RONGA ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO SELECTED WORKS 2014 - 2017
“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.” (Robert M. Pirsig)
Cover picture by Alessandro Ronga (Extract from "Tectonic studies" exam, Msc 01)
Contents This Portfolio is composed of four feature sections :
About me, Postgraduate projects, Internship works and Project Architect works.
FEATURE ONE ABOUT ME 3 ABOUT ME & CV 5 RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
FEATURE TWO POSTGRADUATE WORKS 7 AMOMA 13 THE PATH 19 SUBURBAN DWELLINGS
FEATURE THREE INTERNSHIP WORKS 23 INNER GARDEN VILLA 27 VILLA STOMPWIJK
FEATURE FOUR PROJECT ARCHITECT WORKS 31 TIANYI HEADQUARTERS 35 TIANLIN FACTORY 39 SHAOGUAN FACTORY CAMPUS
Learning From The Past With a Look Towards The Future
ALESSANDRO RONGA Italian March 10th 1989, Rome, Italy email@example.com Signalvej 9, Aalborg, Denmark +45 50280729 +39 3293269980
i, my name is Alessandro and I was born and raised in Rome where, in 2014, I graduated from the “Università degli studi Roma 3” with a Bachelor’s degree in Science of Architecture. I decided to complete my academic studies abroad, and in 2016 I graduated from the “Aalborg Universitet” with a Master’s degree in Architecture and Design. Here, among the kaleidoscopic variety of features belonging to the Nordic Architecture such as honesty and simplicity, I had the chance to understand and analyse the theme of sustainability and the environmental protection. I firmly believe in Architecture as the science of observation and understanding of what surrounds us, leading the Architect to investigate the world. Nowadays, in this frenetic and “rhythmless” era, tradition and culture are the main features which differentiate us one another. Therefore, it is really important for an Architect to experience a completely foreign context, out of his comfort zone, to expand its knowledge and to create new interests. Thanks to this principle, I always try to push myself towards new horizons, with the aim of learning and getting inspired as much as I could from people and buildings.
Objectives Seeking a position in an environment which pushes the current boundaries of my skills, striving to gain the respect of the team through strong communication, teamwork, presentation, graphics skills, and the ability to handle sustainable design.
June 2018 - July 2018 B1P GROUP, Rome, Italy PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANT Consulting, coordination, and implementation of the BIM model and realization of its relative technical documentation.
Apr 2017 - May 2017 MAGNIFICAT, Beijing, China FREELANCE PROJECT ARCHITECT Concept design development for a furniture shop in Jia Shan.
Dec 2016 - Dec 2017 SKEW COLLABORATIVE, Shanghai, China PROJECT ARCHITECT Client consulting, overall development of running and incoming projects, coordinator of work execution, 2D and 3D drawings, researching and analysing data, realization of presentations for clients, technical drawings. Aug 2015 - Jan 2016 123DV LIONG LIE, Rotterdam, The Netherlands INTERN I was involved in the design process of different running projects, 2D and 3D drawings, researching and analysing data, realization of presentations for clients, technical drawings and modelmaking. June 2011 - Oct 2013 STEAG.it, Rome, Italy TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Energy certificates and expert advices: I was involved in collecting and analysing data for the realization of energy certificates in a thorough and consistent manner, recommending solutions, evaluating materials and suppliers, reporting a professional and complete architectural survey, building control procedures and drawing in Autocad.
Adobe Suite Autocad 2D/3D Rhinoceros
Vray Revit 3D StudioMax Grasshopper Relux BSim BE10 LCAbyg Corel painter
Exhibitions Sept 2017 - Nov 2017 “Cultural revolution” - Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism - Korea Skew Collaborative
Personal Skills Analysing information Reporting research results Presentation skills Verbal and written communication Keen eye for details Teamwork Problem solving Organization Perseverance and motivation Confidence Curiosity
Academic Degrees Sept 2014 - Jun 2016 Master’s degree in Architecture and Design Aalborg University, Aalborg, DK. Sept 2010 - Feb 2014 Bachelor’s degree in Science of Architecture University « Roma3 », Rome, IT. Sept 2003 - Jun 2008 Diploma Scientifico Liceo C.Cavour, Rome, IT.
Certification June 2018 Revit Architecture Certified Professional - Autodesk exam
Languages Italian - Mother tongue English - Professional working proficiency Danish - Basic
Interests Sport Music Nature Travel Film Art Guitar Motorcycle trip
AURORA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Competition/Master Thesis, MSc 04, 2016, AAU, group work AutoCad, 3D StudioMax+VRay, Rhinoceros+Grasshopper, Illustrator, Photoshop, Model (3D printer and laser cutter)
his is a project for a Guggenheim museum located in Helsinki, Finland. The aim was to design a building able to evoke the Guggenheim spirit as a landmark and at the same time incorporate the fundamentals of sustainable theories. The spaces inside the museum are thought to be as flexible as possible with their own separate character. This includes large and low spaces, dark and light rooms, straight and organic areas. The idea of the fluidity and the free spaces is also reflected in the use of ramps which leaves a clean result, free from elevators and stairs in the public areas. The flow is kept as simple as possible with one continuous route that leads the visitors through the museum and back. The roof itself plays an important role in creating dramatic transitions between the museum areas, emphasizing the scale and fluidity. The cafĂŠ and
restaurant are thought to be a pleasant and interesting space where visitors can enjoy the landscape after the visit at the museum and add another dimension to the experience. The officesâ€™ area is flexible and pleasant to work in, with hight ceiling and a good daylight factor. The auditorium, which is located in the administration area, is thought to have a good acoustical performance. The urban flows have been taken into consideration in order to attract visitors coming from the main street and from the park. The bridge is a visual and physical connection between the site and the observatory park, which is one of the highest and most populated green spaces in the area. It works as a spine where it connects the functions on one side of the building to the other, whilst also distributing technical appliances like veins in a body.
Personal tasks: Mapping and analysis, concept development, definition of the overall design, illustrations and visualizations. SKETCH THE SITE RENDER AMOMA
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FIRST NIVEAU PLAN 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Lobby Museum and design store Project Area Dark exhibition 4 Dark exhibition 3 Dark exhibition 3 Dark exhibition 2 Project area Solomon ramp Children exhibition area Visitor lockers Loading dock
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Study 3D print model View from the Palace Hotel Upper exhibition area
Diagramatic overview concept south-west elevation
THE PATH Tectonic Design, Structure and Construction, MSc 01, 2014, AAU, Group work AutoCad, Rhino+VRay, Illustrator, Photoshop, Grasshopper, Model (Laser Cutter)
he project consists in the design of a church complex in Aalesund, Norway. The main idea was to integrate in the building two very different functions, one more practical and laic (the offices) and the other one more spiritual and sacral (the church), making them coexist. This challenge has been overcome by designing a path which strikes through the complex and not only divides the functions of the church, but also allows the genesys of a dynamic space. The path becomes the spine of the building where all the functions branches from. Following the topography, the path has its highest point in the middle of it, where the churchroom is located and it lowers down at the end, connecting
the church complex with the external funeral chapel and the cemetery. The architecture of the church coexists with the strong Norwegian nature, instead of prevaricating it, continuously letting it appear inside. The path presents meditation points, expressed through the metaphorical use of the four natural elements, where the visitor can stop by. It ends with an underground cloister, situated under the funeral chapel. The structure is envisioned to have a celestial feeling through the use of light and the optimization of it, in acoustic terms. The detailing of the structure is inspired by the techniques used in the Norwegian Stave Churches.
Personal tasks: Mapping and analysis, concept development, definition of the overall design, illustrations and visualizations. CONCEPT THE PATH RENDER THE END, CHAPEL
Sections & plan 1:500 model
17 GL36H 700X400mm Steel pin 50X50mm Steel plate Steel pin,60mm Steel dowel pin 100x100mm Air gap,50mm Welded bracket Steel footing,Ă˜140mm Steel bolt,Ă˜35mm Concrete Insulation,600mm Capillary layer
The church room 1:100 church room model The water experience
Sustainable design, MSc 02, 2015, AAU, group work AutoCad, Rhino+VRay, Illustrator, Photoshop, Grasshopper, Bsim, BE10 Model (Laser Cutter)
he project has is located in Aalborg, close to one of its main infrastructural axes, Vestebro road. The design was thought to keep an equilibrium between two different approaches to sustainability: one oriented towards the respect of the context and the other one towards building techniques. The main goal was to design highly qualitative spaces and to guide the users towards the respect of nature by pushing them towards a limited energy consumption. The envisioned atmosphere of the sun lighting up green areas, the sound of children and the smell of coffee and fruits from the urban gardens was thought to strengthen the relation between Human and Nature. Simultaneously, the apartments achieve the envisioned idea of guiding
the user towards a sustainable attitude. Speaking about the different levels of privacy, the project is clearly divided in layers. The upper levels are the most private, while the bottom ones, mainly host common functions. The ground floor is completely public. At this level, four different urban spaces are outlined. The first coming from Vesterbro is the square, a linear and flexible space, open to different uses: a market during certain days of the week, an extension of the adjacent commercial areas during sunny days and a meeting and sharing square in the rest of the time. This complex reaches the standards of a zero energy building.
Personal tasks: Mapping and analysis, concept development, definition of the overall design, illustrations and visualizations. CONCEPT CONNECTIONS MODEL THE BUILDING
21 The overheating throughout a year presents in the different areas of the two apartment typologies, is within the standards reported in the new Danish building regulations.
HOURS ABOOVE COMFORT
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Toilet Kitchen Livingroom
Section Hours above comfort
In the living room 6 oâ€™clock
Typical Persian courtyard as a natural light source and microclimate
Purity of water in Persian Garden Religious Calligraphy as first ecounter with the building
Colored glass Typical vernacular movable glass window
INNER GARDEN VILLA
123 DV Liong Lie, Teheran, Iran, 2015, under construction AutoCad, Sketchup+VRay, Illustrator, Photoshop
he Inner Garden Villa was an ongoing project located in Teheran, Iran, in a steep mountainous area. The building presents two hypogeum floors and two floors above ground. The bottom one is located at the same level of the lower street, where the garage can be reached thanks to a twenty meters long tunnel. This design was inspired by the traditional Persian architecture, especially from the configuration of the courtyard houses and their micro-climatic effects. These particular homes are thought to have a central courtyard around which, the functions of the other rooms, can change according to the season in order to get the perfect balance between their use and the rooms’ climatic conditions. For this reason a central patio, which vertically cuts the three main floors, was designed for the villa. My assignment was to help the
architect in charge, to design some parts of the villa, investigating materials and making visualizations. I personally worked on the design of the swimming pool, located in the basement of the building, following the clients’ suggestions. Their aim was to recreate the feeling of a thermal bath but at the same time have the warmth and the intimacy of a familiar place. I was also involved in the idealization of the retractable glazed roof on top of the patio, with the aim of avoiding the heat loss during winter period and to allow natural ventilation during summer time. The overall design is a modern concept that keeps the ideology of the traditional Iranian houses. Moreover, I worked at the presentation of this project for the “NAI” (“National Architecture Institute“, The Netherlands), making schemes and illustrations.
Personal tasks: Investigation of materials, retractable roof design, partial design, illustrations and visualizations. DIAGRAM IRANIAN HOUSE RENDER THE ENTRANCE
Roof system Section
The Patio Wellness area
Geveldrager volgens opgave constructeur Ducomax ZR 50 Alto 1908+ bk koozij
Alcoa RT72 aluminium kojin 1024+ ok vensterbank
Wandopbouw - Baksteen Petersen Tegl 528/108/37 - Spouw 40mm - Damp open waterdichte laag - Isolatie 170mm - CLT element 100mm
VILLA STOMPWIJK 123 DV Liong Lie, Stompwijk, The Netherlands, 2015 ,design process AutoCad, Sketchup+VRay, Illustrator, Photoshop
his project is located in Stompwijk, a village in the Dutch province of South Holland. This piece of land, handed down from one generation to another, was originally used as a farm. The clients wanted a modern design with a flat roof, mainly organized in one level in order to avoid the use of the staircase when they will age. Following the request, the design was developed in order to have everything in one level and only an office studio in the upper floor. The main idea was to place the long side of the building along the road, in order to have the prettiest view towards the nature. Unfortunately, the initial design did not fully fit in the building regulation. After two years
of variations and changes of the design, the studio got the approval from the city planner. From this moment, I was involved in the realisation of renders and illustrations. Moreover, I was in charge, under the project manager supervision, of the realisation of administrative drawings to be presented at the municipality, in order to achieve the final building permission. I partially worked on the design of the top floor, where the studio is located, choosing materials and making proposals for internal and external spaces, in order to get the approval from the beauty commission.
Personal tasks: Investigation of materials, details, partial design, administrative drawings, illustrations and visualizations. DRAWING WINDOW RENDER ENTRANCE
13000 Gevel Stramien Buitenmaat
bk dak bk kozjin ok kozjin bk borstwering ok plafond
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bk dak ok plafond
bk vloer ok vloer
bk dak ok plafond
Back view South-west view
PROJECT ARCHITECT WORKS
TIANYI HEADQUARTERS Skew Collaborative, Shanghai, China, 2017, built Revit, AutoCad, Rhinoceros+Vray, Photoshop, Model (Laser Cutter)
he Tianyi Headquarters, located in Shanghai, is the health-related finance and investment arm of Healthwork. It is a reconversion project of an old factory, which was previously used to produce bearing spare parts for SAIC, into an office. The building has two storeys, and is thought to be a flexible and pleasant working place, providing the users with all the services needed. The importance for the client of a fluid internal flow, plays a crucial role in the final design, which has been thought to be continuous and clear, from the first floor, dedicated to the administrative and financial department of the company, up to the second floor, dedicated to the management area. The considerable height of the ceiling of the first floor and
the demand of the client for a large number of offices and meeting rooms, led us to design a mezzanine between the ground and the first floor. The office serves 30+ managers that, despite working outside the office, also need individual spaces. I was involved in the design in its latest stage, producing technical drawings to be presented to the constructor and designing some areas of the building. I also personally worked on some furnitures, such us the counter, for the office and I took care of the realization of the staircase. Together with the project leader in charge, I regularly provided reports on the progress of the work, weekly visiting the building site.
Personal tasks: Investigation of materials, details, partial design, administrative drawings, illustrations and visualizations. PHOTO ENTRANCE PHOTO ON THE MEZZANINE
Plan Concept Section
On the mezanine Counter
PROJECT ARCHITECT WORKS
TIANLIN FACTORY Skew Collaborative, Shanghai, China, 2017, exhibition project (Seoul,Korea) AutoCad, Rhinoceros+Vray, Photoshop, Model (Laser Cutter)
his research is a close investigation of the process of industrialization in Shanghai in the twentieth century. It reveals a particular history and potential of the city, identifying the knock-on effects of industrialization in the context of a relentless form of urbanization that is synonymous of China in the last decade. This exhibition contains three sets of historical analysis, urban models and architectural interventions made by the office. I personally worked on the Caohejing Hi-tech park analysis, leading the whole research and the requalification of an old
factory, located in Tianlin road. The late-industrial forms and organization in Shanghai would suggest that the industrial typology is highly unstable and evolving, with a stronger need for hybridity. The analysis led the design towards a more open environment, thinking at the ground-levels as public spaces. The original structure of the old buildings has been kept and the faรงades have been redesigned with a clean approach, in order to let the tubes stand out from the rest. The latter, work as grafts, bringing new and original functions into the three blocks.
Personal tasks: Mapping and analysis , historical research, concept development, definition of the overall design, exhibition organizer, illustrations and visualizations. PHOTO SEOUL BIENNALE EXHIBITION ROOM PHOTO CAOHEJING HI-TECH PARK PANEL
Residential space Leisure space Co-working space
Exhibition space + enrichment activities
Gym Co-working space
Workshop Commerial space
Programs diagram Section model
Exhibition area Fitness area
PROJECT ARCHITECT WORKS
SHAOGUAN FACTORY CAMPUS Skew Collaborative, Shanghai, China, 2017, Design process AutoCad, Rhinoceros+Vray, Photoshop, Model (Laser Cutter)
his project consists in a robotic factory subdivided in an administrative core connected to a production department and to a warehouse. The clientâ€™s primary wish was to establish a physical interconnection among the different functions of the factory, so that all the departments could dialogue in a fast and effective way. The west wing of the building must include robotic manufacturing, prototyping and studios for product development, while the east wing must become the administrative block. Production and office should have two different entrances and a connection among topographic levels can be considered. Since accommodation for workers is not
longer needed, less parking is required. The landscape of the area suggested a vertical connection of the buildings at different heights. The project proposal consists therefore in an administrative tower, visible from all the complex and directly connected to a low building, housing the production department, through a bridge. The function of the latter is to fuse the two departments in a shared program, offering gathering and leisure spaces to the workers. For this project, I was involved in the concept phase and design process, producing 2d and 3d drawings, conceptual and functional diagrams and participating at the meetings with the client.
Personal tasks: Concept development, definition of the overall design, illustrations and visualizations. RENDER BACK OF THE BUILDING RENDER ENTRANCE
Admin building section 3 floor plan Section model
A selection of my works from 2014 to 2017