The New England Meditation Center devised as a landscape design intervention looked to explore the idea of trajectory and thresholds utilizing the defining forms of Matter, Water and Light as vehicles to describe a particular experience rich to the senses. The trajectory described by the intervention delineates a series of moments and events that emphasize the understanding of the site and the orientation to the forces that shape and describe the relation between the earth, sky and water elements creating the environment. Along a distant path, visitors enter through the site progressing through a sloping terrain, approaching an extensive stone wall which impedes visual reference to the conditions beyond while creating a linear progression adjacent to the massive quality of this gesture. Along the path, a subtle threshold allows for an entry point to the main grounds of the center slowly describing the entire view as opposing walls slope to reveal the horizon beyond. Inscribed in the landscape, a series of pools filled by the channeled water source from the adjacent river, roof the bathing structure underneath creating a series of enclosed chambers for bathing and spiritual reflection. The careful mitigation of light, water movement and orientation stimulate all senses as the air sweeps within the structure, the water flows above it, filling the space with cascading sounds, filtrating the light source through the water being channeled by the solid forms, only to be directed to the ocean.
The Fair Haven Music Fair unites a Multi-cultural population into a blend of traditional and contemporary melodies. Through the manipulation of surrounding massing elements and existing structures and forms, what used to be a decayed industrial site along the Navesink river’s edge, will become home to the most popular and anticipated music festival in the New England area. Through the emphasis on rhythm, pace and movement the landscape intervention seeks to create a unique neutral space which could house a variety of events throughout the seasons, leading to the main event housing 30,000 people in a diverse mixture of music space and sound. The use of repetitive patterns in the form of vegetation and structural boundaries, create a series of visual and physical trajectories, dictating the sites influence on it’s audience. Exhorting the inhabitant to direct their journey through the site by their choice of visual preference as well as musical inclination. Visual corridors engaged on pedestrian walkways will direct people to a number of different performing areas, these divided into particular sectors composed of closed, semi closed and open space areas geared for each particular performance.
Located on the outskirt of Seoul, the Oksu Dong Pedestrian Bridge seeks to create a vital connection between two sources of transportation infrastructure. Floating over a series of landscaped plazas the structure creates a pedestrian route between a local train platform and an interstate train station. The sculptural nature of the bridge roofs over a series of landscape terraces leading to the adjacent neglected neighborhood of Oksu Dong, repairing the urban disconnect to the surrounding areas by using the infrastructure divide as a portal to the area rather than a barrier. Composed of a series of compressive structural wood frames linked by steel cables and woven fabric tensile members the bridge seeks to create an architectural statement true to the integrity of the local construction techniques while providing a modern aesthetic to the way this elements are combined. Inspired by the techniques used by the local Korean people while traveling with their daily lunch portions to the planting fields, the bridge structure seeks to imitate the wrapping of their dishware with woven plant material, by combining structural elements in compression with the interwoven tensile qualities provided by the steel cables and tensile fabric.
The Condado Wave Barrier, suggests an urban connection from the new and emerging Convention Center District to the the tourist destination of Condado. Through a series of linear parks, the intervention seeks to create a gateway from the city to the sea as this special site becomes the one place of pedestrian connection to what mostly remains a privatize waterfront. The design intent was to create a naturally driven interactive water feature powered by the motions of the ocean. The Wave barrier would serve to buffer what is known as an inhospitable swimming areas to the public while creating a series of cascading pools for bathing, engaging the public in a recreational venue which provides the protection of a barrier while exhorting a new connection with the sea.
The Creekside at Beville Run Master Plan is a private lifestyle center development in direct collaboration with the University of Florida and the City of Gainesville to create a vast planning effort for the university campus to adopt a new central community hub, mixed with private mixed used development student parking, street retail and a hospitality component. The overall scheme revolves around the continuation of Hull Road as a main artery in the university campus into the main boulevard of the development lining the street edge with pedestrian activity paused by a signature green oval space as the neighborhood center. Eight self supported development blocks were devised for the scheme creating a network of masses that correspond to the prevailing views and relation to one another, forming an urban street section which support the activity along the main boulevard while respecting the surrounding contextual massing.
The College for Emergency Rescue and Fire Fighters of Puerto Rico, was conceived as multi disciplinary facility located in Salinas, Puerto Rico which will house all the pertinent training grounds for the preparation of all prospective firefighters academy students and all rescue personnel that would be mobilized in the event of a major catastrophic event in the Carribean and the surrounding regions. Sponsored by the Obama administration this state of the art facility would be composed of an extensive mix of training grounds, ranging from different training props for a variety of fire encounters and rescue situations. The academic portion of the program is strategically located at the southern edge of what serves as the main circulation spine for The CBPR Academy Complex. The importance of this location is strictly enforced by the relationship of the programmatic elements that delineate this gesture. To the North, a landscape intervention serves as a natural threshold which visually and physically subdivides the entry sequence into the site. This serves as a means for storm water collection and a cooling element, which serves the adjacent student dormitory residences and recreational facilities. To the South, a public plaza, routed in its civic nature serves as a ceremonial entry sequence to what becomes an exterior extension of the CBPR Museum Gallery. A distinct exchange between this two components promotes the desired purpose of celebrating the memory of the fallen heroes that served their fellow men as members of “El Cuepro de Bomberos de Puerto Rico”. This architectural moment seeks to emphasize the synergy of the interior gallery exhibits and the Museum Monumental Plaza as a place of gathering and reflection. A place where history informs the present and the tragic events of the past teach the generations of the future. The Museum Gallery with a single gesture delineates the western façade of the administration pavilion to the west of the Museum Plaza. This architectural backdrop, while creating a visual segregation to the parking facilities located to the west of this pavilion will still allow for a prominent circulation path within the building. Exhorting free movement through the site while enforcing the use and prominence of the Museum as an integral part of the educational program for the academy. In addition to the CBPR Museum exhibits the administration pavilion will house a multi-purpose media press room with the ability of hosting ceremonial gatherings in conjunction to the Museum Gallery and the Museum Plaza, as well as Provost and Human Resources administrative office space. Prolonging the relation to this axis, the Museum Monumental Plaza, extends across a vehicular circulation path to create what becomes the civic foyer to the Pre-Function space for the Auditorium. Descending form the street level, a series of grand steps serve as an outdoor amphitheater landing on a contained entry plaza to the auditorium. This transitional gesture promotes the ability of transforming the spatial quality of the entry to host the exchange of a variety of functions that would support the educational pursuit of this venue. By the means of a series of ascending grand steps a main pedestrian circulation axis through the educational building component takes place connecting what are civic, educational and residential areas to the academy training facilities on site. The subtle vertical ascension from the main public areas leading up to the Main Upper Level Plaza gradually reveal the fire training facilities and the Mock City training props, giving the audience a full understanding of the site organization and orientation. Providing a safe gathering space for students and faculty alike to have instructional meetings in reference to the training facilities as a backdrop. From this Upper Level Plaza all campus connections can take place, main access to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Extinction classrooms as well as the upper pre-function areas of the Auditorium and the lower level student dining services and administration services. The upper level above the plaza provides shade from the southern exposure Caribbean sun while creating a breezeway to naturally cool the public spaces during the hot hours of the day. These areas will house a series of Extinction classrooms facing the fire training facilities, while allowing for the flexibility of combining the subsequent classrooms into a larger multi-purpose facility catering for large gatherings, conferences and events. This educational component serves to create a place of gather, a place of practice and exchange, a social mixture of learning and living, students and educators, a contained separation that serves a physical condition but provides a visual connection to the subject.
The Warwick Samoa Master Plan entails a design feasibility study for a beachfront property on the south shore of the island of Savaii in the Samoa islands. Warwick International Hotels commissioned Studio Rodar to develop a preliminary master plan considering location for, vehicular / pedestrian circulation, amenities areas, reception lobby, hotel restaurant, villas and infrastructure services.
The Colony at Sharon Road is a master planning effort which encompass a site of approximately 27 acres located at Sharon Road in Charlotte, NC. The design intention was to provide a multi-phased development on three parcels pursuant to the rezoning of the property. This new mixed-use community will offer retail space of 178,000 rentable square feet, 1800 dwelling units in mid-rise and low-rise buildings, and one or more 10-20 level high-rise structures for condominiums and a hotel. Each urban block is developmentally self-supporting to allow for phasing flexibility.
Commissioned by the Hilton hotel chain and in direct collaboration with V Architecture, Studio Rodar took upon the task of re directing the master planning effort for one of the oldest hotels in the Condado area of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The design intent focused on creating a new residential development parcel on the foregrounds of the hotel entrance while relocating the vehicular and pedestrian circulations to and from the existing visitors parking areas. A vast re design of the recreational amenities of the hotel took place in the effect of bringing an up to date modern appeal to the pool and beach areas while preserving the traditional 1960’s architecture of the hotel development.
Historically, the design concepts for Cleveland downtown train station terminal have define and enclosed Cleveland’s city center. Original design concepts created obtrusive iconic structures creating physical barriers to the mall, eliminating any connection between the city and the industrialized lakefront. The design competition scheme in the grand tradition of transportation terminals, creates a soaring grand hall which announces an urban entrance and delineates a portal from the city to the waterfront. An icon of prismatic elegance for the city of Cleveland provides a dramatic framed view of the lake and a pronounced marker for the city from the water. Ample sunlight pours into all levels of the multi modal terminal and it’s connection to the convention center district. The components of the terminal are dispersed within the landscape appearing as emerging pavilions through the undulating landscape, culminating on the proposed multilevel transit hub facility merging unimpeded vehicular and pedestrian movement through the station.