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JOHN G. SIMENIC433 Hamilton Place Apt.2Ann Arbor, MI 48104Phone: 440. 223. 2620.Email: john.simenic@gmail.com             ...
TABLE OF CONTENTS Undergraduate Portfolio                               GRADUATE WORK                                 4 In...
GRADUATE WORK                               The University of Michigan, 08.10 - PresentJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio        ...
INNOVATRIUM  Disrupting Dundee, Michigan  The innovatrium seeks to enhance in the entirely alien      Below: Early concept...
INNOVATRIUM                                  In terms of robotic design, the innovatrium contains  Disrupting Dundee, Mich...
INNOVATRIUM               Disrupting Dundee, Michigan                                                                     ...
INNOVATRIUM  Disrupting Dundee, Michigan                                                                                  ...
INNOVATRIUM  Disrupting Dundee, Michigan                                           Above: Interior rendering from inside  ...
INNOVATRIUM  Disrupting Dundee, Michigankey planRight: Exterior rendering showingthe Innovatrium projecting imagesat sunse...
SCENT CAMERA #9   Constructing a scent  For the second project of my inital graduate semesterour studio was given a photo ...
SCENT CAMERA #9   Constructing a scentAbove Left: Early concept modelmade from empty cereal boxes andempty beer cases.Abov...
SCENT CAMERA #9  Constructing a scent                               Right: Reflection drawing based                       ...
UNDERGRADUATE WORK                               Miami University, 08.06 - 05.10John G. Simenic • Portfolio               ...
CLIFTON LIBRARY  Rethinking a local learning hub    The site for Clifton library sits on an urban streetcorner in Cincinna...
CLIFTON LIBRARY  Rethinking a local learning hub                                    Below: 1/8” scale model.              ...
line of physical confrontation  CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP  Exploring communities in Istanbul. The goal of the Confrontation W...
CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP Exploring communities in Istanbul.            My proposal was a community center that focused on   ...
CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP Exploring communities in Istanbul.                                   UP                         Ope...
FROEBEL AND WESTCOTT Building communities in Istanbul.                                                       To begin stud...
FROEBEL AND WESTCOTT Building communities in Istanbul.     The goal of the Westcott House masterplan was to explore Frank ...
HICKMAN CHAPEL                                          Far Left: process sketches  Reviving a chapel, a community, and a ...
HICKMAN CHAPEL  Reviving a chapel, a community, and a history.  Sitting just miles away from Frank Lloyd Wright’sFallingwa...
HICKMAN CHAPEL   Reviving a chapel, a community, and a history.Above: Transverse section lookingout into the landscape. Cr...
GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION  The greenest brisk is the one that is already there.   Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of ...
GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION  The greenest brisk is the one that is already there.                                       ...
GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION  The greenest brisk is the one that is already there.                                       ...
GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION  The greenest brisk is the one that is already there.                                       ...
TECHTOWN  Designing for the Creative Class.   Resting on the banks of the Mad River and justblocks away from downtown Dayt...
TECHTOWN  Designing for the Creative Class.                                      Far Left: Floor plans.                  T...
TECHTOWN  Designing for the Creative Class.      I wanted the tenants to have a sense of  connection to the downtown area,...
SELECTED WORKS  Paintings and Grahphite.                               Left: Graphite drawing of the                      ...
SELECTED WORKS  Paintings and Grahphite.                               Below: The Whirling Dervishes.                     ...
SELECTED WORKS  Paintings and Grahphite.                               Left: Der Fortschritt, “The                        ...
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  1. 1. JOHN G. SIMENIC433 Hamilton Place Apt.2Ann Arbor, MI 48104Phone: 440. 223. 2620.Email: john.simenic@gmail.com 1
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Undergraduate Portfolio GRADUATE WORK 4 Innovatrium 16 Scent Camera #9 UNDERGRADUATE WORK 22 Clifton Library 26 Confrontation Workshop 32 Froebel and Westcott 36 Hickman Chapel 42 Green Communities Competition 50 Techtown 56 Selected WorksJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 3 3
  3. 3. GRADUATE WORK The University of Michigan, 08.10 - PresentJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 5
  4. 4. INNOVATRIUM Disrupting Dundee, Michigan The innovatrium seeks to enhance in the entirely alien Below: Early concept sketchesand yet entirely familiar site of Dundee, Michigan, Right: Early photomontagethe location Michigan’s largest tourist site, Cabela’s. representing ideas behind theWith more than 6 million visitors per year, Cabela’s Innovatrium. Created using Photoshop.has spawned a small strip mall agglomeration that isentirely familiar, yet entirely alien to all who have neverbeen to Dundee, MI. The role of the innovatrium is tonot only enhance Dundee but also to extract data fromflowers in order to create the flavors and fragrances ofthe future. When thinking about enhancement and Dundee,I began to develop a building around the idea ofdisruption. Instead of designing the innovatrium aroundthe super-consumer, I sought to design the innovatriumaround robotic extraction. The innovatrium plays thegame of the Cabela’s big-box mentality at the same timethat it denies this idea all together. The building thrivesto be disruptive. It wants to exert a pressure on the area.The innovatrium is trying to do what Wii did to thegaming market. Where X-box and Playstation soughtbetter and better graphics and gaming capabilities, theWii sought simple graphics with a completely differentgaming typology platform. The Wii plays by the rules ofthe gaming industry and at the same time denies them,thus completely disrupting the gaming industry. The design for the innovatrium plays the game of thebig-box store in the experience economy and at the sametime denies it. The innovatrium projects forth images offlowers along its façade with gleaming light, playing thesame game of the large bear statue and watertower thatrest adjacent to Cabela’s. The innovatrium denies thebig-box entrance typology though by being raised offthe ground, offering no clear entrance. This sets up adisruptive contradiction where the innovatrium createsa large amount of attention yet is completely uninvitingfor any person yearning to visit.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 7
  5. 5. INNOVATRIUM In terms of robotic design, the innovatrium contains Disrupting Dundee, Michigan extraction pods which are efficient clean-room spaces for robots to extract as many flavors and fragrances from flowers as possible. In a voracious capitalist economy where a 3% return is expected by shareholders every year, the extraction pods need to function at maximum capacity. Therefore human-interaction with these extraction pods is completely limited to a maintenance hatch in the event that a robot breaks down, and an exchange window, where humans can garner the robotic flavor and fragrance yields. The extraction pods also rest in a seemingly adhoc Cabela’s configuration on the site as if springing forth at random like wildflowers in a field, calling attention to themselves with their clumsy stance, denying the stratified strip-mall mentality of their surroundings. The rest of the innovatrium surrounds the extraction pods in a clumsy faceted manner, as if it is only there to house the extraction pods and maintain them. Innovatrium The interior of the innovatrium remains unfinished with exposed beams, wiring, and mechanical equipment strewn about, reinforcing the idea that the space surrounding the extraction pods exists in order to maintain maximum extraction and also reinforcing that this is not a place for the super-consumer. site plan Above: Siteplan showing the relationship of the innovatrium to Cabelas. Created using AutoCAD and Illustrator. Far Left: Rendering showing delivery of first Extraction Pod to the site. Created using Rhino and Photoshop. Left: Rendering of Extraction Pods during delivery phase. Created using Rhino and Photoshop.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 9
  6. 6. INNOVATRIUM Disrupting Dundee, Michigan Open to Below DN UP Open to Below Open to Below DN Open to Below UP L1 L2 oor plans scale 3/32” = 1’ 0 5 10 20 Weeping Wilow Tree FACTS PERFROMANCE GENERAL MaximumLength 70ft 0in (21.36m) Maximum Girth 60ft (18.28m) Growth Rate 10ft/yr (3.1m/yr) SUNLIGHT Weeping Willows grow best in full sunlight. SOIL CONDITION50’-70’ Weeping willows grow easily in almost any soil conditions. They grow best in moist soil PERFORMANCE Weeping Willows grow primarily in the northern hemisphere. There are over 400 varieties, and are capable of cross-multipying with ease, constantly creating new species. John G. Simenic • Portfolio 11 Source: http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Weeping_Willow_Tree_Facts
  7. 7. INNOVATRIUM Disrupting Dundee, Michigan 29’-9” 88’-7” 24’-2” 72’-2” 6’- 9” 19’-2” 3’-10” 23’-5” 9’-4” 9’-4” 6’- 0” 24’-4”Far Right: Detailed section of 5’ - 0” 22’-1” 45’-0”Extraction Pod showing the robot and 69’-8”the robot’s movement area. Created 5’-9”with AutoCAD and Illustrator. 5’- 4” scale 1/8” = 1’ 40’-6”Below: Photos of ABS model which 0 5 10 20measures roughly 3”x 5”x 4” tall. 20’-5” Erickson Air Crane S-64F Extraction Pod DESIGN, WEIGHTS, PERFROMANCE DESIGN, WEIGHTS, PERFROMANCE 4’-6” 11’-3” GENERAL GENERAL Maximum Gross Weight 47,000 lbs (21,320 kg) MaximumLength 45ft 0in (13.7m) Mximum Hook Weight 25,000 lbs (11,340 kg) Maximum Girth 29ft 9in (9.1m) Maximum Cruise Speed 104 kts (192 km/hr) Extraction Area* 1225.7sq. ft (113.9sq. m) Maximum Range 240 miles (444 km) *based on surface area of cantilevered levels FUSELAGE (non-pressurized) Length* 69ft 8in (21.20m) MATERIALITY Width* 7ft 1in (2.13m) Interior:epoxy resin paint Width Landing Gear 21ft 10.7in (6.67m) Exterior: corten steel paneling 4ft x 8ft panels .25in thick (1.21m x 2.84 m) 6.35mm thick *fuselage only, external dimension Frame: steel MAIN ROTOR GROUND CONNECTION Main Rotor Diameter 72ft 2.85in (22.7m) Connection Diameter 6ft 6in (1.98m) Disc Area 4098.2sq. ft (368.8sq. m) Depth Below Grade 2ft 7in (.8m) Connection below grade ... TAIL ROTOR Tail Rotor Diameter 16ft (4.9m) Disc Area 201.1sq. ft (18.7sq. m) EXTRACTION MECHANISM (KUKA robotics K120p-) LANDING GEAR See bb Main Gear twin tires Nose Gear single tire PERFORMANCE Wheel Base 24ft 4.32in (7.43m) Operation Hours 24hrs Extraction Pods are completely prefabricated. Once placed on site and POWER PLANT (2 pratt and whitney jftd12a-4a) connected to the network, Extraction Pods are able to work around the clock 2’-7” Maximum Power Available 9,600 SHP without interuption. Any waste produced is collected in the bottom of the Single Engine Limit 4,800 SHP / 30 min. Pod and removed at regular intervals via maintenance/unloading hatch. Design Power: for two engne operation at takeo , the transmission total power is limited to 3’ -10” 10’ -8” 7,900 SHP for 30 minutes, and must not exceed, 7,600 SHP and Maximum aa continuouspower. scale 1/4” = 1’ 6’ -6” Source: http://www.ericksonaircrane.com/ 0 5 10John G. Simenic • Portfolio 13
  8. 8. INNOVATRIUM Disrupting Dundee, Michigan Above: Interior rendering from inside of an Extraction Pod looking out into the interior workspace. Created using Rhino and Photoshop. Far Left: Interior rendering showing workspace in relationship to Extraction Pods. Created using Rhino, Illustrator, and Photoshop. L1 key planJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 15
  9. 9. INNOVATRIUM Disrupting Dundee, Michigankey planRight: Exterior rendering showingthe Innovatrium projecting imagesat sunset. Created using Rhino,Photoshop, and Illustrator.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 17
  10. 10. SCENT CAMERA #9 Constructing a scent For the second project of my inital graduate semesterour studio was given a photo of a flower and askedto construct an 11”x 11”x 37” tall piece based on theimage of a flower. We were also asked to think aboutthe picture in terms of its possible olfactory capabilities,hence the title, Scent Camera. Given the ninth flower photo in a series of flowerphotos (shown right), I began to think about synergyand the relationship between the micro and the macro.When thinking about the photo in terms of a scent, Ibegan to question the biological breakdown of theflower in terms of its cellular structure and its relationto the creation of scents and fragrances. How are thecellular blocks broken down and then reconfigured to Above: Flower image number 9.create something similar and yet entirely different to the Far Right: Early conceptual sketch.original configuration? My launch into this investigation focused on thecreation of “cells,” or tiny hollow blocks, which Iconfigured in layers and then stacked until I filled theproject dimensions (initial study model shown on p18).From this study model, I began questioning the spatialconfiguration and the types of spaces are created. Ialso noticed that using colored cardboard created veryinteresting secondary and tertiary spaces within theconstruct. When scaling up the study model for thefinal, I decided to use sheet metal due to its thinness andlight reflecting qualities, which I thought would bringabout that color and texture created with the cardboardstudy model. I also created a set of rules by which toconstruct the final piece: 1) I could use between 9 and11, 2.5” cubes per layer in the construct, and 2) I wouldonly use only one method of joining via steel-studpunch-crimper, which limited the possible methodsof joining. Given these rules, I questioned what typesof spaces could be created at different scales. In otherwords, I questioned how the construct would read from25’, 10’, and less than 1’.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 19
  11. 11. SCENT CAMERA #9 Constructing a scentAbove Left: Early concept modelmade from empty cereal boxes andempty beer cases.Above Right: Final construct madefrom 24 gauge sheet steel and mylar.Construct measures 11”x 11”x 37.”John G. Simenic • Portfolio 21
  12. 12. SCENT CAMERA #9 Constructing a scent Right: Reflection drawing based on reactions from final constructs. Created using Photoshop and Illustrator. Printed drawingJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio measures 24”x 36.” 23
  13. 13. UNDERGRADUATE WORK Miami University, 08.06 - 05.10John G. Simenic • Portfolio 25
  14. 14. CLIFTON LIBRARY Rethinking a local learning hub The site for Clifton library sits on an urban streetcorner in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located between theUniversity of Cincinnati campus to the south and themore historic Clifton district to the north, the cornersite contains many unique opportunities to serve as alink between the two districts. Also, the current CliftonLibrary is seen as a landmark for learning and educationwithin the small Clifton community. Taking theseobservations, I wanted to create a bright and invitingbuilding that would serve as a major landmark in theClifton community as well as a landmark that wouldlink the campus district with the historical district.Left: 1/8” scale model made fromparticle board and chip board.Right: Exterior perspective fromstreet level. Created using FormZand Photoshop.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 27
  15. 15. CLIFTON LIBRARY Rethinking a local learning hub Below: 1/8” scale model. Above Right: Floor plans. Below Right: North elevation, longitudinal section, and transverse section created using FormZ and Photoshop.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 29
  16. 16. line of physical confrontation CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP Exploring communities in Istanbul. The goal of the Confrontation Workshop was to addressa diverse but largely impoverished neighborhood inIstanbul, Turkey. Working with Turkish design students,our studio sought to address the underlying culturalfabric that made up the neighborhood and adjacentneighborhoods, and after an in-depth study, design acommunity center that addressed the needs and wants line of cultural confrontationof the neighborhood. The neighborhood is located in an area that is betweenthree layers of confrontation. Acting as a major line ofconfrontation to the east is the famous Istiklal Streetwhich is an agglomeration of high-end and low-endshops and restaurants. Also lying to the east is a majorline of cultural confrontation where many peoplefrom both eastern and western Turkey have settledcreating a mixed community in terms of geographical, line of economic confrontationreligious, and economic backgrounds. Acting as aphysical barrier to the west is a six-lane street knownas Tarlabasi Avenue which completely separates theadjacent neighborhoods. the site Left: Process perspective sketch Right: Map of a small district in Istanbul, Turkey just north of the Golden Horn.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 31
  17. 17. CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP Exploring communities in Istanbul. My proposal was a community center that focused on weaving together the cultural fabric of the neighborhood into one gathering space that would bring together the diverse population of the direct neighborhood and the adjacent neighborhoods. Left: Exterior perspective from street level. Created using a hand drawing underlay with Photoshop Top Right: Exterior perspective from raised entrance. Created using Revit. Bottom Right: East elevationJohn G. Simenic • Undergraduate PortfolioJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 33
  18. 18. CONFRONTATION WORKSHOP Exploring communities in Istanbul. UP Open to Open to Below Below DN Right: Second level interior perspec- tive showing community gallery space. Created using Revit and DN Photoshop. Above Level: Second level floor plan Above Right: Longitudinal sectionJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 35
  19. 19. FROEBEL AND WESTCOTT Building communities in Istanbul. To begin studying Frank Lloyd Wright our studio first sought to look at Wright’s design process. Little is known about his actual design process but many scholars believe that Wright’s design process was highly influenced by his childhood experience with Froebel sets. So our studio began by constructing Froebel sets out of raw maple. The process began from a basic tactility with a single natural material Far Left: Street view photo of the Westcott House in Spring field, Ohio. and simple design exercies. These simple exercies were then taken and applied on a larger scale for an international arts Below Left: Westcott House spatial study campus masterplan located adjacent to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Below Right: Pictures showing build- Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio. ing process for Froebel setJohn G. Simenic • PortfolioJohn G. Simenic • Undergraduate Portfolio 37
  20. 20. FROEBEL AND WESTCOTT Building communities in Istanbul. The goal of the Westcott House masterplan was to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s design process and to weave landscape and built structure into one. The result is a masterplan design for a multi-functional arts campus that sits low and quiet in the midwestern landscape connected to the Westcott House by only subtle landscape features. The sublety of the design seeks not to dominate the Westcott House but to compliment it by displaying similar design philosophies. Far Left: Process sketch Below: Longitudinal site section created using hand drawing underlay with Photoshop.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 39
  21. 21. HICKMAN CHAPEL Far Left: process sketches Reviving a chapel, a community, and a history. Below: Longitudinal site section created using FormZ and Photoshop. After measuring, observing, and documentingHickman Chapel, our studio was asked to workindividually and think of ways to refurbish the chapelinto a space that would not only serve as a chapel butalso as a community space that could host homecomingevents that were once a staple in the Mill Runcommunity.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 41
  22. 22. HICKMAN CHAPEL Reviving a chapel, a community, and a history. Sitting just miles away from Frank Lloyd Wright’sFallingwater, I began by using the Froebel processfor my design. This involved using a kits of parts andestablishing how design elements could be arrangedwith select site elements in the landscape. My designcentered around refurbishing the basement into auseable community area. Within the design, a largeoutdoor hearth sets up a synergetic relationship betweenthe indoors and outdoors, and sliding doors allow thethe space to completely open up to the environment. Above: Interior perspective created using FormZ and Photoshop.Natural materials that are warm in color are alsoused to make the basement and patio blend into the Right: Exterior perspective showinglandscape so that the stark white chapel remains the outdoor gathering terrace. Created using FormZ and Photoshop.focal point of the hillside.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 43
  23. 23. HICKMAN CHAPEL Reviving a chapel, a community, and a history.Above: Transverse section lookingout into the landscape. Createdusing FormZ and Photoshop.Right: Exterior perspective showingthe outdoor terrace and addition.Created using FormZ andPhotoshop.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 45
  24. 24. GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION The greenest brisk is the one that is already there. Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printingand typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been theindustry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s,when an unknown printer took a galley of type andscrambled it to make a type specimen book. It hassurvived not only five centuries, but also the leap intoelectronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged.It was popularised in the 1960s with the release ofLetraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, andmore recently with desktop publishing software likeAldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Right: Final competition board #1 (original size: 20” x 20”). Below: site pictures of Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohiovv.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 47
  25. 25. GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION The greenest brisk is the one that is already there. Right: Final competition board #2 (original size: 20” x 20”).John G. Simenic • Portfolio 49
  26. 26. GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION The greenest brisk is the one that is already there. Right: Final competition board #3 (original size: 20” x 20”).John G. Simenic • Portfolio 51
  27. 27. GREEN COMMUNITIES COMPETITION The greenest brisk is the one that is already there. Right: Final competition board #4 (original size: 20” x 20”).John G. Simenic • Portfolio 53
  28. 28. TECHTOWN Designing for the Creative Class. Resting on the banks of the Mad River and justblocks away from downtown Dayton, Ohio, Techtownis the site of a future business park which willeventually contain fifteen multi-functional, low-riseoffice buildings. Using an existing HOK masterplan,our studio, was asked to design an efficient officebuilding for the rising creative class as defined byRichard Florida’s book The Rise of the Creative Class. Thinking in terms of efficiency and economy I beganthe design process by coming a up with a simple kitof parts that consisted of a simple cube and simple1:2 and 1:3 proportions. Working from a this kit ofrectangular parts I began to play with ideas of framingand movement. The result is three major forms; atall central form and two rectangular forms thatintersect and slip past and through the central form. Above: Building parti Left: Early process sketch perspective Right: Rendered perspective of southwest corner. Created using FormZ and PhotoshopJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 55
  29. 29. TECHTOWN Designing for the Creative Class. Far Left: Floor plans. The central form functions as the circulation Bottom Left: Longitudinal section. core, while the two adjacent rectangular forms serves as tenant spaces. Working from a simple Above: Rendered perspectives. palette of materials I sought to express each Created using FormZ and form with a distinctive material so as to create a Photoshop compelling spatial composition.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 57
  30. 30. TECHTOWN Designing for the Creative Class. I wanted the tenants to have a sense of connection to the downtown area, the Mad River, and the outdoor environment. A large fenestrated southwest facade serves the function of connecting the tenants to downtown, while large cut-out patios provide connections not only to the outdoors but framed views to downtown Dayton and the Mad River. West Elevation East Elevation Right: Northeast rendered perspective. Created using FormZ and PhotoshopJohn G. Simenic • Portfolio 35 59
  31. 31. SELECTED WORKS Paintings and Grahphite. Left: Graphite drawing of the Kanyon Mall in Istanbul, Turkey (cropped). Original rendering is 8”x12”. Right: Close-up view of the Kanyon Mall graphite rendering.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 61
  32. 32. SELECTED WORKS Paintings and Grahphite. Below: The Whirling Dervishes. A series of 3 x 8”x10” acryllic paintings. Left: Close-up of the middle dervish painting.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 63
  33. 33. SELECTED WORKS Paintings and Grahphite. Left: Der Fortschritt, “The Progress”. 18”x24” acryllic painting Right: Close-up of Der Fortschritt.John G. Simenic • Portfolio 65
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