This comprehensive studio project proposes a new museum for the city of Boston. Situated in Fort Point Channel at the site of the defunct Northern Avenue Bridge, the proposed museum is intended to serve as a link between the Financial and Seaport Districts. Integral to this project is a new pedestrian bridge connecting the two parts of the city.
The museum’s exposed concrete structure is designed to serve multiple functions including organizing space, providing circulation, and concealing mechanical/electrical systems. The first level is dedicated to administrative offices and processing. The second level contains the lobby, auditorium, temporary exhibits, and café. The third level is dedicated to collections and also provides dramatic views of the harbor and the city.
The building’s envelope maximizes and controls natural light. The timber slats produce waves on the façade that allow more or less light into the interior, depending on the needs of the spaces within.
Because the museum’s collection focuses on Boston’s history of technology and innovation, the building is designed to serve as a teaching exhibit on innovative technologies such as water-source heating and cooling and tidal energy production.
Design Team: Graham Hanson and Paolo Orlando
Market Square Food & Wellness Center
Developed as a team project for the Las Vegas Food Hub Studio, Market Square Food & Wellness Center is designed to promote long-term community health and wellbeing in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. The Food & Wellness Center will expand the local economy and food system by providing a centralized hub for local food producers and vendors. The center will also serve as a source for ongoing community engagement on food, food production, nutrition, healthy living, and strategies for building a more sustainable community.
Design Team: Melissa Brooks, Aleksandar Daljevic, Sinisha Daljevic, Sankalp Gupta, and Graham Hanson
6th Ave. Market
The 6th Avenue Corridor in Des Moines is a neighborhood in need of redevelopment. Composed primarily of low-income residents, it is also the most ethnically diverse area of Des Moines. Currently there are no major food sources within a walkable distance.
We designed this project as a direct respond to this need. The market includes 10,000 sq. ft. of space for natural and locally-sourced foods. In addition, a major component of this project is dedicated to food education. The project includes a large teaching kitchen, classroom, greenhouse, and terrace garden where members of the community can engage with all aspects of food production from growing produce to preparing meals.
Design Team: Graham Hanson, Andrew Meyer
Kansas City String Conservatory
For this studio project, I was asked to design a string conservatory in the Arts District of Kansas City. The building was inspired by the form and construction of classical string instruments.
The design features timber frame bents that rotate on an axis throughout the building's length. This rotation creates curved interior surfaces that maximize acoustic performance.
The design incorporates abundant daylighting with a distinctive frit pattern on the glazing to help diffuse light and block unwanted heat gain.
The program includes indoor performance space and classrooms as well as a terraced amphitheater for outdoor performances and events.
Stockholm Institute of Music
This studio project transformed the famous Stockholm Public Library, designed by Erik Gunnar Asplund in 1928, into a music school. The building's circular main hall presented a particular challenge as a performance space. To overcome the room's poor acoustics, I designed a modular panel system that lined the interior of the space. To enhance the visual and aesthetic impact of the venue, I replaced the existing roof with a steel and glass structure that would allow visitors to view the night sky during performances.
With this project I set out to create a structure inspired by the form and essence of the rotunda. The goal was to design a multi-purpose outdoor event space.
I also wanted to explore the possibilities of bent timber structures and lightweight, tensile assemblies. I drew inspiration from a variety of projects that incorporated these elements and strove to create a design that was strong, efficient, simple, and elegant.
Masdar City Analysis
Masdar City is a planned development under construction in Abu Dhabi. Designed by Foster + Partners as an energy neutral city, the project is a complex amalgam of advanced technology and traditional Middle Eastern design techniques. This analysis highlights some of the project's key features.
Tall Ship Exhibit
This poster illustrates a design proposal for an outdoor museum exhibit on the U.S.S. Constitution. Conceived as a traveling exhibit, the life-sized section model would be constructed using traditional materials, tools, and methods. The exhibit showcases both the processes and technology of 18th century shipbuilding.