Sabai Fashion Institute Competition
Team Members: Matt Menendez, Sorayos Chuenchomphu, Patric Ifurung, Abel Garcia, Ivan Laguna
The Bangkok Fashion Hub, located in the heart of the Pathum wan District, sits between existing residential and new high rise development with the transit station at its front door. By creating local communal green scapes at ground level, it lends itself to the neighbors by creating markets to the north and east for fashion students and other local vendors to showcase and sell their goods.
Similar to the traditional Thai garment, Chong Kraben and Sin which wraps around the body, the building's form wraps the program to create spaces. The major building materials are concrete and bamboo, which are economical and locally sourced. The seemingly simple concrete section has a level of complexity that captures the volumetric personality. The roof surface wraps down and folds back under itself to encase the program spaces. The roof surface also wraps down and folds back under itself to enclose the spaces. This move creates the open ended conditions at the east and west facades. These conditions are skinned by a series of bamboo skins - the outer facade and atrium skin. The atrium skin which starts at the roof and wraps down to the ground level.
ULI Homeless Supportive Housing Competition
Team Members: Daniel Carper, Annie Chang, Min Kwak, Jonathan Shum
Sponsor: City of East Rancho Dominguez
BioTrope is a proposed new construction of a three-story mixed use project consisting of two floors of efficiency loft units with support services above a clean tech water management laundry facility, deli/coffee shop, at-grade parking, outdoor performing arts space and a pocket park shared by the local community.
Prior to arriving at BioTrope, future residents have exhausted all means at leading a sustainable lifestyle due to financial crisis, drug and alcohol addictions, mental instability, depression, and a general lack of immediate support. Our design team foresaw this near hopeless situation as an opportunity to provide a new chance at leading a better life, starting from scratch, wiping the canvas clean. It was important for us that the design present two sides to the project; a front yard and a back yard analogous to mid-century single family dwelling. The front facade, facing north along Compton Boulevard, presents a clean white form with little stylistic articulation; this was an important aspect of the design: that the resident is confronted with blankness/whiteness upon entering the facility which bears no judgement on how they wish to recreate their new lives. The back facade, facing south with diagonal adjacency to the East Rancho Dominguez Park, presents a lush social environment of solar shading, leisure spaces, with an atmosphere similar to that of a botanical garden. Like the single family dwelling typology, the design team was interested in simulating aspects of the "back yard" as a community space fostering leisure activities of gardening, socializing, and entertainment when outdoor performances occur. Although the residents are aware of the presence of support and the reality of a multi-unit homeless supportive housing environment, the design team felt that the more personal we could design the shared spaces, that this would help to lessen the scale of the complex.
Project done with Ilaria Mazzoleni Studio
"Warm It Up", a project designed by IM Studio, opened in Milan at the Triennale Design Museum. Matt was part of the design collaboration team. There are images of the work here: