Liezel Pimentel / Architecture

liezel.pimentel@gmail.com


2012


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WE-SAW (Honorable Mention Recipient)

WE-SAW (Honorable Mention Recipient)

Rendering depicting engagement of locals through multi-user seesaw and tire landscape implementation. This project was submitted to the Architecture for Humanity Chicago's 2013 ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention. More information can be found at activate2013.org.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Eatery design concepts developed for Levy Restaurants.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Portable eatery design concepts developed for Levy Restaurants.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Food stand concept developed for Levy Restaurants. Top image depicts a lower cost renovation of existing stadium food service locations, while the lower image shows a premium modification of the same space with different materials and increased identity signage.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Restaurant designs developed for requests for proposals for Levy Restaurants.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Portable concession stand designs developed for requests for proposals for Levy Restaurants.

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer

Programmatic maps depicting existing guest service and food offerings, created for Levy Restaurant request for proposal.

Destruction of a Dam

Destruction of a Dam

In an attempt to reorient the concept of water infrastructure and unpack how we negotiate, manage, and access water, the representations, uses, and manipulations of this liquid resource were explored through "Destruction of a Dam". The design proposal works in the condition of a less regulated canal, in which the waters are allowed to flow naturally, without the sluice gates at the Chicago River Controlling Works and the dam in Lockport maintaining the specific levels of 0.5-2 ft below the mean sea level of 579.48 ft. The rendering depicts the Chicago Harbor reimagined as a public pool and beach giving precedence to the individual rather than the city's boat culture.

Destruction of a Dam

Destruction of a Dam

The collage portrays the topics addressed in the thesis project: the intensely layered Chicago infrastructural networks, the beauty of former water management mechanisms, and more publicly visible urban infrastructures.

Balancing Transitional Housing

Balancing Transitional Housing

With homeless shelter funds recently cut from Detroit city budgets and a lack of low-income housing, the focus audience are the marginalized community of single female-headed households, at high risk of homelessness, and battered women seeking refuge. Typologies of transitional housing were examined and innovated beyond the typical provisions of empowerment in order to create a living and event space that attempts to address all foundations and literally provide and accommodate the opportunity for transition.

Balancing Transitional Housing

Balancing Transitional Housing

Spatial size and materiality change to suit varying comfort levels. Some windows are completely removed for an open, and more public atmosphere such as the interior courtyard, allowing families to play and interact. Some interior spaces have no windows or translucent windows to protect the identities of visitors. The main hallway has an entrance at one end and a large window at the other. This creates a framed view of the community. Visitors will take this as it is - as the desired future to own one of those properties or the relief of not having to endure a foreclosure.

Balancing Transitional Housing

Balancing Transitional Housing

The main hallway has an entrance at one end and a large window at the other. This creates a framed view of the community. Visitors will take this as it is - as the desired future to own one of those properties or the relief of not having to endure a foreclosure.

Peineta Plaza

Peineta Plaza

The lacework of traditional Catalan fabric and peinetas, large decorative combs placed on the head and typically draped with lace, influenced the design of Peineta Plaza. Meant to reinvigorate the Catalan textile industry, designers, factory workers, and factory owners are given a location to eat, relax, collectivize, display their work, sell their work, teach, and, in general, interact with the public and tourists, allowing for greater exposure. The program includes a cafe, gallery, conference rooms, classrooms, and a large plaza area. The building is composed of walls patterned with diamond cutouts, which create doors, windows, a sense of lightness, and opportunities for product display. Not only is "lace" depicted in section and elevation, the shadows produced by the form create "lace in plan".

Peineta Plaza

Peineta Plaza

The lacework of traditional Catalan fabric and peinetas, large decorative combs placed on the head and typically draped with lace, influenced the design of Peineta Plaza. Meant to reinvigorate the Catalan textile industry, designers, factory workers, and factory owners are given a location to eat, relax, collectivize, display their work, sell their work, teach, and, in general, interact with the public and tourists, allowing for greater exposure. The program includes a cafe, gallery, conference rooms, classrooms, and a large plaza area. The building is composed of walls patterned with diamond cutouts, which create doors, windows, a sense of lightness, and opportunities for product display. Not only is "lace" depicted in section and elevation, the shadows produced by the form create "lace in plan".

Mixed Use Low-Rise

Mixed Use Low-Rise

Inspired by the terraces and forms of ziggurats, this mixed-use low-rise presents a dynamic environment for people and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train passengers. The site is cut across by the Brown and Purple lines of the CTA. By presenting a typical low-cost city facade of steel and glass on the street side, funds can be put towards the lush, unexpected, and compelling green balconies/roofs and plant-life on the interior facade. Train riders witness a new green landscape, rarely seen on these routes. The stepped private parks of the building are continued into the available portions of the site as public parks.

Performance Space

Performance Space

Designed with both indoor and outdoor performance areas, the abstracted cloud structure engages the user, modifying natural shadows and space. The elevated interior space is shaped by a "glass box" and concrete walls, cast-in-place to resemble disparately sized layers, in order to elicit a feeling of floating, while providing views of the vast and expansive meadow.

Performance Space / SW Elevation

Performance Space / SW Elevation

Designed with both indoor and outdoor performance areas, the abstracted cloud structure engages the user, modifying natural shadows and space. The elevated interior space is shaped by a "glass box" and concrete walls, cast-in-place to resemble disparately sized layers, in order to elicit a feeling of floating, while providing views of the vast and expansive meadow.

Urban Infill

Urban Infill

Designed for live and work, this urban infill matches the materiality of the surrounding downtown cityscape while defying the Georgian-inspired flat city-facade. The balconies curve, emerging from the edges of the surrounding structures; users and passersby enjoy shade and visual stimulation from the kinetic facade. The structural grid provides a central circulation core flanked by rooms on either side. Live/work spaces are provided on the first and second floors, while the third, fourth, and fifth floors are comprised of residential space.

Lucena City Travel Poster

Lucena City Travel Poster

Designed for a representation course, the travel posters depict existing landscapes in Lucena City, Philippines. The photos have been made to look weathered and vintage. The landscapes themselves look old-world but are the current state of these locations. The vector designs on top are meant to contrast the more dirty, less colorful world in the background to emphasize the fantasy of travel with the reality of place.

Lucena City Travel Poster

Lucena City Travel Poster

Designed for a representation course, the travel posters depict existing landscapes in Lucena City, Philippines. The photos have been made to look weathered and vintage. The landscapes themselves look old-world but are the current state of these locations. The vector designs on top are meant to contrast the more dirty, less colorful world in the background to emphasize the fantasy of travel with the reality of place.