This was my first assignment at Fuksas. This large commercial Centre and amusement park also included a 50 rooms Hotel, with amenity podium, and a separate Auditorium. I have been modeling and then directing the modeling of all components of the project (Auditorium, Park, Mall, and Hotel), when the client put the project on hold.
After I was involved in the late master plan design and visualization for a proposed new Oilers arena, I decided to pursue my original concept of the "swirling" open plaza (from the north) and green park (from the south) that generate the geometry of the arena itself, at their intersection. The arena has two concrete, organic wings: one perforated to become a large truss, to the north and east; and one more solid, to the south and west. The perforated, glazed wing allows both for a visual connection with the large plaza to the north, and northern light to flood the circulation galleria within it.
This project was developed to the SD phase, as an important waterfront development in Sausalito. It features a storage building, an industrial two story building with roll-up doors for the shops on the ground floor; and an elegant office component at the most visible portion of the site, the tip toward the marina. This building also provides a plaza with restaurant / cafe' open to the general public.
Toirano is a medieval borgo laying in the hillside of the northern-Italian Liguria region, 3 kilometers from the sea. I was asked by the major to design a feature that would improve the presence of the borgo from the provincial street, which connects it to the rest of the region. Located on the provincial street itself, only a couple of blocks from the entry to the borgo, this open, public plaza wants to slow potential tourists and redirect them toward the borgo. A short circular wall, at the end of a pedestrian amphitheater, offers a prime location for a stainless steel sign reading the name of the borgo. At the same time, the plaza respects and preserves the trees planted here at the end of WWII as commemoration of the citizens fallen in the conflict. Having visited the borgo several times, I paid special attention to the materials currently in use in the existing historical buildings as well as the new ones. The original design called for split face local stones, cobble stones, wood, and a shallow pool of water.
For this proposal of a large re-development of the San Francisco East bay, I developed a fully "intelligent" BIM model, including custom Mass families and schedules.
California Academy of the Arts is a unique partnership of professional theater companies and primary and secondary educational facilities on an urban site, geared toward providing theater patrons with unparalleled experiences, and allowing students the opportunity to learn along side professional actors and crew. The complex comprises four theater venues: 1500 seat theater, 600 seat theater, 200 seat flexible use theater, and 100 seat flexible use theater. Educational and rehearsal space for the visual and performing arts is directly adjacent to the theater complex – facilitating an integrated learning experience for primary/secondary students, as well as BFA candidates.
The California Academy of the Arts forms the centerpiece for the new public piazza in the Rail-yards, developed by Thomas Enterprises in Sacramento, California. Full production facilities to support the theaters are also on site. The complex envisions planted outdoor roof gardens for use before and after theatrical events, or for private and public events. The project has been envisioned by many of the major arts groups in the region, including Sacramento Theater Company, California Musical Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Capitol Stage, Sacramento Choral Society, Sacramento Philharmonic, among others.
This waterfront development included industrial, storage and office components. A wood boat construction school was also to be preserved in the program, as an existing artisanship center linked to the history of the place. The site occupies half of the historic shipyard which built all the Liberty ships during WWII.
This was a relatively fast master planning exercise, where I rendered the site plans and the perspectives from the same 3D Studio MAX scene. Several options for office, lab and parking expansion were analized and proposed.
This master plan explored the addition of 3M square foot of new office space to the existing campus, including the required parking, and public open spaces. Several concept design schemes were produced and presented.
These are options for the Hilltop site of the Genentech South San Francisco campus. Also, we developed the graphics for a general campus site plan.
The Salesians retained Chong Partners to complete an extensive master plan of their aging campus. After determining the goals and the needs of the school, and after analyzing the shortcomings of the existing infrastructures, we proposed several interventions, including additional buildings and extensive remodeling of the existing structures. The aim was to meet current code and requirements. Finally, I produced a comprehensive video highlighting the master plan features to help the Salesians marketing team in their found rising efforts.
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