo is a hybrid between an eye and the “darwin fish” logo; creating an instant correlation glass with lumisty between the darwin name and an optometrist’s film coating office. This logo is lasercut into plywood panels that clad the exterior wall of the office. a glass screen covered in Lumistry film is mounted in front of the plywood cladding. This film makes the logo blurred when seen from afar but clear when seen up close. The current overhang is clad in plywood and extended over the street to invite pedestrians inside. SiTe PLaN Façade WaLL deTaiL The closer you get, the clearer the logo is.
  13. 13. IrENE c. hErNáNDEz mIDDlE School location: chicago, il professional project grec architects, llc. 2007-2008 ThiRd FLOOR PLaN Principal in charge: donald copper S ST. LOuiS ave Project manager: daniel Sumita Project Team: elizabeth Fragoso abraham N. Rodríguez eduardo Bodmer Leah Lehr W 55Th ST 126,507 SF; 3-Story middle School. includes Green Roof over 25% of the roof area, SecONd FLOOR PLaN 1-1/2” Story Library, Science Rooms (5), art Room (1), computer labs (2), multi-Purpose Rooms (2), Full service kitchen/dining and Gym with Stage for School assembly functions. Leed Gold certified. Recently completed. Responsibilities included: interior design, construction documents, design and documentation of casework/furniture. SiTe PLaN FiRST FLOOR PLaN
  14. 14. SOuTh eLevaTiON eaST eLevaTiON WeST eLevaTiON NORTh eLevaTiON
  15. 15. EuropE SkEtch jourNal location: various countries in europe course: study abroad program semester: spring 2005 critic: kyle talbott The following sketches represent some of the sites we studied in the Study abroad program i participated in the spring of 2005. While we studied historical, modern, and contemporary european architecture; early 20th century modernism made the most lasting impression on me in the trip, thus these are the buildings that BaRceLONa PaviLLiON 1 NOTRe dame du hauT most frequently appeared on my sketchbooks. BaRceLONa PaviLLiON 2 TORRe TeLeFóNica, BaRceLONa ÉvRy caThedRaL caSa BaTLLó, BaRceLONa
  16. 16. ABRAHAM N. RODRíGUEZ 2320 N Greenview Ave Unit 1F Chicago, IL 60614 AssOciAtE AiA www.abrahamnrodriguez.carbonmade.com abrahamn.rodriguez@gmail.com 787.306.5976