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Playing Card Vortex

By ding

On 11, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

Playing Card Vortex

Derived from the study of the form of artist Max Bill’s “Endless Ribbon” sculpture, our concept is that a single, continuous line whose unconstrained movement, as a whole is dependent on the natural flow and degree of fold of each of the six distinct segments.

The idea of enclosure as stimulated by the understanding of the notation of a hat is presented by the model in a series of spaces that are formed by the natural curve of the surface of the line, as well as the possibility of the line to extend and create new systems of enclosure. The natural condition of the line is further represented by the connection that relates the individual cards to one another, as there are no fasteners or rubber bands involved; the connection not only secures the cards but provides structure to the object in its entirety.

Publication:
University of Pennsylvania – School of Design, Department of Architecture 2007/2008 portfolio

Exhibition:
WORKWORKWORK – PennDesign Architecture Student Exhibition 2008

Curator:
Detlef Mertins

Material: 648 Bicycle Playing Cards
Dimension: 36” L x 24” W x 16” H

Studio: Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss






Caballo Blanco Renovation

By ding

On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

Caballo Blanco Renovation

Caballo Blanco has been serving the South Sacramento area authentic Mexican food for nearly forty years. The family-own restaurant used to host numerous Latin musical events on the second level of the restaurant years ago. Yet, the space has been idle and hidden under a large green awning ever since the restaurant stopped hosting these events. The objective of this project is to redesign a brand new and exciting interior for the second story that would bring the 9,588 square feet restaurant back to its days of grandeur and create a conference event facility for the community.

In order to create a sense of opening and rediscover the beauty of this space, a large portion of the ten-feet high ceiling has been raised and replaced with skylight windows. This is not only provides additional natural light into the space, but also demonstrates the splendor of the architecture. The wood trusses are no longer to be hidden.

Decorative columns were added to the space, along with the refinished maple floor and new custom designed doors. The windows and walls have been painted in maroon and yellow, giving vibrancy to the space and representing traditional Mexican colors. Finally, four palm trees are planted at the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Fruitridge Road, bringing a tropical flare to the restaurant and to announce its reopening.

Site / Building: Sacramento, CA
This project was a collaboration with Liem Dang (UC Davis Design 06′)

Award: First Prize – 2006 Design by Design Annual Student Exhibition at the University of California, Davis

Model Scale: 1/4″ = 1′ – 0″
Model Dimension: 20″ L x 24″ W x 7″ H
Material: Plastic, Balsa Wood, Basswood and Foamboard

Studio: Patricia Harrison (2006)
Guest Critic: Owner of Caballo Blanco Restaurant







Cube House

By ding

On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

Cube House

This was a redesign project that based on the two famous French architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret’s design, “the mass-production Artisans’ Dwellings”; I renamed it as “Cube House”. A key motivation behind this renovation is based on my personal interests in metal architecture, here the exterior wooden frame presents the metal.

We had the flexibility to modify the entrance and a window, add a small space to the house, however not to exceed 150 square feet. Therefore, I constructed a 1/4″ scale study model built with several additional architectural elements: a two story high patio, a small storage room, a large exterior shading device, and an enlarged the double door entrance.

Later, more modifications were made for the final model. The patio structure frame was extended for natural light infiltration, as well as creating a sense of visual interest from the interior. Also, thin sheets of clear acrylic have been inserted to the windows to represent glass. Finally, a variety of colored paper was used to symbolize different materials, such as the gray for concrete, the dark green for the roof, and the cream for interior walls.

Model Scale: 1/4″ = 1′-0″
Model Dimension: 9″ L x 9″ W x 7″ H
Material: Plastic, Balsa Wood, Basswood, Colored Paper and Foam board

Studio: Peter Xiques