about: this study grew out of an interest in history, a fascination with the states of time's physical embodiment within architecture and a belief that thoughtful interaction with a structure's history creates a more dynamic architecture. I believe that one of architecture's most intriguing qualities is its ability to latch on to abstractions, such as the states of time's synchronous existence within a building, in a physical way.
the century-old former central freight station of roanoke, virginia, was chosen as the structure to test these ideas within due to it's rich history, simple construction and time-honored materials.
past: the city of roanoke was a sleepy frontier town with a population of 664 in 1880. 1881 brought the norfolk & western railroad to roanoke, establishing the city as a major crossroad between the east and the growing west. by 1890 the once sleepy town had a bustling population of 16,159 with no signs of slowing down. today, the roanoke metro area is home to over 300,000 residents. until its closure in the 1970s, the roanoke freight station played a central role in the commerce, growth and daily life of the city of roanoke. as trains pulled up to the station, a city was built around it.
present: since 1985, the n&w freight station has been the home of the virginia museum of transportation. the museum's mission is the preservation and celebration of roanoke's rich rail history. the 45,000 sf building houses a collection of approximately 2,500 artifacts of virginia's transportation history.
future: an expansion of the museum's collection requires the addition of an archive building to the current structure. within the historic freight station, a series of interactions with the existing fabric of the building will help to provide a new identity, a better flow to the exhibits and to enhance an appreciation for the building and its history.
photos and sketches documenting a cross-country road trip with 3 college friends.
about: 'short track' was a fast-paced, ten day charette involving the design of a stock car racing museum and a fabrication shop in roanoke, virginia.
early in the study, a concept about exploiting the intersection of the two very different programs of museum and fabrication was developed. this led to a design concept that focused on the 'crossroad' between those two distinct programatic elements.
a series of photo-edits from a semester spent backpacking across europe.