CAROLINE S. LEBAR

Architecture Work in Progress - GSAPP M. Arch. '13

"Walls & Grommets," with Liz Shearer and Ron Ajel, for the AIA Small Project Practioners "Pop-up Project" Competition, March 2014.  Our tent design for a farmer’s market stall builds on the base of an existing tent with a grommet-wall design that makes the tent more functional, beautiful, and flexible.

Vertical Bike Rack for two bikes - designed and built with jlebar.  Consists of one sheet of plywood, one 4x4 post, two angles, two bike hooks, and a bunch of screws.  Keeps the walls clean and the bikes off the floor!  The bikes rest on their rear tires, the bike hooks keep them upright.  The structure rests against the wall for extra stability but is actually freestanding - no holes in the wall!  We couldn’t find a suitable rack online, so we built one ourselves.  My first furniture project out of school.

From sketch to reality:  Silicon Valley Skyfighters (Quidditch team) logo.  The design is a mash-up of Star Wars and quidditch:  volleyball-quaffle-Death Star, snitch-X wing, dodgeball-bludger-TIE fighter, and lightsaber-brooms.

"Structural Storage" for Beyond Prototype, with Amir Afifi, Sepideh Khazaei, and Miguel A. Lantigua; critic Jason Ivaliotis.  Our 3D hybrid wall/structure system, fabricated from bent 1/4" acrylic and milled 1/16" plate aluminum, has the potential to serve as storage or to provide space for mechanical equipment, insulation, or other uses.  The self-supporting start-shaped units connect together in a grid with aluminum gusset plates.  We used Grasshopper for Rhino to generate the pieces and to produce milling files for use in the CNC mill.

Final drawings for Advanced Curtain Walls with Bob Heintges.  My project, “Illusion Wall,” is a design for a unitized curtain wall system with site-installed aluminum rainscreen panels that gives the overall appearance of a random facade.  The panels clip on to the units underneath, and cantilever over the unit joints, to give a seamless appearance.  Operable (push-out) and fixed box-frame windows in the units blend in with the panels and are flush with the face of the panels for a smooth overall surface, while the panel design gives the illusion of overlapping 3D planes.

The Gourmet by Hulic: night and day views at street level.  An open ground floor allows LRT and pedestrian traffic to flow in and out of the building, and draws visitors to the public market levels below ground.  At 15 FAR, the building provides favorable returns and brings new amenities to the neighborhood, with a destination design that will attract top tenants, locals, and visitors.  Sushibashi + The Gourmet by Hulic, with Mehmet Ozdemir and Hyukjin Park.  Tokyo Hyperdensity Studio, critics Galia Solomonoff and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Advanced Studio VI, spring 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

Street view and diagrams of light penetration and heat transfer.  The Gourmet will host a range of programs to achieve a profitable as well as socially desirable mix: hotel, co-working office space, food-related TV studio, cooking school, food-related retail, fresh food and imported food markets, and restaurants.  Heat from the many kitchens is vented to the transfer floors, where it is used to heat outdoor public spaces in the winter.  Some waste heat is also used to warm the rooftop pool.  The central void helps bring light down to the two transfer floor / plaza levels.  Sushibashi + The Gourmet by Hulic, with Mehmet Ozdemir and Hyukjin Park.  Tokyo Hyperdensity Studio, critics Galia Solomonoff and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Advanced Studio VI, spring 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

Site plan and ground floor plan, The Gourmet by Hulic.  The Sushibashi LRT terminal is located at the ground floor of the building, cantilevered over a sunken retail/market area.  The hotel and office entrance is to the west, while the public access is adjacent to the rail lines.  Sushibashi + The Gourmet by Hulic, with Mehmet Ozdemir and Hyukjin Park.  Tokyo Hyperdensity Studio, critics Galia Solomonoff and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Advanced Studio VI, spring 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

The Gourmet by Hulic, plans and section.  Sushibashi + The Gourmet by Hulic, with Mehmet Ozdemir and Hyukjin Park.  Tokyo Hyperdensity Studio, critics Galia Solomonoff and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Advanced Studio VI, spring 2013, Tokyo, Japan.

The final piece of our master plan is The Gourmet by Hulic, a proposed hotel plus food-related commercial/retail hub at the terminus of the Sushibashi LRT.  The Gourmet takes its organization from a bento box, providing hotel guests with a unique experience of exclusive access to specialty restaurants and shops.  Restaurants are located throughout the building and conveniently located for the commercial and retail programs.  Separate cores provide private circulation for the hotel and easy access for the public retail areas.  Sushibashi + The Gourmet by Hulic, with Mehmet Ozdemir and Hyukjin Park.  Tokyo Hyperdensity Studio, critics Galia Solomonoff and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Advanced Studio VI, spring 2013, Tokyo, Japan.